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on 22 October 2010
A good read. Coming from 'oop North, I'd always seen Bob Monkhouse as 'smart-arsed and smarmy' but after he left the Golden Shot and first Norman Vaughan and then, very embarrassingly, Charlie Williams took over, I thought "he's not that bad, that Monkhouse". This is an easy read - lots of jokes (worth the cover price for these) and a good and surprising frank and self-effacing commentary from someone whom was obviously a close friend.

A good buy!
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on 26 October 2010
What a fabulous insight behind the scenes of the entertainment world and Bob Monkhouse who was always on TV when I was growing up. Very nostalgic to read about the gameshows I always watched and some very funny stories of a man who my friends and family were in awe of. I especially love the games and tricks he penned and will be using them on my next evening with friends. Superb Christmas present!
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on 24 October 2010
A superb read filled with jokes, anecdotes and behind the scenes tales of the life of one of Britain's best loved comedians. Throw in some puzzles and a few card tricks and this book will have you refering back to it long after reading it.Dave Ismay being a personal friend of Bob's for over 40 years is able to give a unique insight into the life and mind of a remarkable talent. Yes, some of the jokes are schoolboy humour, but what's wrong with that, it made me smile, titter and at times roar with laughter whilst also realising the life of a comedian is not always fun.
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on 17 June 2011
For those of us who still miss Bob, this is a good compliation of his material, although mainly the games at the end are the most original. The pages in the book contain a few orginal anecdotes but also touch on events that Bob himself described in his autobiography, Crying With Laughter, often in more depth and always with a better writing style.
There can be no doubt that Dave Ismay knows what he's talking about, but through the stories, especially after Bob's death, Dave Ismay fails to hold his own opinions in sufficient check. Likely all this would have needed was some sensitive editing to stop Dave coming across as really quite unfeeling, especially about Bob's widow Jackie and her passing. However he is himself, in his writing he gives the impression of being insensitive, despite his obviously unbounded loyalty to Bob.
Apart from this, as with so many books these days, there are a couple of typos to spoil things. Without wanting to sound like a pedant (although I am), this is a very well produced book: lovely hardcover with one of the best portrait shots of Bob on the back of the dust-jacket I've ever seen. But on page 138 we have, in the very first line, "One summer afternoon in 2004 Bob and I met..." which is an obvious typo because Bob died in December 2003; again, on page 166, Dave describes clearing out Bob's stuff in February 2003, supposedly after Bob's funeral; and finally on page 267 in the Acknowledgements, where "English setter" requires "'s". This book is still worth the money, but these mistakes spoil a good product.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 February 2015
Without doubt one of the finest comedians of his time or indeed any other time. This book co-authored by experienced writer Chris Gidney and Dave Ismay, who was a close friend of Bob's for forty years is a wealth of personal anecdotes, gags, sketches and gags from the lost joke books.

The anecdotal stories give a very good insight into Bob's career and family life without falling into the usual pitfalls of biographies that provide long dissertations about aspects of a persons life that have very little interest to the average reader such as childhood, schooling etc.

And, of course it gives a multitude of examples of Bob's humour, and gags. An extremely readable, engaging and funny book.

Highly recommended.
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on 12 March 2012
Bob Monkhouse Unpublished by Dave Ismay and Chris Gidney

In this superb book Dave Ismay, a close friend and collaborator for over forty years with the late great Bob Monkhouse, has put together a cornucopia of gags,sketches, anecdotes, monologues and stories from the comedian par excellence Bob Monkhouse. There is material in here from Bob's famous lost and found joke books that will bring tears of joy and laughter to your eyes.
Dave shows us the comedic genius and mastermind of the laugh gene that was Bob Monkhouse.There are contributions here from Jasper Carrot, Barry Cryer, Noel Edmonds and many, many others. Chris Gidney, the co-author of this marvellous book has also written books on other show business names such as Harry Secombe, Paul Daniels, Wendy Craig, Cannon and Ball, Syd Lyttle and many others. Chris Gidney's Bob Monkhouse Unpublished is a welcome and valued addition to his published works. The book Bob Monkhouse Unpublished is also chock-a-block with party games, puzzles, riddles, word games etc., etc. and will make a perfect Christmas 2012 stocking filler for all Bob Monkhouse fans and, indeed, for anyone who wants to have a good giraffe. This is a book you will treasure and a book you will read and read again. A must for all lovers of comedy everywhere.

Buy it!!

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on 25 January 2016
Bought as a present. Enjoyed.
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on 29 December 2015
This was a gift.
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on 5 December 2015
as expected
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on 21 December 2014
Product as described and arrived quickly. Very happy :)
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