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on 22 February 1999
Frank Muir's life-story is not all that remarkable - plenty of people have had reasonably happy childhoods, their share of good and bad fortune, success in their chosen field, and so on. However, what makes this autobiography stand out from the rest is the wealth of anecdote and humour to be found on almost every page. The life story is basically an excuse for the telling of a vast number of funny stories and the recounting of memories of encounters with fascinating people.
Anyone who ever heard Frank on the radio or saw his TV appearances on "Call my Bluff" and the like will remember his beautifully quirky way of putting things. This style is apparent throughout the book, proof positive that no 'ghosts' had a hand in this autobiography.
A word of warning, though. Read this book yourself, and don't let your partner get hold of it first. Otherwise you will suffer a constant diet of "I must just read you this bit"! - as my long-suffering wife can testify!
There is a sad note to the book in that Frank died shortly after completing it, and there is an afterword to this effect written by Jamie Muir, the son of Frank and Polly. Their loss must of course be infinitely greater than that of those of us who knew his talent but not the man himself. However, having this book means that some very happy memories can be preserved.
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on 1 January 1999
I always admired Frank Muir based on seeing some of his TV appearances. A true British gentleman, with a quick mind and a happy, humourous outlook. This autobiography conveys this same sense of the man but with a wealth of experiences covering his RAF exploits in the second World War, his radio and TV script-writing, and his roles as Entertainment department heads in the BBC and independent television. Throughout, Frank Muir comes over as a thoughtful man who focused on what was important to viewers and listeners, and a willingness to take risks on new programmes and new entertainers.
This book is a pleasant and easy read - not a gripping novel by any means, but a happy and relaxed way to unwind in good company. If you've enjoyed British TV comedy in the sixties, seventies, and eighties it's likely that Frank Muir played a role in your favourite programme and this book will allow you to reminisce happily.
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on 25 January 2013
Many people probably remember him as the bow tied buffer on 'Call my Bluff', or from 'My Word' on the radio, but there's more to Muir than these shows. Frank, (together with Denis Nordern), was a talented scripwriter and producer of pioneering comedy shows in the post war years.

In this very funny and readable autobiography, Frank writes about his seaside childhood in Ramsgate, 'you swam in and swallowed petrol flavoured sea water' and later Leyton, 'I was educated in E10 - not Eaton', before moving on to his war service as a photographer in the RAF. It's hard to imagine the dapper Muir in a bomber, strapped on a plank over the bomb bay as it slowly opens... 'I might well have screamed'.

Frank had a sunny (and sometimes surreal) outlook on life, and there's plenty of comic anecdotes, to illustrate his post war life, as he started his writing career with the BBC, while becoming a family man and celebrity. The book concludes with a touching postscipt from his son Jamie.

Very good indeed. If you're feeling fed-up then Frank's comic tales will surely put a smile on your face.
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on 15 December 2007
Frank Muir's autobiography reflects the subject not only in terms of the history but more so in terms of the style as the genteel humour and warmth of the book comes through clearly. There are many funny moments as one would expect in the career of Frank Muir but these are presented in such a low key fashion that ultimately I found the book a little disappointing. The period of time covered includes a number of comedy `greats' in both television and radio yet, Dennis Norden and Jimmy Edwards aside, little attention is paid to their relationship with the author. It's not clear why this should be so as Muir himself comes across as a very pleasant, engaging and likeable fellow who in his roles as writer and producer of many of the UK's finest comedy shows of the last fifty years came across many of them and was popular enough to have ensured guest appearances from some of them at the opening of the Thorpe village fete each year. This disappointment aside, the book does leave a warm feeling in the reader. The complete absence of scandal or salacity adds to the feeling that Frank Muir's place was in a gentler time and it is one to which he made a major contribution. As someone who first came across Muir in his Cadbury Fruit and Nut adverts it was nice to get a more rounded view of the person. In fact the biggest shock in the book was discovering how tall Muir was: I always assumed he was short! Indeed to misquote the final quote: `it has all been quite enrichening'!
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on 16 November 2014
I am still reading this book but am enjoying it. Very interesting information regarding Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The partnership between Frank Muir and Denis Norden is one of the highlights . He seems to have been a very nice man as well as being successful
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on 19 June 2000
I have enjoyed Frank Muir ( also Dennis Norden and others) in My Word and My Music, so I had to rush out and get this book when I heard about it.In this book Frank relates many funny jokes and anecdotes, many about the famous comedians he has known.I find this book especially fascinating because of the behind the scenes information about his shows.An endearing quality of Frank was his penchant for stepping in where angels fear to tread.He tells us why he was not given a knighthood: he offended Prince Philip.He also told a joke which did not amuse the Archbishop of Canterbury.Mostly he is reticent about personal matters and reveals little about the inner man.For example, his brother and mother hardly feature after his childhood days.Still, there is much that is of interest about his life to be found here, and fans of British comedy will certainly be amused.
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on 22 October 1999
If you remember Britain in the 40's & 50's, thought wit & wholesome humour were a thing of the past or that real achievement in the tawdry world of entertainment could only come by aggressive self-seeking behaviour, then let Frank's story of his wonderful life warm your cockles!
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on 3 May 2016
I loved the first part of the autobiography , it was too bogged down with administrative detail at the end.The old joke Mr and Mrs Tittybelt and their son Chas still made me laugh out loud!
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on 18 June 2011
This is a very pleasant easy read, it rambles along and there is a chuckle and a smile on every other page, it really takes you back down memory lane.
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on 26 August 2013
A very good read about someone that I admired all my life
very amusing and enjoyed hearing how so many well known
names got started
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