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Mrs. Fry's Diary [Hardcover]

Mrs Stephen Fry
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15 Oct 2010
Stephen Fry's secret wife speaks out at last...

Enjoyed a nice cuppa this morning with a HobNob and Jeremy Kyle. There was a woman on there who'd been married 16 years without realising her husband was gay. Extraordinary! Which reminds me, it's our 16th anniversary in a few weeks. What a coincidence.

Stephen Fry - actor, writer, raconteur and wit. Cerebral and sophisticated, a true Renaissance man.

Or is he?

Finally, his secret double life - the womanizing, the window-cleaning, the kebabs, the karaoke - is exclusively revealed by Edna, his devoted wife and mother of his five, six or possibly seven children. These diaries take us through a year in the life of an unwitting celebrity wife, and are rumoured to include:

- scandalous nocturnal shenanigans
- advice on childcare
- 101 things to do with a tin of Spam.

'A good diary should be like a good husband - a constant companion, a source of inspiration and, ideally, bound in leather.' - Edna Fry

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444720775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444720778
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Daily Express)

'Buy the wife's book or I'll never hear the end of it.' (Stephen Fry)

'The clever wordplay and gags keep coming... it's consistently funny and will keep all types of readers entertained.' (Irish News)

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Hilarious diary by Mrs Stephen Fry, the wife you never knew he had. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huzzah and Hurrah! 17 Oct 2010
There are some things in life that, no matter how dark times are, will never fail to make you smile.

Finally, the world can find out what we Twitter-types have known for a long time: Edna Fry is just one of those things. We love her, and now so will you.

Mrs. Fry's Diary is everything I expected. It's irreverent, charming, and it's going to cause you to draw much attention to yourself when you read it in public. Yes, everything I expected and more. The diary is not merely full of witty wordplay; we are treated to rare glimpses of the Frys and their children, Mrs. F's legendary Spam recipes, and tales of exotic adventures abroad. (That said, when are you and Stephen coming to New York, dear? I'm still waiting!)

Edna is, without question, a Twitter phenomenon. I am so proud of her accomplishments and can only hope the success doesn't go to her head. (She'll need a new hat, for a start.)

Edna has done so much for me, so the very least I can do is tell you to stop reading this right now and buy this book. A copy for every room in your house, a copy for your dog, and a copy for everyone in your school, office, or favorite Twitter bar. You'll want to read it again and again. I promise you'll find something more hilarious than the last time you picked it up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read in a library, they'll kick you out 7 Dec 2010
I'm not a laugh out loud sort of person. I don't even like the LOL abbreviation. Still i did LOL on nearly every page. I keep the book in my car and read it when i have a minute or two. I recently drove some colleagues to lunch and one of them (more reserved than me), picked it up and LOL several times on the drive to the restaurant. The things that make you LOL are the unexpectedness of the humor. It is a book of wonderful imagery and titillating prose. My only complaint is with me. I didn't grow up British and imagine I would be laughing out loud even more so if i had.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Stephen fry diary 14 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An amazing recording of a marvelous house wife who really is a megastar in the making. Her quick wit and amazing way she can tell her tale of everyday life struggling with the highs and lows of a suburban mother with six or seven kids juggling her housekeeping money to serve tempting spam dishes to keep the spice of life going in her marriage even with Stephen her husband friendliness to a neighbors and visits to local pub. A must read for all wives and mothers to help them through the challenges from day to day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable laughs, but I laughed anyway. 26 April 2011
As I follow Mrs Edna Fry on Twitter, and am always chuckling away at some of the tweets that she comes up with, I knew that I had to get this book to give me a laugh, and a break from some hard going novels I'd been tackling at the time.

Everything is tongue-in-cheek humour and you can certainly see the funny bits coming but as long as you don't expect it to be anything but a silly book, then you can't go far wrong with this one.

We read about Stephen Fry's secret life with his wife and 6+ children...they've lost count now, and I couldn't help myself when I looked at the dates of what was being written in Edna's diary and trying to figure out what Stephen would have actually been doing. I'm a bit sad like that.

If you follow Edna and Stephen on Twitter, then you should give this book a go.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration to all downtrodden housewives 10 May 2011
By Heather
Mrs Stephen Fry is an inspiration to all downtrodden housewives and a role model to every mother of uncertain age and progeny. Edna shows us exactly how we can please our husbands, get creative with spam and nurture a talent for poetry - all while sporting a charming array of hats. Her tender outpourings have already inspired similarly modest ladies such as Mrs Michael Gove and Mrs Tony Blair to share their secrets of domestic bliss. Long may Mrs Fry's influence continue.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edna needs you!! 17 Oct 2010
Edna, poor Edna! Poor misguided, misled and downtrodden Edna! I will always be here for you!

Readers.... Edna needs you!

And more importantly, YOU NEED EDNA! Travel with Mrs Fry through 365 diary entries of devotion, revelation and downright, side-splitting marvelousness! I have trawled the shops tirelesly for a book that includes both Spam recipes AND bondage techniques, and finally it has arrived! Hurrah!

Buy it! Buy it now! You will never look back....
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise 26 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an impulse buy & proved to be a quick read & a very pleasant surprise. It was witty & unputdownable once I had come to terms with the ludicrous premise. Good fun, pacey & quite ridiculous!! A lovely lighthearted book from Stephen Fry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A droll, wicked and absolutely fabulous read 21 Mar 2011
By Kali
I laughed my way through every page in the book. Meet Mrs Edna FRY, unaware of her husband's celebrity status, living in a dreamworld where she is the mistress in her own home and Stephen is somewhere in the background doing his "thing", which as far as she is aware is him being a window cleaner or something like that! Told in diary form, this is an absolute hoot of a book. Edna introduces us to 101 things to do with SPAM, and how NOT to bring up your kids. She is everything that every mother secretly wishes to be, irreverent, saucy, outrageous and totally off the wall.

Welcome to the world of Edna FRY, life will never be the same again...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I read the book in one go, absolutely fantastic and hilarious!! Not many books can make me laugh out loud! Thank you Mrs. Fry
Published 1 month ago by Nette
1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny
Looks like a "book of the series", but the series never got made because it is less funny than most gardening books, more self indulgent than a politicians autobiography... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dominic G. Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Read
Great little light read. Laugh out loud funny and you'll get through it in no time, I have even read it again since.
Published 3 months ago by Craig Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Love love love Stephen Fry and Mrs Fry is equally as hilarious, who knew she was behind this fantastic man, but she is bless her, a nice easy bed time read but be prepared to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. B. Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
a very easy to read, witty book. steven fry has a lovely sense of humour and writes surprisingly well as a woman!
Published 4 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh a minute stuff
It's certainly not the kind of writing I'd have expected from the erudite Mr Fry. He doesn't miss one opportunity for a laugh in his slightly chavvy view of what the poor Mrs Fry... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Ian W. Ogilvie
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a joy
SHE'S such a fantastic cook that I simply can't wait to see if Edna publishes a cookery book. Ooh that rhymes perhaps I should join Edna's poetry class. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't finish it
I usually love stephen fry books but I just couldn't get into this one. It just seemed ridiculous and I couldn't get into it, it was rather boring to be honest, I certainly would... Read more
Published 10 months ago by T. L. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK
Best comedy book I have purchased this year! the humour is fab, and I've followed it on Twitter for ages!
Published 11 months ago by ladygayle
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!
One of the very few books I have given up on. I was expecting something rather different from a clever person like Stephen Fry.
Published 12 months ago by Barbara, Bedford
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