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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Unabridged edition (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571303439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571303434
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Converts ... will relish the revelations about what made Strong the man, the legend, the sole proprietor of the Doncaster Academy of Performance he is ... rarely has genius appeared so human. (Mark Mason Spectator) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The hilarious autobiography of Count Arthur Strong, read by the author.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ross Nockles on 3 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read this book from cover to cover so let me make it clear that I do know what it is I am talking to you about. When it comes to reviewing a book like this there really is only one way to go about it. For instance I found that the chapters were quite short on the whole which made it ideal to read when taken short and having to use the smallest room in the house for a few moments. Leafing through the pages of this tome passed the time I was passing while I was passing what I was passing. Oh hang on that sounds a bit unpleasant doesn't it? Forget that. On the other hand the wealth of information (and tips) squeezed into each section of this memoir shed a lot of light into the early life of Count Arthur Strong when he lived (and worked) with his 'mother' and 'father' as he called them. Reading these words, which he typed up himself, it is hard not to hear Arthur's voice in one's head. Some of the antidotes related by Count Strong on these pages are already partially in the public domain but none the worse for being re-told in print. The writing style flows just as naturally and effluently as does his own speaking voice in the many stage, radio and TV appearances that we are more familiar with. His gift for public speaking is mirrored by his adept use of the words he uses and the way he writes them down. (despite being hampered to a degree by the manual typewriter loaned to him by Faber and Faber and Faber, his publishers, to produce the work upon - sometimes the CAPS LOCK GETS STUCK On (and his repeated requests for tippex fall upon deaf ears)
The feeling of being present at the birth of a literary masterpiece and being in close touch with the original manuscript is enhanced by the many annotations annotated in his own hand, with a biro I would imagine.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Roberts on 28 Nov 2013
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Absolutely brilliant book, five star isn't enough. Especially when you think that each letter, word and paragraph was put to paper on an old type writer. Count Arthur is a genius
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fatbloke on 31 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm perhaps the ideal audience for this book. I heard the radio series for the first time about 2 years ago and thought it was very old-fashioned and juvenile. After a while I "tuned-in" to the humour and became a big fan. The book has the same humour as the radio and TV series' but even better. The funniest book I've read in many a year - and I'm only half way through so far.

Some people complain that many of the jokes are recycled from earlier material - but since I'm a recent fan, I haven't heard them before.

I'm tempted to say that the reader should be over 40 to appreciate the humour - but I read one paragraph to my teenage son the other day and he laughed out loud too. I'd like to put it down to my professional technique but I think it was the material that did it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosie Gamgee on 13 April 2014
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I chose the audiobook above the book with pages because I wanted to share in the genius of Count Arthur's delivery. We were not disappointed, it is amusing and entertaining and if you buy it second hand, it is even cheap! The TV series with that chap Rory Kinnear in it was as good as it gets but if you want more, and who can have too much, then this audiobook gives you just that, more and lots of it. And to make sure we got my money's worth we lent it to a friend and, when I get it back from the terrible old scrounger, we will play it again, even if we go out before the end, not that I am advocating leaving any electrical equipment running unattended, especially that footspa which I still haven't got rid of, as the Fire Brigade are busy enough already putting smoke alarms on people's ceilings whether they want them or don't.
If you are a fan of the Count, you will most likely enjoy it, if you aren't then why are you bothering to read the review?
(Written badly in the style of CAS).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Count On Arthur to Write A Brilliant Book.
If you loved the radio shows or even if you liked the television show the one that was on the telly called Count Arthur Strong as well funnily enough then you will like this magnificent tome.
(That's the old word for a book for them of you that doesn't know what that word tome (sounds like tomb) means)
Got it? Right I will carry on then.

This tome or book is one of the wonders of the literacy age in that its author Count Arthur Strong wrote it on an old typewriter and not the new fangled word processors thingamajigs like the Amstrad 64 or whatever.
The fact that the count (surely a misprint?_) managed to write this in his busy schedule on his kitchen table- and no I don't mean actually on the table because that would be pointless I mean imagine writing tit on a table for goodness sake- imagine the postage costs posting a table to the printers Faber and Faber and all that trouble getting a kitchen table on the bus to go to the main post office in the town- no that would be silly.
I mean he wrote it on paper and on a typewriter. He only managed to get the thing finished when, in a flash of inspiration like the Count is famous for having an inventive mind and such like he took the typewriter into the smallest room to compose the book- which if you thing about it is a good thing because word processors run on electricity and such like and you don't get electric plug sockets in toilets do you- and that would be silly having to buy a really long extension lead and all thaT.

SERIOUS- DAM THAT CAP LOCK
Seriously this is an excellent book that is easy to read because it has small chapters ( a bit like the Isle of Man and Sark Hell's Angels Clubs and such like).

It is funny.
If I were you (and I am not) I would waste no time at all in searching this book out at your local booksellers or do what I did and got it out of the local library.
Recommended.
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