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.