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Stephen Fry
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Book Description

5 Aug 2004

Moab is My Washpot is in turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively readable.

Stephen Fry's bestselling memoir tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger.

Fry writes with the wit to which we have become accustomed, but with shocking candour too. In an age of glossy celebrity autobiographies, Moab is My Washpot sets the high standard to which others should aspire.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099457040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099457046
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Fry is one of Britain's national treasures and his television appearances include 'A Bit Of Fry and Laurie', 'Jeeves and Wooster', 'Blackadder', 'QI' and 'Kingdom'. His film roles include 'Peter's Friends' and 'Wilde'; and in the realm of television, the Emmy-award-winning 'The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive'. As a writer, he best known for his novel The Liar as well as his acclaimed autobiography Moab Is My Washpot, and his is the famous voice of the Harry Potter audio books.

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"One of the most poignant, funny, intelligent, frank and horribly addictive books you're likely to read all year" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals... This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion... That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." (Financial Times)

"A remarkable, perhaps even unique, exercise in autobiography... that aroma of authenticity that is the point of all great autobiographies; of which this, I rather think, is one." (Evening Standard)

"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood... some of his bursts of simile take the breath away... his most satisfying and appealing book so far." (Observer)

"This is one of the most extraordinary and affecting biographies I have read... Stephen is... painfully honest when trying to grapple with his ever-present demons, and often, as you might expect, very funny... I hope to goodness there'll be a sequel. I can't wait for more." (Daily Mail)

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The original bestselling autobiography by the comedian, novelist and national treasure, Stephen Fry.

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143 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pot Washing Therapy 6 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
A wonderfully endearing book by a very likeable man. I was hooked from the beginning and although it does get a little mawkish on occasion, Fry's honesty is therapeutic and his admissions fascinating.
Be warned however, that this is not a whimsical account of his comedy career. It is an emotional confession of the struggle Fry had in the first twenty years of his life. Although the man's intelligence and charm are evident throughout, he vents spleen aplenty and his language is rather colourful at times. His love of music, film and words are my loves and so I devoured his writing. His digressions (he calls then diversions) often lead to even greater digressions and this is wonderful. The style is not stilted or excessively crafted but heartfelt and accessible. Fry does not set out to portray himself as misunderstood but to tell things as they are. I found the book inspirational and somehow felt better about myself afterwards. It will make you think about your family and your honesty. Yes, you will laugh but do not read this expecting a saccharine happy childhood story.
Treat yourself and indulge in some pot-washing yourself.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great autobiography 1 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
I read The Liar and The Hippopotamus and found them a little too flowery for my liking, but then I'm not a great novel reader anyway. The pages of this book, on the other hand, turned so quickly, I thought they might catch fire.
As another reviewer stated, his frequent ramblings off the main thread of the story are sheer joy and make you feel he is in the room talking to you. And he can't resist teaching us a new word by including it then demonstrating its meaning e.g. rhotacism, or explicitly correcting a widely used grammatical or spelling error! All very familiar Fry stuff.
Stephen says himself that his life is at once as unremarkable as they come and stranger than fiction, when you put it down at the end, you feel he is spot on. Only once towards the very end did I see a quality in him that you could be unashamedly proud of.
Don't worry if you don't like his novels, this is one of the most absorbing and satisfying autobiographies ever written.
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130 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stephen fry is great! 3 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
This autobiography is of the first twenty years of Stephen's life. I started to read it vaguely knowing that this was the bloke off 'Blackadder' but once I'd finished, I rushed out and bought 'The Liar' and 'The Hippopotamus'. This book is brilliant. It is completely candid about Stephen's depression, homosexuality and school life, among others. It is, however, hilarious all the way through. The reader never feels inferior to Stephen's undoubted intelligence because of the way he mocks himself so easily. By the end of the book, all I wanted to do was go and find him and give him a big hug and tell him everything will be fine! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone, and also his other books which are all excellent as well.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love 18 April 2006
Format:Paperback
Stephen Fry is one of the most fascinating public figures in British life. This first autobiography is relentlously honest and entirely compelling.

Stephen Fry is an adorable human being and the journey of his early years is profoundly thrilling, enlightening and more often than not, hilarious.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry 28 Jan 2009
By Patrick Neylan VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As the song says, Thou Shalt Not Question Stephen Fry - but I'm going to do it anyway. I love Stephen Fry. If I too were (to use his phrase from this book) "not like other boys" then I wouldn't be writing reviews of his books. I'd be out there stalking him. Fortunately for both of us, I'm not.

Fry at 51 is a beautiful man, and deserves credit for being so honest as to show what a smug, selfish, preening, dishonest and downright callous little b-----d he was at 10, 14 and 18. If that sounds harsh, it's nothing compared with how harshly Fry judges himself.

Even as he wrote this book (aged 40) he couldn't help showing off at times, which shows us that part of that insufferable little fellow is still there. Not that we need to be told that one of the best-loved men in Britain is insecure; it's part of his charm.

And although he is harrowingly honest, he occasionally stops short. He half-heartedly tries to put some of the blame for his stealing on his love for "Matthew", even though he has been a shameless thief since before he can remember. And he never seriously tackles what made him so amoral from such an early age.

Nonetheless, it is a beautifully written tale of redemption. One is left feeling that it was a minor miracle that he could save himself after throwing away every opportunity given to him.

It's not perfect. There are errors of English that should never appear in any book, let alone one by Stephen Fry (the worst examples are "baited breath" and "Rolls Royce's"). Regrettably, the present edition comes in a cover seemingly designed by the same people who do
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It changed the way I view Fry 8 Feb 2011
By Apollo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am at odds with this book! Fry has laid bare his early life and holds nothing back. One gets the feeling that he is, in some way, looking for absolution in doing so. I am left with a picture of a self obsessed, solipsist who is full of self loathing and hell bent on destruction at that point in his life.

I found some of the text wince inducing and uncomfortable to read but that is a personal thing, I'm sure. This outing (literally - forgive the pun) urges me to buy his more recent offering simply because we all know that the, "lad turned out alright".

I do view him differently now though. It's like when a friend says or does something that is out of character and there is just that small shift in your relationship. Read it, you might see what I mean.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
A surprising and very honest account of Stephen's first 20 years, intermittent with rants and passing thoughts. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I have had the The Chronicles of Stephen Fry sitting patiently on my book shelf for sometime. I picked it up to read only to realise there was an earlier book Moab is my washpot... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Nellie Sheep
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE Stephen Fry
Love this book, read and listened to it many times. Really makes you appreciate where stephen came from. Would recommend to anyone.
Published 28 days ago by Mr M A Blount
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this was a very good item.
it was as described.
it was as expected.
it was delivered on time.
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Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars why did I bother.
Found this very boring and if I hadn't Bought it, I wouldn't have bothered to finish it. Did just flick through a lot of the pages as it babbled on and on.
Published 1 month ago by Y. Leeds
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but...veering off tangent during the book was a tad irritating.
If you have an interest in Stephen Fry's private life then you will find out a bit more about it when you read this book! I don't feel it makes sense to state if it's good or bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting and thorough biography
Stephen Fry is an interesting and talented character with a very clever brain, and he gives us all the details of his complex life.
with his usual humour.
Published 2 months ago by tourit
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable autobiography read!
Brought back fond memories of a bygone age. Interesting life story, will defiantly look forward to reading the follow on years and will recommend it to my daughter.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive reading
Stephen Fry is now such a household name, with untold interviews under his belt, that by the time I got round to reading this book I thought there would be little more to learn... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gurjit
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Fry is OK!
I was really annoyed to receive Stephen Fry' s Chronicles for Christmas. I prefer my intellectuals to be more 'serious' -why would I want to waste my time reading about a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nigel Marshall
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