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My Name is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir

My Name is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Smith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Funny, poignant, interesting and charming. This is how life should be lived, (apart from where he nearly dies). (John O'Farrell)

All the qualities which make Arthur Smith such a success on the stage are here... by drawing out the comedy in humdrum reality he keeps one constantly smiling (The Scotsman)

The loveable old codger rolls out his memoirs, full of so-barking-they-must-be-true stories of his youth and stand-up career (Metro)

...witty, self-aware and poignant (The Observer) radiates a glow of whimsy and invention (Independent on Sunday)

Book Description

The autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved alternative comedians

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3634 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RSB4G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming and completely brilliant 11 May 2009
By Lou
A lovely book. Arthur is a fantastic writer and his story is both very funny and touchingly poignant. Whether you have previous knowledge of Arthur or not, there is much to be gained from reading this beautifully written memoir which is completely life affirming and a wonderful testament to him. I defy anyone to come away from it and not feel better about pretty much everything.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and warm piece of writing 14 May 2009
Clichéd though it may be, this is such an easy book to read and so hard to put down. A rarity in that it is a "celebrity autobiography" in which the author beautifully describes the humanity of his life and experiences, rather than merely regurgitating a series of slightly salacious and dull anecdotes.

Having finished My Name is Daphne Fairfax, you can't help but feel that you know the author personally and, he is someone you actually like!

In his version of Hamlet, Arthur advised - before you speak, consider whether what you have to say is better than silence. A principal he has applied to writing this memoir and not a word is wasted.

Without doubt, the best biography I have read in a very long time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy old man with a heart of Gold .... 11 May 2009
This book is an amazing read ! Who would have thought that beneath that gravelly and grumpy exterior was a tender touching and human writer with a sensitivity for detail and observation which makes this account of his first 50-something years a "page-turner" from beginning to end.

It will make you both laugh and cry (mercifully mainly the former), but the affection with which he sketches those around him is both touching and humbling. For an insight into the murky world of "alternative comedy", and mercifully few showbiz anecdotes - this is a must buy read for anyone interested in entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live book show 20 Jan 2010
If my husband hadn't obtained this book for me I wouldn't have thought to read it but I'm glad he did as it was well written, amusing and rather wry. I first became aware of Arthur's work when I saw Paul Merton and Caroline Quentin perform his play `Live Bed Show' in London's Glittering West End (Arthur's words, not mine.) and thought the writing was spot on.

It was a joy to read from start to finish, especially as I know the areas of South London he grew up in and studied (albeit briefly) at the same university. The sections about his early comedy career, the different stand up acts and the various Edinburgh Fringe Shows are well worth a read, as are his first faltering steps into show business and the comedy show which nearly ruined his career. I especially loved the references to the late, great Malcolm Hardee and if you've never heard of him, I suggest that you look him up on an encyclopaedia website and read one of the funniest entries of all time. Arthur doesn't shy away from difficult episodes in his life, albeit his nearly fatal pancreatus caused by his heavy drinking or the death of his beloved father, Syd, but that's what makes this book so heartwarming.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delighted brother 1 May 2009
I am of course hopelessly biased being Brian/Arthur's older brother, but this marvellous book makes you laugh and makes you cry--and what more could you want? A must read for anybody who knows or admires Brian/Arthur, and a great read for those just wandering by--even the person he imagines at the end of the book scanning it 50 years from now in a second hand bookshop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The working mans Stephen Fry 6 Aug 2010
By 7622jon
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This is a completely honest and candid account of a very clever man, and his relationships and career over his life so far. Funny, and in parts (about Syd) tearful, it is an easy read very well written. The strange this is I read it with his voice - if that makes sense - which made it all the more real. The stories about Edinburgh Festival and the highs and low are a true insight into one of Britain's little gems - Daphne Fairfax.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Emma
I'm not Arthur's brother. This book completely took me by surprise.
It is a moving memoir of growing up on the bombsites of south London, a tribute to a loving, interesting and supportive family and an adventure story of forging a career on the comedy circuit.
Tonnes of laugh-out-loud tales a few tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best audiobook I have read for years 15 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I listen to alot of audiobooks in the car and this was a really unexpected delight. Honest, funny, loving, heartwarming but with just the right sprinkle of cynicism.
Arthur Smith gets it just right, I can recommend this CD to anyone, go on buy it, you'll feel better when you have read it !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Wayne Treslove
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Arthur - you did sleep with my sister **
Bright and breezy with the constitution of Keith Richards and Mo Farah combined; Arthur Smith rollocks through British media and very good news this is too, as the book is witty,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb....
A real life's journey, from childhood on bombsites and wasteland,to rights of passage in Paris...... an unexpected surprise... be sure to explore for yourselves...
Published 7 months ago by Andy Cooper-Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting account of stand up and like in the smoke
Ok, I admit to being a fan, and probably a fellow "grumpy old man". The book is an honest account of Arthur's life and loves and the comedy circuit. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and funny.
If your expecting the usual celeb/comedians biographies that are invariably trotted out in the run up to Christmas look elsewhere. Read more
Published 10 months ago by florian
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I thought it was witty, interesting and intelligent - as you would expect from Arthur. I happily recommend it .
Published 11 months ago by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found this quite difficult to read, but was determined to finish it. I think this was probably to do with the writing style. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sma Parcel
4.0 out of 5 stars My Name is Douglas Wood
Since I finished reading this a few weeks ago I've been trying to work out why I can only give it 4 stars. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Douglas Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I've long been an admirer of Authur Smith and this a beautifully written and very touching story. Top marks Brian!
Published 23 months ago by Peter Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass In Comedy Writing
I recently wrote in a review of It's Not Me, It's You!: Impossible perfectionist, 27, seeks very very very tidy woman that there are many books out there by comedians that simply... Read more
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