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The Book What I Wrote: Eric, Ernie and Me [Paperback]

Eddie Braben
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11 April 2005
With his recent theatrical success, THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE, Braben shows that the audience for the spirit of the incomparable Eric and Ernie is just as alive today as it was in their glory years. Now, the key figure behind their success, scriptwriter Braben, has written his autobiography - with the inimitable, timeless humour, warmth and affection for Eric and Ernie of that wonderful bygone era which made their classic sketches so successful. From Liverpool to London and on to Snowdonia, Braben peppers his story with wonderful anecdotes about the original straight man and his amiable sidekick. The Book What I Wrote is as much a unique biography of the charismatic Eric and Ernie as it is an autiobiography of the man on whose gags their success was made.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340833742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340833742
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pure Morecombe and Wise. Boom boom. ( Sunday Times )

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Having begun his career as scriptwriter for Ken Dodd, Eddie Braben discovered Eric and Ernie in the late sixties. His hilarious scripts for the comic duo and his remoulding of their TV personas transformed them into the household names they remain today. Born in Liverpool, Eddie has now moved to Snowdonia.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer pleasure 1 Mar 2005
This book, by the unsung hero behind the incredible rebirth and success of Morecambe and Wise, is not strictly an autobiograhy. It is indeed peppered with insights from the author's background and upbringing, and some of the warm and inspirational people from his early life, not least his mum, the family member that appears to have inspired his gift for comedy, witness cracks like (to her husband), "Come away from the window, people will think it's a petshop". But it is above all a testament to the talent of Morecambe and Wise, and the inevitable success that followed after the three of them teamed up. And the warmth with which he regarded them, and they each other, shines through the wealth of recollections, mostly of their working relationship. There are also diversions into his other work, such as fourteen years writing for Ken Dodd and his work on radio, but essentially he pays homage to the defining relationship of his life (and theirs). And for good measure he throws in new gags he thought of while writing the book, and even some very moving (and very funny) lines that he imagines Morecambe and Wise playing out. The books jumps around between recollections and new gags, and from one time period to another, but it is a moving insight into his own comedy genius and the personal and professional relationship between Eric and Ern (indeed the two aspects of their relationship are inseparable). And he achieves this whilst throwing out great gags and lines, making it a poignant but ultimately hilarious book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long-felt want fulfilled. 25 Aug 2004
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Inspired writer for Ken Dodd, Morecambe & Wise and many others, beloved son of Liverpool and bona fide British comedy legend, Eddie Braben has written a genuinely charming, bright and very, very, funny memoir about the life 'wot' he has lived, and it is a classic of its kind. Full of wonderful anecdotes and insights about the likes of Eric and Ernie, Andre 'Preview' Previn, Glenda Jackson, John Mills, Frankie Howerd, Diane Cilento, Sean Connery, Flora Robson, Hughie Green, Robin Day, John Lennon, Shirley Bassey, Bill Cotton, Cliff Richard, the stage play 'The Play Wot I Wrote' and, of course, the much-mocked Des 'Desperate' O'Connor, the book is a treat - it makes you smile, it makes you laugh (often out loud) and it makes you feel much better for having read it. If you love comedy, if you are a fan of Morecambe & Wise or you just want to find confirmation that, sometimes, nice guys really do get right to the top (and remain kind, decent and unspoilt after they've got there), then this really is a 'must-read'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pages Of Joy Hidden in Hardback!!! 1 Sep 2004
This is not a long in depth book review. All I will say if you are a fan of Eric & Ern then this is an absolute must own. The boy's script/gag writer has finally penned his story and it's a treat from start to finish. With Mr Braben's fantastic humour and gentle manner this is a book to keep you smiling. Such a treat. I read it in one sitting and I have'nt stopped grinning!! Why can't there be more people in this wicked world like the wonderful Eddie Braben. May he live forever!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read... 11 Feb 2014
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.... although Eddie's clearly on that line between genius and lunacy. M&W are great comedians however without Eddie it wouldn't have been the same humour so all credit to the man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class 20 Oct 2013
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as this book has been out of print for some time i was delighted to find this copy which arrived promptly and in good condition as described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Morcambe and Wise Fans 7 Jan 2013
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I bought this or my boyfriend, and he LOVES it! Not is it an excellent read, we got a first edition and it was signed by Eddie himself. The seller was brilliant, great communication. All in all a brilliant buy!
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