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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition, First Impression edition (24 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780891091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780891095
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Al Murray is one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK with his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord. His British Comedy Award Winning ITV1 series Al Murray's Happy Hour has delighted both viewers and critics alike with his no nonsense treatment of his celebrity guests. Al's sitcom Time Gentlemen Please (Sky One) has become something of a modern day cult classic and his series, Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder (ITV1) saw him introduce a whole host of new characters and demonstrate his vast comedic range.

Al has also released six best selling live DVDs My Gaff, My Rules, Glass of White Wine For The Lady, Giving it Both Barrels, Live At The Palladium, The Beautiful British Tour and Barrel of Fun.

Out of character, Al has most recently hosted Al Murray's German Adventure, BBC Four, an historical series about the art and culture of Germany (without mentioning the War) as well as Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and The Road To Berlin, a 10 episode documentary series on WWII for Discovery. Al is back in May 2011 with a brand new eight part TV quiz show Al Murray's Compete for the Meat, showing on Dave. So get your brains ready with The Pub Landlord's Great British Pub Quiz Book, out now.

Al's huge stand-up tours have made him one of the most popular live comedy acts in the country, with sell out shows including the O2 Arena. He won the Perrier Award (after a record four successive nominations) and secured Olivier Award nominations for both of his celebrated sell-out West End runs.



"I laughed so much, lager came out of my nose."
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"The funniest live comedy show of the decade, possibly the entire century."
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Read more about Al and his alter ego The Pub Landlord at his official site:

http://www.thepublandlord.com/

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"Infectious and endearing. " (Paperback book of the month, Choice magazine)

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Al Murray's (AKA The Pub Landlord) musing on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Kemp on 5 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading Watching War Films With My Dad. The book plays off his fascination with military history, and that for him it stems from growing up in the 70s and 80s playing with Action Man and building Airfix kits. The thing I got from it is that Al Murray is quite different from the character that we most often see him as, the Pub Landlord. Al is a much more witty person than the Pub Landlord, which shouldn't really be a surprise if you stop and think about it.

The book is a sort of autobiographical discourse on military history. It sort of argues against the fascination with it, cleverly taking us from his youth watching war films while his Dad points out all the inaccuracies in them (his Dad was a regular army officer, a para engineer). This part of the book is very good, and you can see what fascinated the young Al Murray and why he went on to read history at Oxford.

The journey continues to a continued adult fascination with WW2, and some examples of extraordinary exploits during that war. Both in terms of heroism and also on the cost of war in human suffering and young lives cut short. From there it is a short step to realising that as a society we've largely forgotten how horrible war is. You'd think that with the reminders we get on the news that we'd have it in the forefront of our minds, but instead we seem to revel in the glory and spectacle. Museums have more on uniforms, flags and vehicles, and less on the lives of the people that went to war, especially the many that failed to return.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ramsden on 13 Dec 2013
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Worth it for '90s Tory bad boy' Alan Clarke being dubbed a 'grimly louche chancer'. History graduate from a military family Murray is an entertaining and illuminating host throughout. If you are obsessed with exactly what tanks or airplanes look like this will be indispensable. I'm not but there is plenty of psychological insight into stiff upper lip chaps like Monty and distilled wisdom from very wide reading into various wars, their genesis, chaotic cock ups, how the verdict of history changes and much more. The chapter on benefits of war informed me MDMA was invented by Merck for battlefield surgery - like many people I thought it had been intended as an appetite suppressant.

Fever Pitch for military buffs. packed with useful info, (if you fancy an amusing FACT HUNT! Look no further.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JC on 14 Dec 2013
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At times personal family memoir, at my times rumination on History as a discipline and at times analysis of Operation Market Garden it does ramble but always in an engaging, humane and charming way. Murray impresses as a thoughtful and, not surprisingly, amusing guide to events, their recollection, presentation and meaning as the generations of his family form a thread from the Second World War to the present. Many of his memories I thought were my own and I am left wondering how many of us were taken to see A Bridge Too Far by fathers who served in the post-war Airborne Forces!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Hamilton on 20 Dec 2013
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I'm a fan of the real Al Murray, as we've seen in his various war documentaries, rather than the Pub Landlord figure. And, as I also suffered from relatives criticising the accuracy of war films during my youth in the early 80s, I was expecting this to be an amusing trip down memory lane.

In truth we sort of get this, and we sort of get some history lessons, and some interesting/thought provoking Pub Landlord-esque views on things like Operation Market Garden, and how it was portrayed in A Bridge Too Far.

The main reason I've marked this down to three stars is that the book skips between these three things intermittently, never really concluding much, and ultimately ending quite abruptly. Overall I got the impression it was either very heavily edited, or simply rushed out in time for Christmas without any editing at all.

Also, it should be said that given how short and incomplete it is, it is rather expensive on the Kindle.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. W. Sharman on 4 Nov 2013
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As a writer Al murray has a very friendly style he shows his knowledge well with out being flashy like myself he is the child of a certain period. I laughed out loud at some of the book and smiled a lot at the rest just the one error on his part the ref to the film Battle of the bulge song sung by the Germans to Robert Shaw should have been the Panzerlied not the Horst Wessel but hey he should be used to corrections from us Geeks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Milhist on 5 Nov 2014
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"My bookshelves were groaning with WW2 books, Hitler's baleful eyes staring out at me from covers and spines for any new visitor (or passing burglar) to wonder if I might be a fan or at least mildly obsessed."

My favourite line, but overall I'm afraid I was disappointed with this. I think I was expecting more reminiscing about airfix kits and the unrealistic body count in "Where Eagles Dare", but I felt the book was too rambling, almost like an overlong comedy routine.

That being said I found the last chapter quite moving and particularly liked the line above
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