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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857860569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857860569
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a thoroughly-researched, breezily-written, affectionate and yet never dewy-eyed account of how a great TV series was put together. It stands as a worthy monument to its creator - Daily Mail

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Graham McCann is the most trusted and admired entertainment writer working in the UK today. He is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of books on Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Frankie Howerd, Cary Grant, Spike Milligan, Terry-Thomas, Woody Allen, John Le Mesurier, Morecambe and Wise, and Marilyn Monroe. He also writes regularly on politics and culture for a wide range of publications.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hall on 10 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
The clue is in the title. It's the story of the show, it's not a reference work full of facts and dry interviews. For anyone looking for an exhaustive reference work about Only Fools and Horses this is not for you, such books are already available. Too often this kind of book can be deadly dull. They can never be as funny as the subject they are written about and are often simply just a litany of facts about it. Graham McCann's book about Only Fools and Horses is much more than that. It provides a wealth of interesting background material on how the show came about, how some of the show's iconic moments came to be written and how they were performed. There's also material on the earlier careers of the writer and the main stars. Above all it is a very warm tribute to the late John Sullivan, and a well written one at that.

The author provides his own opinion of the show throughout. This is fair enough, it's not a reverential history and it provides an insight into why some of the show's quality varied. If you are a die-hard fan of OFAH and think it never put a foot wrong then this book will not be an easy read. If you are more realistic and accept that like everything else it had high points and low points, then this is a fascinating work on how a TV sitcom is created and produced, nearly disappears and then becomes probably the most popular British sitcom ever.

According to some reviewers the book contains some factual errors. If that is the case, perhaps they should point some of them out so we could all be aware. I'm sure the author would be interested and if the errors are substantiated could then update his book. Either way, it's not something that will bother the general reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on 3 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Being a keen follower of OFAH,and yes watching the jumbled episodes of Gold I found this book enjoyable. I took to be an overview of the programme, and not a blow by blow account of each episode and how it came to fruition. This book is for the keen amateur, not the obsessive who will obviously have far greater knowledge of the series, and its nuances. I am not sure I would pay £20 for the book, price from Amazon, but for a good introduction to the genre, and overview of each episode, which I found useful as a reference point then this is a good starting point.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Perry on 5 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of Only Fools and Horses, and founder and President of the OFAH Appreciation Society, I was very much looking forward to reading this book, ony to be left feeling very dissapointed. First of all, while the book is about the show, it is fair to say that is as equally about the author's own opinions of it--many of which I found to be way off the mark. By far its biggest and most irritating flaw though is the amount of mistakes relating to the show that it contains--I gave up counting at about 20! I know I am in more of a position to notice these than the average person on the street, but still, if you are going to write about and criticise the show (or any show) the very least you can do is get your facts straight. It left me wondering whether the author has actually ever even watched the show and wishing that they had spent as much time and care on this side of things as they have on their personal views. Finally, apart from these views the book doesn't really tell anything about the show that hasn't already been told in previous Only Fools' books. Sorry to say but overall a big let down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FoxOutOfTheBox on 19 Jun. 2012
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While accepting there are a few inaccuracies in terms of facts here and there, it doesn't detract from the average fan of OF&H really enjoying this book.

I laughed out loud at so many of the show's quotes - even when I knew what the punchline was going to be! Got a few odd looks around the pool where I was reading it.

Great show, great memories, great book - don't let a few minor errors put you off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOKE on 22 July 2012
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Great insight into the programme and its characters the trails and tribulations John Sullivan endured to come up with the masterpiece the show is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B Reanualt on 20 April 2013
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I read this book with enthusiasm. I did not notice any of the aforementioned mistakes. I really enjoyed the anecdotes and history of the times.

I am surprised some reviewers are criticising the author for giving his views. After all this is not a reference book.

All in all, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holmfirth on 23 Mar. 2014
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Graham McCann's book is a brilliant read. It gives the full background story to the long-running and very popular tv comedy, and helpfully provides a guide to every episode. A great publication!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Country Boy on 28 Jan. 2013
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Delivery excellent. This was a Christmas present for a friend; he hasn't read it yet, but the book was of reasonable quality.
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