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5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh its awful....but I like it, 23 May 2002
This review is from: Ooh, You Are Awful ... But I Like You! (The life story of Dick Emery) (Hardcover)
Fay Hillier, Emery's final partner after a string of unsuccessful marriages, has made a reasonable attempt at a biography of one of Britain's best loved comedians of the 1970s. The book is pretty easy to read and contains occasional dialogue from sketches.
The book begins with an account of how Hillier met Emery during the filming of a show and thereafter the blossoming and course of their relationship is a theme which precedes almost every chpater. It is as if her relationship with Emery is the central theme of the books with flashbacks to Emery's Life.
It is clear that Hillier has relied on recollections of what Emery had told her of his life and on the contents of a old shoe box containng various sources that Emery left to her with the instructions of writing his biography.
Consequently the actual material on Emery's life is rather thin and generic, however a good job has been done given the obvious lack of source material and the passing of almost 20 years since the death of this comedian
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Complex Man, 22 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Ooh, You Are Awful ... But I Like You! (The life story of Dick Emery) (Hardcover)
It is strange that many of the comedians and comedy actors of the ;ate part of the 20th century were very complex men who often died relatively young.You only have to think about Tony Hancock,Sid James,Harry H Corbett,Tommy Cooper,Leonard Rossiter and the subject of this book Dick Emery.The author of the book has one big advantage ,she actually knew and lived with him.She has one big disadvantage,she didnt know him for most of his life and had to rely on him for biographical information.So in the end this results in a fairly slim book.Although the book is 256 pages long nearly 100 pages contains little,in the inbetween chapter pages.Also there are at least 20pages of dialogue from Emerys sketches.What she has written does throw an insight on Emery but doesnt really answer the question of what made him tick.Why did he marry 5 times and end up with a much younger mistress.I doubt that we will ever no the answer.However it is a sad fact that the fate of many comedians is that they will go from the publics memory soon after their passing and this is bascically what has happened to Emery,So this is a worthy memorial.
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