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on 17 October 2007
An enjoyable canter through a year in the life of the iconic broadcaster, which among other things provides an insight into what Sir Terry gets up to during those frequent breaks he takes from his broadcasting these days. As with his radio show, he uses comments from his listeners (for example the admirable Des Custard, who muses on subjects from smoking in films to England players abroad) to provide alternative views on life and to augment his own easy wit. All in all, an enjoyable read, and a reliable stocking-filler for anyone over forty.
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on 26 October 2007
What a great book. You can dip in, dip out and I laughed at every page. Good one Terry, thanks for the laughs.
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on 17 October 2007
Having thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of Sir Terry's life through his other two autobiographies, this canter through his last twelve months was going to be a must-read with him hopefully trotting out more witty anecdotes. And, neigh, I needn't have worried. Mind you, I'm obliged to say that as he had the decency to mention a colleague's book 'Pets in Prospect' by vet, Malcolm Welshman, on his Show. Terry's Twelve stays the course for light entertainment for which he is famous. Though I'm not sure about eating a mango in the nude. Why a mango? What's wrong with good old British fruit? A firm Cox's Orange Pippin, a juicy pear or a couple of ripe Victoria plums would have been more in keeping with Terry's iconic status as a National Treasure.
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Anyone who had - somehow - never listened to Terry Wogan would be well advised to do so before picking up this book. Like the show, it's a wandering ramble, touching lightly on many a topic, with the odd diversion into serious territory.
Terry's description of the service for Pauly Walters was very moving, along with his tribute to David Hatch. The St Petersburg Tourist Information Centre would do well to print extracts from his account of his and Lady Helen's visit, and Matt's cartoons are a little joy. Almost best of all are some of the extraordinarily witty contributions from TOGS, particularly The Crooked Man of Old Bangor Town who appears able to dash off witty poetry in an instant.
If you have ever listened to Wake Up To Wogan and enjoyed it, this is five stars. Not everyone has though, so for you, it's four.
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on 3 August 2014
Got this in a bargain bin a couple of years ago and just found it. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's basically a 1 year diary, written in the well-loved Terry-speak. Never listened to him on the radio - but have always liked his rambling, witty style. Recommended.
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on 22 December 2011
Bought this book for my husband who was going into hospital for an operation.He read it in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it.The fact that it cost so little was a bonus.
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on 12 February 2012
Another great product for all those TOG's out there. Another must have from Sir Terry Wogan stable of many products.
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on 30 November 2007
'A sharp eye and a witty word to mark the passing year.' Is is just me, or is this the most excruciating strapline ever devised? I get assailed by its vacuous blarney on posters everywhere I go, and have to resist the urge to cringe into a ball and eat my fist. Please, make it go away...
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