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Stephen Fry
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14 Oct 2010
Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you. Unabridged. Read by Stephen Fry. 11 Discs.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; Unabridged edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141041587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141041582
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,025 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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Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. More recently he presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Stephen Fry 13 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all, I enjoyed reading this book. There is no doubt that Stephen's character permeates every page and he has interesting stories to tell. It also includes a wealth of photos. I am a great admirer of Stephen Fry and possibly as a result I found this book a tad disappointing. I'm not saying its a bad book - in many ways its exactly what I would have expected. Yet, somehow, I expected more than this book delivered.

Its very Stephen - as much as I can tell from the public persona. And therein, I suspect, lies the problem.
The introspection, self analysis and doubt that we know is a part of him becomes a little too much when it regularly surfaces in the book, especially where, in his own words "If a thing can be said in ten words, I may be relied upon to take a hundred to say it."

Similarly we know that he can be a "bit of a lovey" and he does heap the praise on his nearest and dearest performing chums.

Its yin and yang, I think. I love that Stephen loves words, yet this is at times too wordy. I love that he has a strong sense of loyalty to his friends (a talented and intelligent lot) yet at times it verges on sycophancy. I love that he cares deeply, but do I really want to share the anxst over many pages.

Maybe, to indulge in a little introspection of my own, the problem lies with me. As a 'fan' I expect great things from my heroes. But heroes are people, just like the rest of us, and we all have our strengths and our weaknesses.

I can see why some people would love this book and I can see why some would not. I suspect it comes down to what you think of the author himself. If you like Stephen's work read this book and you will probably forgive any flaws you care to notice; if you don't then you will no doubt find reasons to dislike the book.
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138 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a wonderful man 23 Sep 2010
By LadyD
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved this book. I have been eagerly awaiting it ever since I read Moab is my Washpot which was wonderful, but left you wanting more. Well I still want more because this book only takes you up to 1987. Nevertheless it is a fantastic combination of funny stories, brutal honesty about himself, loving descriptions of the people he met along the way, a description of university life that made me nostalgic for my own student days, an interesting account of the rise of alternative comedy, and the wonderful use of language for which is is so rightly admired. It is to his credit, and is a measure of the man, that there is barely a bad word uttered about anyone in this book unlike so many celebrity autobiographies.

In particular his descriptions of his relationship with, and deep love for, the dedicatee of this book - his partner and friend Hugh Laurie - are extremely moving and brought a tear to my eye.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint 8 Nov 2010
By Darthy
Format:Hardcover
Having read "Moab is my Washpot" several years ago, I had been awaiting the next volume of Fry's autobiography with huge anticipation and high expectations. I certainly wasn't disappointed.
This book does not bring Fry's story up to the present day - another volume is seemingly promised. Instead it shows us the formative years of Fry's career - actor, writer, comedian - beginning at Cambridge an continuing into his early stage and screen productions, leaving the story around the time of "Blackadder II".
Fry is typically honest and self-deprecating - often harshly so, but without ever falling into the trap of self-pity. His affection for his years at Cambridge is very apparent, as is his love and respect for many of those he has worked with - particularly Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson. Fry's feelings of inadequacy when compared to these other talents are particularly fasincating, though I don't doubt that they each felt something similar. There are also wonderful and hilarious anecdotes of the likes of Robbie Coltrane and Miriam Margolyes.
Fry wilfully admits that he will use ten words when one will do, but his prose are so elegant and his love of language so infectious, I doubt many readers will mind. This is certainly a more straight-forward narrative than I remember "Moab" being - "Moab" would often veer off into tangents and Stephen would give us his views on life, the universe and everything, and it is a shame that there isn't a bit more of that in this book. But this is a very minor quibble.
All in all, anyone who read "Moab" should certainly read this, and everyone else should probably read it too. A genuine and honest insight into the life and the mind of an always interesting, entertaining, and thoroughly likeable man.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Moab 14 Dec 2010
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Unlike most readers I found Fry's first autobiography 'Moab is my Washpot' to be rather overblown and a bit tedious so I was a bit cynical of reading his next instalment, despite my colleague's insistence that it was great. I surprised myself by really enjoying it and found Fry's life story between the ages of 20 to his mid 20s to be riveting. I suppose it's because it contains references which one can relate to - i.e. his first forays into comedy and some rather wicked anecdotes - if anyone can fail to laugh at the Miriam Margoles one then they're a bit of a sourpuss.

Recommended to those who enjoy a thumping good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Janet Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book I read for years, couldn't put it down. Very funny guy for a toff!
Published 2 days ago by Jason R. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank captivating and brutally honest and highly entertaining
Everyones favourite invitation to a dinner party - this book shows us the background to why.Brilliant read
Published 3 days ago by Mr. P. K. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny and sad. A really good read. Gives you a real insight into the man
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Although this might make it a slightly more remote read for younger...
Really enjoyable read- only criticism is that unlike earlier book -Moab is my wash pot - this one has ended up sounding a bit name droppy largely because of Fry's stellar Cambridge... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mrs CF Haddon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fry Chronicles
A very good read but an abrupt ending. Saw familiar characters from Stephen's other walks of life and it was enlightening to say the least.
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. Da Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Fry – The Fry Chronicles | Review
The Fry Chronicles is the second autobiography from the pen of Stephen Fry, the British icon who’s more well-known as a television personality than as an author, despite the fact... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SocialBookshelves.com
5.0 out of 5 stars A present
If you like Fry you'll enjoy this. Well written as you'd expect - this was a present and very much enjoyed
Published 2 months ago by Rowley
3.0 out of 5 stars Pompous pretentious pillock or perspicacious philosophical polymath?
What to make of Stephen Fry's second autobiography, covering roughly his late teens to late twenties? Let's start with the bad points. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Matthews
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