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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812968190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812968194
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,541 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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“[Fry] has once again proven that he is an entertainer of the very first rank.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“It’s an old story...but Fry...has the wit and erudition to make it run like a well-made pocket watch. Be warned: the vengeance promised by the title has an unabashedly nasty flavor that’s distinctly British and quite refreshing.”—Newsweek

“In his first attempt at thriller writing, British actor-novelist Stephen Fry doesn’t stumble at all....Revenge is sweet.” —People

“A brisk thriller...smooth, clever, bittersweet, and dramatically entertaining.” —The Seattle Times

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Stephen Fry is the author of three previous novels and a memoir. As an actor he has been featured in numerous films, including Gosford Park, A Civil Action, and Wilde, in which he played the title role, and in such popular English TV series as Jeeves and Wooster, Black Adder, and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. He lives in London.


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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By maria1971 on 15 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
Note: `Revenge' is the same novel as `The Stars' Tennis Balls' re-titled for the American market

You can't go wrong with Fry's novels: his plots are unpredictable, his writing style is witty, intelligent and captivating, and his (dark) humour is ever-present ... what more could you ask for?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Adlam on 7 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I was about ten pages into Revenge when it dawned on me that I had read it before. Another ten pages, and I realised I was reading the re-titled The Star's Tennis Balls, which I had read when first published in 2000 or so. It was an odd moment of Déjà vu, because I recall having the same feeling a quarter of the way through The Star's Tennis Balls, which is how long it took for me to realise it was a reworking of The Count of Monte Cristo. Slow, eh?

Stephen Fry has, however, enough literary clout to make me willingly read a book I absent-mindedly purchased by mistake, despite having read it before and having read the full, unabridged classic to which it pays `ommige a mere six months prior. I suspect that if he republishes again under the title `False Imprisonment, Escape and Retribution', I'll pick up another copy and be just as tickled.

Fry's chief strength is his love of language... no one should pick up his work who isn't prepared to wallow in dialogue of the frothiest, smoothest, double-edgedest (sorry Mr. F) kind. It's surprising, in fact, that he can stop playing for long enough to get the story out (if I had his talent, I'd just wrap the reader in words until they suffocated in glee, and damn the point), but fortunately he has his gift under some sort of control, and can move characters, theme and plot along at the exactly the right pace.

If Revenge, (or TSTB, if you prefer) has flaws, they're minor ones; the updating and recasting feels, in places, suspiciously like a vehicle for Mr. Fry to wax ecstatic about technology and gadgets (now a few years outdated, although he's carefully not overdone the opportunities for this).
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194 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Lovborg on 23 April 2003
Format: Paperback
...and that's the extent of the review, really.
Perhaps it was dim of me, but as a long-time fan of Mr. Fry's work, I got all hot under the collar at the idea of a new novel from him. In fact, it is a re-titled (for the American market) edition of "The Stars' Tennis Balls": which is good, but not great and you can find heavily reviewed on this site elsewhere. God bless.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ray Blake VINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2007
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As others have noted, this is the same book as 'The Stars' Tennis Balls', so don't buy them both.

This is a touching novel, part old-fashioned revenge fable, part thriller, part psychological drama. Stephen Fry always manages to create characters worth investing in, and here the triumphs and tragedies are particularly keenly felt.
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