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The Eric Sykes Compendium: His Three Classic Novels: A Bumper Edition of Novels from the Comedy Genius: WITH "Smelling of Roses" AND "Great Crime of Grapplewick" AND "UFOs Are Coming Wednesday"
The Eric Sykes Compendium: His Three Classic Novels: A Bumper Edition of Novels from the Comedy Genius: WITH "Smelling of Roses" AND "Great Crime of Grapplewick" AND "UFOs Are Coming Wednesday"
by Eric Sykes
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice collection, 14 Nov. 2006
If you haven't read Eic Sykes's fiction before, but like the man and the comedy, this is a good place to start. The stories are all deftly done - imagine an Ealing comedy set up North and written by Eric - and, in the case of the really underrated 'UFOs...,' sometimes cry out to be dramatised on radio or TV. As gentle, wry, well-crafted and unpretentious comic fictions, they work rather well, and are certainly worth any Sykes fan's money.


Spike & Co: Spike, Eric and the Golden Age of British Comedy
Spike & Co: Spike, Eric and the Golden Age of British Comedy
by Graham McCann
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable contribution to comedy history, 14 Nov. 2006
I bought this as soon as it came out, and I've been spreading the word ever since. It is amazingly thorough in its research (to cover the lives of Eric Sykes, Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, Spike Milligan and Johnny Speight, as well as the histories of Hancock's Half Hour, The Goons, Steptoe & Son, Sykes amd Till Death Do Us Part is a massive achievement), and thoroughly entertaining in the way it tells its story: the first wave of 'proper' professional comedy writers, ganging together to further the cause of their craft, creating all of the great shows of the 50s and 60s within the same cramped little set of London offices. McCann is a master of this sort of subject (his studies of Morecambe and Wise and Dad's Army were quite brilliant), and this latest, really splendid, book brings together so many fascinating strands it is absolutely gripping. I envisage re-reading and consulting this for many years to come.


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