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The Fry Chronicles [Hardcover]

Stephen Fry
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13 Sep 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.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st Edition edition (13 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154837
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,979 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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137 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a wonderful man 23 Sep 2010
By LadyD
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint 8 Nov 2010
By Darthy
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Advanced polymaths 19 Feb 2012
I never quite know what the think of Stephen Fry. I do find him funny, and he clearly has extraordinary talents - encyclopaedic knowledge; the ability to turn his hand to acting, comedy, script-writing, quiz show hosting, providing voice-overs, credit card defrauding, book writing.

But there's something that stops me quite 'buying' him. It might just be pure jealousy, that one man can be just so talented. It might be the feeling that he is a little too good at working his audience, a bit faux-naive self-deprecating. The other possible reason of course is that you can't get away from him. He's everywhere, and I guess this book is the story of how he came to be everywhere.

I did enjoy this book a lot. I'm the same age as Fry and the people and TV programmes he describes in this book are the ones I watched in my early adulthood - Comic Strip, Fry and Laurie, Ben Elton etc. etc. The book is refreshingly honest about these (he likes Ben Elton, a lot; he seems to dislike Robbie Coltrane, a lot), and he does a reasonable job of (a) telling us just how incredibly successful he has been, and (b) being extremely modest about his acheivements. It is genuinely funny - a photo of Fry and his posh pals looking cheerfully smug in black ties ("I know we look like w@nkers, but we weren't, honestly"). It is also a fascinating tale of Fry's struggle with the excesses of his own personality. He's a good writer (he bloody would be, wouldnt he!) and there are some great stories here. And I didn't realise that the young Emma Thompson was SUCH a cutie.

But something is missing for me, which means only three stars. I think it's the fact that, despite Fry's tortured self-awareness, he just doesn't quite understand that life is harder than this for less talented people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wordy 30 April 2013
Stephen Fry likes words, you probably know this, he likes big words and little words and words somewhere in between, he likes common words and rare words and words which will send you scurrying for the dictionary. He likes lots of words, lots of unnecessary words. If it can be said in 10 words Stephen will use 100, he does at least acknowledge this and apologise for it though.

Stephen has lots of friends, some you will know and some you won't and Stephen likes talking about how simply wonderfully talented they all are darling,

Oh, but woe.

Stephen is unhappy, does he deserve all of this success? Is he just a charlatan and a cheat? Surely he isn't as wonderfully talented and brilliant as Hugh and Emma and Ben - did I mention how simply wonderfully wonderful they are?

And lists, there are lots of things listed lots and lots more names - did I mention Stephen likes to drop names? Names of wonderful darling people and things.

I loved Moab but I grew to dislike this book, it lessened my liking for the man himself in fact.

Should have been severely edited and about 150 pages shorter.

Oh and Stephen, have you seen any of the wonderfully talented Ben's output post Blackadder? Because if you have and you still think he's a genius I think your judgement is failing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Great Man Disappoints
I thought I was the ideal reader for a Stephen Fry product. I'm a pedant, verbose, bookworm fascinated by both dictionary and thesaurus and curious about all kinds of... Read more
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Stephen Fry is a excellent read, his wit and knowledge second to non. this is the first of his many books that I have got on amazon will use this service again
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its not for me
The Fry Chronicles is brilliantly written by Steven Fry, however. it is very wordy and I needed a dictionary to understand some of the words.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. Em Headley
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Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Both "Moab" and the" Chronicles"
Inspiring, funny, sad, written with astonishing honesty. Can't wait for the follow up and more of his other books.THANK YOU STEPHEN..
Published 2 months ago by Harry c
5.0 out of 5 stars Fry chronicles
Well worth a read - funny and sincere man with so much intellect and warmth. He never ceases to surprise with his insight and his understanding and take on life in general
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. A. J. SEED
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely enjoyable read!
I'd recommend this book to anyone -Stephen Fry lover or not! I was both shocked and amazed as to how much he had been through at such a young age. Absolutely loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Ladan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this book
This book gives a fascinating insight into Stephen's life in his twenties. Of Cambridge, Footlights, plays and writing. Of smoking clubs, theatre and alternative comedy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars About bloody time
It's about time a bi polar person was seen as normal and people saw the ups and downs and how it doesn't have to effect your life completely
Published 2 months ago by lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and honest.
First, it must be said, I like Stephen Fry as a writer and as a performer, so I bought this book pretty much pre-determined to enjoy it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Garynd
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