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Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams [Paperback]

Nick Webb
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5 July 2004
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY launched Douglas Adams to instant superstardom when it came out in 1978, becoming a huge success as a novel, radio and TV series. Like all his best work it was funny, but seriously funny. But Adams the comic writer who worked with Monty Python among others is only part of the story. He had a probing scientific mind, and was happy discussing ideas with the likes of Richard Dawkins or Steven Pinker. And his ideas in HITCHHIKER helped inspire the techies of the IT revolution.

Nick Webb, who knew him very well for many years, has created a wonderful portrait of a larger than life character who is still mourned by his millions of fans around the world.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755311566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755311569
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a warm tribute 20 Sep 2004
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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
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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
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 4 Sep 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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