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on 7 July 2015
Jon Ronson is a very entertaining author, and I bought this after seeing the film Frank. Enjoyable.
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on 9 May 2014
It misses for me one of the more interesting characters from the 80's. There was nothing about Frank's appearances on number 73.

For me this was a missed opportunity as there is loads of material around the guy. For instance there was a great exhibition of Frank at the Chelsea art school that had 100's of items. The book made it feel that he was a novelty act which I feel is completely missing the point. For me he was an artist in the mould of Gilbert and George where his life was art.

Please write an update that contains some real research and interviews with people who knew and worked with him

Nick
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on 15 April 2014
Flimsy and very short. No real information or story, I don not think the book was good value at all.
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on 23 March 2015
Amazing story by Jon Ronson. He really was in Frank's Big Band.
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on 14 May 2015
Enjoyed this film and the soundtrack! Would recommend to watch
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on 9 January 2015
My husband preferred his other stories not this one so much
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on 7 April 2014
This book was a joy to me.

It all began when Henley on Thames Council took it upon their wisdom to close all the public toilets in the town center. (If you ask me that would have saved more if the had not bought i-pads for all their middle managers but who am I to say) Now back in January I had downed a few cups of tea too many over breakfast and nature called just when I was flicking through the DVDs in the Cancer Research Shop. I was going to buy a copy of 'Matt Munro live at the NEC' but I just didn't have the power of restraint . So I popped into Waitrose where I normally go for a jimmy riddle if i am caught short. But to my dismay the facilities there were closed for cleaning. So I dashed into Morrisons in the High Street but once again the toilets were closed but this time it was due to vandalism.

I could not contain myself no longer and I just went outside into the car park and relieved my self up the rear tyre of a 2005 Nissan people carrier.

Unfortunately all of this was caught on camera and to cut a long story short, I got arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Furthermore because of that queening incident on Sandbanks beach with Marjorie from next door in 2012 , I got put away for six weeks. .

Under the new prison regulations, Mr Grayling has decided that prisoner rehabilitation is enhanced if prisoners do not have access to books from external sources such as parcels from home. While doing time in Albany Prison, I had one visit to the Prison Library during the six week period. I was allowed to take out one book. Among the stock of tatty rom-coms, true crime rubbish and Jeremy Clarkson tripe was this book. A godsend. Thank you whoever stocked it.

A third of prisoners cannot read or write. Only a tenth get access to adult literacy while inside. 80% of released prisoners are back inside within twelve months. Buy this book but then write to your MP about a ban on books that not even Putin would implement.

Oh and even the Victorians had public toilets -didn't they? (Morrisons toilets are still closed -no wonder their share price is falling.)
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on 5 June 2014
This won't give you an insight into 'Franks alter ego, it's a bit like odd world section of Private Eye. Just highlights the fact that the author, nor anyone else was allowed to get to know the real man. He must have been a real troubled soul.
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on 4 July 2014
great copy.fast efficient service.
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on 4 June 2014
Probably the same comment could apply to Frank / Chris' whole career.
A brief but poignant insight into Jon's feelings about his time in the 'band'.
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