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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (8 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1781312281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781312285
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Johnston appeared with the vocal group Design on more than fifty TV shows in the 1970s, such as Morecambe and Wise, Benny Hill and The Two Ronnies. He presented the breakfast show on KLOA-AM in California and then presented a daily show for many years on BBC Radio Sussex. He now runs Barn Productions and has produced more than 100 audiobooks, including the number one bestsellers 'An Evening with Johnners' and 'The Wit of Cricket'. He has also edited and compiled several books including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller 'Letters Home 1926-1945', 'The Wit of Cricket' and 'The Wit of Golf' and is the author of biographies of Kenneth Horne and of his father, Brian Johnston.

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Review

A long overdue tribute to a maestro of the microphone ... if you
haven't read this book yet, I envy you. -- Barry Cryer, The Oldie, September, 2006

A sympathetic and well-researched biography ... Barry Johnston
brings the golden age of the wireless nostalgically to life. -- Hugh Massingberd, Daily Telegraph, July 22, 2006

An affectionate tribute to Kenneth Horne, the genial father-figure
of BBC radio's Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne.
-- William Cook, The Independent, June 7, 2006

Delightful ... one is drawn irresistibly towards a gifted comedian
who was also, rather more importantly, a warm-hearted, thoroughly good
man. -- Michael Henderson, The Times, June 3, 2006

Johnston is especially entertaining when tracing the development
of programmes ... his quotations from scripts often made me laugh out
loud. -- Jonathan Cecil, Daily Mail, August 18, 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barry Johnston has previously published Johnners: The Life of Brian, a biography of his father, Brian Johnston, who worked with Kenneth Horne on BBC radio and has compiled three anthologies of his father's work In researching this book he has had the active cooperation of Kenneth Horne's surviving family as well as the help of many of the performers who worked with Horne over the course of his broadcasting career.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Kenneth Horne had a remarkable life. The youngest of seven children, his father was an MP and a renowned preacher who would fill churches with people wanting to hear his stirring orations. After Kenneth was sent down at Cambridge University he gained employment in the glass industry and was so successful at this that in time he became the Sales Director of the major car windscreen manufacturers, Triplex, and would have probably have become the Chairman and Managing Director (and therefore one of the most important figures in the British motor industry) had he not tendered his resignation on a point of principal. What makes Kenneth Hornes life remarkable though, is that at the same time as being a captain of industry, he led a double life because he was also an extremely popular figure in radio entertainment, starring in countless highly rated comedies and quiz shows. In modern day terms, this would be like Peter Kay being on the Board at Tesco's or Alan Carr running BT; I can't see this happening somehow!

It is now forty years ago since he died (almost to the day as I write this) and, apart latter day repeats of Round the Horne, I knew little of his work and nothing about his life. After reading this book though, I now know a great deal and to his credit, Barry Johnston does it in a very enjoyable way which for me, made this book a pleasure to read. I don't think that you could ask any more than this from a biography.

Any good show biz biography should provide the reader with a few quotable anecdotes, and this book has plenty of these. I was particularly amused to read that one of Hornes writing team was an official in the Salvation Army; not only that but she provided Horne, famous for his double intendres, with some of his fruitiest innuendoes.

Well worth a read for anybody who wants to read about a giant (and pioneer) of British comedy and an obviously very good man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hodgkinson on 11 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this fascinating biography of Ken Horne is the number of times the author mentions his father; the cricket commentator Brian Johnston. His father must have told the young Barry many anecdotes of his meetings with Kenneth Horne and Johnston Junior certainly rememberd them........However well done to Mr Johnston for a throughly enjoyable read and I heartily recommend this book to all Round the Horne fans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GEORGE HARRISON on 23 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good book well written, informative, a true insight to that side of kenneth Horne few people ever saw. A very good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ADB on 19 May 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kenneth Horne held many shows together. This is his life showing what an interesting man he was, and how loved and respected he was by all who worked with him .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. C. Whiteley VINE VOICE on 10 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
Barry Johnston's very detailed biography provides a wealth of information about the late, great Kenneth Horne. It is fascinating but can on occasions be a little difficult to wade through. Some of the information on Kenneth's father (whose biography is this again?) was superfluous and Johnston's constant remarking on his favourite bits of the various radio programmes was unnecessary and a little tiresome. It gathered pace towards the end, however, where it improved significantly.

It's a shame, really, since the endorsement by Barry Cryer on the front cover promises a riotous read. Ultimately, however, the book fails to be as humorous as the man himself or to accurately convey the warmth and conviviality which came across so well in Beyond Our Ken and Round The Horne. Worth reading for the detailed information, therefore, but a little disappointing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Capp on 14 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this biography of Kenneth Horne written by Barry Johnston. The book really took the reader into the life of Kenneth Horne -the comic who had shows like BEYOND OUR KEN and ROUND THE HORNE.

At the beginning of the book I thought it was very slow but as I read on the book really took on a quick pace.

I remember the shows being on the BBC LIGHT PROGRAMME but now thanks to BBC 7 I have really enjoyed listening to the shows featuring Kenneth Horne and company.

I didn't know that Kenneth had been married three times or that he had a daughter so that was quite a surprising revelation in the book.

Congratulations to Barry on a fine book, I hope he decides to do a bioigraphy on Arthur Askey another of my favourite comics.
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