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The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend
The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend
by J. F. Roberts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Feb. 2013
This fantastic book documents a period of comedy that I grew up on and maintain an unhealthy fascination with, and I still found myself learning many new things.

Tautly written with a nice framing device, Mr JF Roberts takes us through the creation of the series, and the development of its successive incarnations. Reading about the tortuous rehearsal process, and hearing how it still rankles with the stars, writers, directors and producers after all these years, you get an insight into why this series was so good.

What's more, there's an exhaustive examination of what each and every person was up to between series, thus providing a great history of television comedy throughout the final decades of the 20th century.

You should read it.


The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson
The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson
by Louis Barfe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 30 Jan. 2013
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Retrospectives on comedians tend towards the melancholy, favouring to explore the dark or hidden side of their subject, even if that means making it all up. What we have here is an excellent, well-researched, tautly written biography of Les Dawson that doesn't fall into that trap.

Working through a timeline of his career, we are introduced to many of Dawson's contemporaries, all of whom offer up memories and anecdotes that paint a picture of a lugubrious and complex man who enjoyed life, even when it wasn't going his way. Les Dawson worked hard for his success, often being spurned in favour of more telegenic but less talented performers. But this gave him time to hone his act, and when he finally got his chance, he delivered.

The best thing about this biography though is that it serves as a history of comedy throughout the 20th Century, placing Dawson in his context at all times, and delivering a superb analysis of a changing industry and Dawson's place within it. You'll be introduced to performers you have never heard of but will love meeting, reacquainted with comedy greats you may have forgotten about, and given an insight into a number of fabulous shows that can be found to watch elsewhere.

With the added bonus of an exhaustive appendix of Dawson's live, radio and television appearances, this is a definite must-read for any student of comedy.


Sparks
Sparks
Price: £1.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Fun, 11 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Sparks (Kindle Edition)
I'm a sucker for comedy sci-fi novels, especially ones with a British anti-hero, and so Sparks was right up my street, as well as millions of other parallel streets. It was impossible to read it without hearing Quantick's own dulcet tones, which made it even more enjoyable.

Witty and well-written, lots of fun and well worth a look.


Beast In The Basement
Beast In The Basement
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taut and terrifying, 11 Oct. 2012
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This is the first horror I have read in a long old while, and I'm glad I did. Tautly written, and expertly structured, it was hard to put down. Suspenseful, thrilling, fast-paced and a lot of fun.


Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library)
Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library)
by A.F. Harrold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, wonderful, and funny, 15 Jun. 2012
I love this book. It's the charming, and funny, story of a boy called Fizzlebert Stump, who runs away from the circus to join a library. That much you know from the title. But what you don't know is that it's brilliantly written, with wonderful illustrations throughout. AF Harrold has a unique and distinct voice, and a flair for language that delights the ear, so your kids will love it, and so will you. Fizzlebert is a character that Roald Dahl would envy, and it's impossible not to enjoy his adventure. I only hope there are more stories to come.


The Education Of Epitome Quirkstandard
The Education Of Epitome Quirkstandard
Price: £4.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely stuff, 21 April 2012
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The Education of Epitome Quirkstandard is packed full of delightfully comedic characters, not least our eponymous hero, who's simple charms are beguiling. Written with flair and delicious verbosity, every page is a treat. Settle back and enjoy a story that romps along like an eager puppy.


Murderson (The Edmonton Police Station Thrillers Book 2)
Murderson (The Edmonton Police Station Thrillers Book 2)
Price: £1.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, clever and original, 22 April 2011
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It grips you and just doesn't let go.

MURDERSON is a tautly written thriller that manages to be clever and original and always entertaining. Mark Yarwood writes with a flair, and his plots sizzle with brilliance.

This is a cracking good read.


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