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The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One
The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One
by Michael Palin
Edition: Hardcover

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 6 Oct. 2006
This book is wonderfully vivid and engrossing - unlike so many post-Python retrospectives, which can often seem either lifeless or over-eager to grind certain axes, this takes you back to when it all happened, and also provides all kinds of delightful and insightful anecdotes about Palin, his colleagues and his comedy.


The Essential Dave Allen
The Essential Dave Allen
by Graham McCann
Edition: Hardcover

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the craic!, 11 Nov. 2005
Dave Allen was one of the great comedians. If you watched him on TV in the seventies and eighties and nineties, you loved him for the way he'd always treat you like an equal, never sought to be cruel and always sent you away smiling - and thinking. He was proof of the axiom that you don't have to be intelligent to be funny, but it certainly helps. This wonderful, wonderful collection of his best stories, jokes, one-liners and witty observations, organised to capture the ongoing nature of the humour as you move from age to age, is just about the nicest and most apt tribute to the man and his memory that I could have imagined (apart of course from more film of the man in action), and I'm so glad to have it. Dip into it, read it all the way through - whatever - it is the best of its kind that I've read. Classy cover, classy selection, classy man. Goodness me, how we miss him - but how good it is to have this of his to treasure.


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