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Stephen Fry
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5 Aug 2004

A hilarious collection of the many articles written by Stephen Fry for magazines, newspapers and radio. It includes selected wireless essays of Donald Trefusis, the ageing professor of philology brought to life in Fry's novel The Liar, and the best of Fry's weekly column for the Daily Telegraph.

Perfect to dip into but just as enjoyable to read cover to cover, this book, perhaps more than any other, shows the breadth of Fry's interests and the depth of his insight. He remains a hilarious writer on whatever topic he puts his mind to.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099457024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099457022
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,600 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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"I do more than invite you to read Stephen Fry. I urge you to. Fry is by turns observer, humourist, reviewer, philosopher, parodist, autobiographer, academic, scourge, clown and, as often as not, an antic amalgam of all these and more, and his variant style conforms flawlessly with each selected role."

"Huge, crammed, wise, hilarious and utterly captivating" (Literary Review)

"A joyous collaboration of winging humour and sarcasm" (Mail on Sunday)

"Naughty but terribly nice" (Sunday Times)

"Appallingly funny" (Daily Telegraph)

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A delightful compendium of writings that perfectly express the wit and wisdom of Stephen Fry.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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This is actually a collection of tonnes of different articles written over the years for a variety of publications. Most are only 1 to 3 pages long, and fit as many laughs into each one as you would normally get in one whole 'comedy book'. Steven's veiwpoints are so refreshing on so many issues, yet at the same time you think to yourself, "why has no-one though of this before ?". If your sense of humour is the kind that likes originality and new twists (with surreal and quirky touches) then this is what you will laugh at.
It turned me into a big fan of his, but I did not enjoy his novels so much. This format I think gives you the best of him. He says in the intro. that he used to get loads of desperate requests from readers for copies of articles he'd done; later you see why. Actually the introduction is one of the best bits as he is SO ironic, modest and more witty than anyone I've ever read. In fact simply, Fry = Wit. If anyone else finds a book similar then please, please contact me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bitty, but witty. 18 Aug 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
This book is collection of a wealth of essays, reviews, radio sketches and other oddments from various sources, so inevitably is something of a mixed bag. The majority of the pieces - including the fictionalised ramblings of The Liar's Professor Trefusis - take the form of short essays where Fry bemoans the state of society, both here and abroad. What saves these pieces from becoming tiresome is that Fry's observations (or, to put it more bluntly - moans) are wrapped up in both his ironic humour and an invigorating prose driven by his love of words. There is one slight problem with reading the pieces en masse however, and that is that Fry does have a tendencies to repeat his favourite anecdotes, arguments, and jokes - sometimes variations of the same line can be found repeated here not once but three or four times. In the books defence, these pieces were never originally written to sit next to each other, but having been collected a rather more rigorous editing might have eliminated some of this repetition. Still, an intelligent and amusing non-fiction collection, Paperweight is perhaps better experienced in small chunks than as one continuous text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much as I like 'The Liar', I reckon 'Paperweight' for Stephen Fry's best book. This hefty but unputdownable volume collects a great tranche of Mr. Fry's reviews, essays, columns for (e.g.) 'The Listener' and (maybe best of the lot) 'radio essays' delivered by his professorial alter ego, Donald Trefusis. ('Paperweight' also contains his early play 'Latin!', which makes a truly eye-watering read decades after its first performance and is really not indicated reading for the easily offended.)
I don't think I can recommend this book highly enough - of course, Mr. Fry's wit and ear for parody never let him down, but then you'd maybe expect that. What might be more of a surprise is what an incisive commentator and critic he can be. Every topic Mr. Fry writes about is illuminated by his efforts - be it cricket, 'Clause 28', the Father Brown stories, Sherlock Holmes, socks, sex or Bernard Levin. Be careful how you use this volume though - once you open 'Paperweight', there's a fair chance the rest of the day will have to be given over to its perusal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Amusing 9 Oct 2003
If you enjoy Fry's humour (and in many respects even if you don't) you will simply love this colleciton of newspaper essays and radio transcripts. I've always enjoyed Fry's intelligent humour and it is on show here better than anywhere else.
I would say the highlight of the book is a series of transcripts of Donald Trefusus a university professor covering all manner of strange topics.
It's a strange book to try and explain, and I don't think I've done a very good job myself, so I'll just say that it is well worth owning - you will not be disappointed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars paperweight stephen fry audio and book 30 Nov 2004
By Esselle
Format:Audio Cassette
i absolutely give 5 stars to 'Paperweight' 1 and 2,for the book and the audio tape, although the audio is sooo much more entertaining, the bonus is the Fry voice surely?..never get tired of listening..his thoughts hidden in laughter,his politics and views on life never fail to amuse and are thought provoking, plus he loves Alistair Sim, so FRY RULES!! make a 2005 resolution
and get all the FRY works...
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5.0 out of 5 stars not a lightweight 4 Nov 2012
By Karin
hilarious, thoughtful, entertaining, exciting, with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, with a tear and belly laugh. Stephen Fry is one of the few people I would love to meet and empty a bottle of wine with whilst talking the hours away. This is a clever book and a must for all those, who still believe that brains are useful and should be challenged now and then.
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