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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and humane - like the subject himself, 7 Feb. 2012
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An excellent read about a genuine warm man of the people. Louis Barfe has conducted extensive interviews with Dawson's collaborators to produce an excellent account of his ascent to the top of show business that combines pathos with humour and takes us back to the lost world of TV variety and clubland.

There are also detailed accounts of Dawson's little known serious fiction which serve as a constant reminder that Dawson was a highly intelligent man deeply in love with painting pictures with words.

Whether he is as well remembered as the book makes out I'm not sure. If you say the words "Les Dawson" to anyone over 40 and I would imagine their first reaction is to smile - which is as much a legacy as any comedian may wish for. But his tragically early death (relatively speaking) means that for anyone under 30, he is probably someone their parents watched than anything else.

I would heartily recommend this book though as a reminder of how genuinely funny Les Dawson was and to confirm that he was as down to earth off screen as he appeared on it - Cheers Les!
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2012 07:00:29 GMT
Mr. Squiffle says:
It sounds such a good read that I think I will have to purchase it in two formats, i.e. book-form & Kindle, Kindle is useful, but not the real thing, Thank you for 4star comments.

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