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Wish You Were Here [Kindle Edition]

Nick Webb
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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In the Sagittarius arm of our galaxy, the unfashionable end, there’s a small planet that swarms with life of all varieties including a dominant species of primates. One of them, who was exceptionally large and exceptionally clever, sported a Himalayan nose and a distinctly odd way of looking at everything. His name was Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, four more wildly funny volumes in the same trilogy, and much else besides. His writing is full of excellent jokes and expressions that have entered the language. Are we ready for Life, the Universe and Everything? Militantly atheist, Douglas was possessed by a disturbing sense of wonder. Step back from the familiar, he thought, and it is very strange that we exist at all.
This biography was written with the help of Douglas’s family and friends; it is an insider’s account of a man who is still missed by millions of fans around the world.

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About the Author

Nick Webb worked in publishing for 30 years, eventually becoming MD of Simon & Schuster where he remained for nine years. He first met Douglas Adams when he acquired THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY for Pan, and they remained friends thereafter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1830 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgrove Publishing (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BJT3UG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a warm tribute 20 Sept. 2004
I devoured this biography of the great man and felt warmly satisfied afterwards. It's full of things you didn't know you wanted to know about the inspired creator of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. It's also a very affectionate portrait, evidently painted by a friend. That closeness gives Webb licence to reveal Adams's imperfections. Even as you read with disgust that he once ditched an incredibly expensive bit of photographic equipment on a plane just because he was feeling a bit weighed down by all his luggage, you can't help warming to this clumsy, flawed, sometimes tactless, chaotic and, above all, incredibly talented individual. I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who adored "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", can recite every word of the radio programmes and felt the kind of agonising sadness at the untimely death of Douglas Adams that you usually only feel about the loss of a close friend or a member of your family. That describes me and I not only enjoyed this book but somehow *needed* it. But even if you're not like me, perhaps even if you've never encountered Adams's work, I reckon you could get a lot out of this story of a great life. It's good stuff. Thanks, Nick Webb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of the great man of ideas 16 Dec. 2007
I do not have half the capacity for language as Douglas Adams so I'm unable to do this book justice in words. Suffice to say it made me realise what a tragic loss to literature, radio and TV, computer science, and the world of ideas his untimely death really was. The fascinating story of a man full of contradictions and an illustration of the nature of a talent which if it is not genius is so close as to make no odds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking stuff. 8 Mar. 2007
I agree. Leaves you feeling fuzzy, but sad. He had his big fingers in a lot of surprising pies like Dr Who and Python. He died with so much more to do and say. A sad loss to us all.

Have a pan-galactic Gargle Blaster on me Doug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 4 Sept. 2011
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What a fantastic book, great insight into the life and ideology of this great writer. Sometimes a little sad, mostly happy but always interesting, hard to put down and I can genuinely say Mostly Harmless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative and entertaining. 9 Feb. 2013
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I needed this book for some research I am doing and it has provided the information I required. Its a good read.
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