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Joyous biography of a comic genius,
This review is from: Hello, Darlings!: The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett (Hardcover)
I used to love watching Kenny Everett on the TV back in the 1980s, whether it was one of his own shows or an appearance on the likes of "Blankety Blank" or a chat show. Whenever clips of his work pop up on nostalgia shows or I stumble across them on YouTube they still make me laugh, and he was truly ahead of his time in many ways. Until I read this book I didn't know much about Kenny himself, his own book "The Custard Stops at Hatfield" actually being largely fictional and written by somebody else, but this wonderful biography resolved that.
It's an authorised biography, written with the approval and cooperation of his family, so there's always a niggling doubt that any skeletons in the closet have been hidden away, but Kenny comes across as a lovely, talented man, loved by all - with the exception of Tony Blackburn (the feeling was mutual) - and whose early death from AIDS stole him from his loved ones and from his fans. The book is hugely entertaining, full of anecdotes, and has a tremendous warmth to it - writing it was clearly a labour of love for the authors.
A wonderful book, and a fantastic portrait of a true comic and creative genius.