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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (14 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434274089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434274086
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Fry is a leading light in film, theatre, radio and television the world over, receiving accolades in spades and plaudits by the shovel. As a writer, producer, director, actor and presenter he has featured in works as varied and adored as the movie 'Wilde', the TV series 'Blackadder' and 'Jeeves and Wooster', the sketch show 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie', the panel game 'QI', the radio series 'Fry's English Delight', Shakespeare's Globe's celebrated 2012 production of 'Twelfth Night' (as Malvolio) and documentaries on countless subjects very close to his heart.

He is also the bestselling author of four novels - 'The Stars' Tennis Balls', 'Making History', 'The Hippopotamus' and 'The Liar' - as well as two volumes of autobiography - 'Moab is My Washpot' and 'The Fry Chronicles', which published in six unique editions that combined to sell over a million copies. His third volume of autobiography, 'More Fool Me', is published in September 2014.

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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A delightful compendium of writings that perfectly express the wit and wisdom of Stephen Fry. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 1998
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Flange on 10 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 18 Aug 2005
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Johnson on 9 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
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 By Esselle on 30 Nov 2004
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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You seldom go wrong with Stephen Fry! Intelligent and witty! This is a book I will read more than once!
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By Karin on 4 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
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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By Brian on 29 Sep 2010
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This is mostly a compilation of short pieces for newspapers. Some if it is trivial, but much is thoughtful, and all is elegantly phrased. A pleasure to read.
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