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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st Edition edition (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154837
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,019 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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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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143 of 154 people found the following review helpful By LadyD on 23 Sept. 2010
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Darthy on 8 Nov. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ramblingsofanelfpire on 8 Mar. 2013
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I have a huge respect for this great national treasure and it was interesting to find out more about his education and career. I found it all to be very insightful about an acting/writing career and enjoyed hearing of the funny stories of his past.

Many famous and wonderful people are mentioned in this book, many of whom I recognise as being brilliant; Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson play a large part in this book, but also Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Chris Barrie (who later starred in Red Dwarf) and Robert Lindsay, amongst others, are also mentioned.

The writing is what made me pick this book up in the first place. It is written in such as way that it feels as though Stephen Fry is speaking to you and, in fact, on several occasions he directly addresses the reader which makes you really connect with what you are reading. It was difficult to get into at first but I got into it after a few pages and just loved the intelligence that seeps out of this style of writing whilst still sounding real and even using some swear words. The ending shocked me and definitely suggests a follow-up which I am now really looking forward to reading.

I would give this 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to any lover of Stephen Fry and anyone who is interested in biographies/autobiographies because I promise you this is one of the best you'll read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Bendle on 4 May 2012
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"If a thing can be said in ten words, I may be relied on to take a hundred," Fry tells us at the start of The Fry Chronicles. And boy does he live up to his word.

This is the actor-writer-comedian's second excursion into autobiography, dealing with the events of his roaring twenties. We are introduced to Cambridge University, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie; we go backstage on the set of Blackadder, stroll down Broadway, visit the BBC; we learn about the author's obsession with computers, his thing for credit cards, his love of classic cars. It's all done, as you would expect, with Fry's usual wit, charm, intelligence and honesty.

But for me, about six hours into this 12-hour audio-book, it all became a bit much. Moab is my Washpot, Fry's earlier memoir, covered his difficult childhood and adolescence; his thieving, his expulsions from schools, his attempted suicide, his time spent in prison - compelling stuff. Much as I admire Stephen Fry and am glad he eventually found happiness, the more straightforward story told here - of a gifted young man finding his way in the world, working hard, making friends, enjoying himself - is somewhat less gripping.

It's been interesting to hear about Fry's amazing good fortune and meet his gorgeous showbiz friends. But not that interesting. If a thing can be said in ten words, perhaps that's how many it should take.
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