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5.0 out of 5 stars This has to be THE humour book of the year!, 29 Nov. 2007
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M. Cumming (London) - See all my reviews
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This book is a real treasure trove, containing priceless material from the great comic's secret archives. There are absolutely hilarious one-liners, monologues, surrealist letters, scripts and pictures. It has real laugh aloud material showing Dawson's comic genius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedian who loved words and knew how to use them., 22 Mar. 2009
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I heard that Les once wanted to be a poet, but was too embarrassed, having literary ambition coming from a working class background, to parade his poetry...

If this is true, it is in many ways, unfortunate, as his love of words and phrases is so evident, I'm sure he would have been a wonderful poet, but if he had been a poet, maybe we'd never have heard the out of tune piano...

This book demonstrates that Poetry's loss was comedies gain... Les worked at his act and these notebooks show how much... His one-liners and monologues show a wonderful diction and a glorious sense of the absurd...

His world-weary persona is so well known that you can't help hearing Les's voice as you read these words...

Ben Elton would love to have a vocabulary as broad and as wonderful as this, and he would also wish to be half as funny as this as well...

Les you are missed, but books like these always ensure that you can be experienced over again...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars secret note book, 28 Feb. 2009
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Mr. J. (Dublin Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This book is a treasure trove for any Les Dawson fan. You can hear Les's voice in your mind as you read the gags.There are copies of his notes as he worked on a new routine mistakes and all!Mother in law gags Abound. I have been banned from reading this book in bed as my laughing keeps my wife awake. Buy it and enjoy and thank you to Les's wife for compiling these memories of one of the best comedians there was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have read all year, 12 Aug. 2012
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David Benson "david@thinknoevil.com" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This book is suffused with the genius of Les Dawson, one of the most treasurable, universally-adored comedians ever to fight his way from nothing to the top of the entertainment mountain.

This book was a revelation to me: I had no idea how much of the material he so effortlessly delivered on his television shows and stage appearances was from his own typewriter. Reading his words is a special and deeply hilarious revelation, as we are able to linger on the poetic phrases and potent imagery. We hear his voice in every line and long to hear it again. In fact this book has sent me back to Amazon for more dvds and books by the great man.

The book is also a touching testament to Tracy Dawson's devotion to her late husband's memory and his priceless work.

One favourite passage: "One night, from the gin-soaked lips of a pockmarked Lascar* who was in the arms of a frump in a Huddersfield bordello, came the words that put me on the right path to understanding. He said, 'Seek ye the truth in Tibet.'
And so I signed on as a ship's carpenter. It was a nightmare voyage - storms, disease, mutiny - but at last we reached Knutsford."

*An East Indian sailor, army servant, or artillery trooper. (thefreedictionary)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 10 April 2010
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For anyone who is a fan of the late, great Les Dawson, this must be one of the best books around. He writes as he appeared on television - sarcastic, deadpan and extremely funny. I was laughing so much, I ended up crying. We have certainly lost one of our best comedians for years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don-Hawkwind, 5 April 2014
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Great.
Thanks Les for some wonderful gags, one liners to full blown story line jokes, and for the excellent shows on television. You proved that a great comedienne can tell jokes without having to swear or use foul language. One of the greats now no longer with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present, 6 Jan. 2013
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Bought as a present for my partner, who loves anything to do with Les Dawson, this book gave me prescious time to myself over Christmas! Good value and speedy delivery, I will definitely use this seller again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted!, 1 Sept. 2014
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This item was for my husband's birthday and he is utterly delighted. It arrived in good time and was well wrapped. However, it did smell a little smoky. He is being thoroughly entertained by it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 22 Nov. 2012
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Well written by Tracy Dawson. Sad moments, happy moments, triumphs and hilarious in parts. One of the late greats sadly missed. Well worth 6 and half quid!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud., 1 Feb. 2013
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Copies of his scripts. His radio stuff is particularly strong, but most is worth reading Some is not great but shows the creative process.
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