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4.0 out of 5 stars Who can say where he may hide?
To paraphrase a lyric from his most famous musical. Apt, because the authors have to admit on practically every page that a story may or may not have happened, that many pieces of this troubled and splintered life are missing - presumed written only on cigarette packets - and that the only thing anybody really agrees on was that they loved this difficult `creative...
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by theatremonkey

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fings like they might be
I think this was once the Radio 4 Book of the Week. It is an interesting read, but somehow you wonder how much is not included. A well known homosexual, yet there is only a passing reference to one boyfriend who asked not to be named, as most probably he has a family who would be embarrassed, just as Dirk Bogarde at the end of his life refused to admit any relationship...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More, boy? "You want more?!!!!!, 18 Feb 2012
Well, yes, actually, I did. But, like Oliver, I didn't get it.

As far as it goes, this is an interesting and entertaining biog but it doesn't go far enough.

Unlike other reviewers, I actually liked the authors' irreverent style and the occasional crudities were quite refreshing in context IMHO.

Lionel was gay and the book would have benefited if the authors had interviewed at least one of his long-term lovers. The "love of his life" is referenced and passed over in a couple of sentences. The toy boys who ripped him off get more of a mention. Disappointing.

Quite why "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be" was appropriated as a title of the biog other than as a hook to hang it on is beyond me. What has changed exactly? Has anything changed for gay celebrities since Bart's time? I don't think so. Not really.

Still, I'd recommend the book. Just don't expect too much more than an entertaining read, an overview of his career and a limited insight into a complex and enigmatic character.

3.5 stars out of 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lionel Bart review, 7 Aug 2013
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I feel that this was a good read showing the rags to riches to rags journey showing the transitory nature of show business fame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it from start to finish!, 4 Mar 2013
This review is from: Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be: The Life of Lionel Bart (Hardcover)
Such a wonderful insight in to Lionel's life and character. I enjoyed it so much I hardly put it down! Great pictures too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Bart, 30 Oct 2012
This review is from: Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be: The Life of Lionel Bart (Hardcover)
This is a terrific read. Gives a real insight into the wonderful world of Bart. Great attention to detail - even a description of the clothes hanging in his wardrobe! I couldn't put it down.
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