7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent biography,
This review is from: Frankie Howerd: Stand-Up Comic (Hardcover)
I wouldn't count myself as a great fan of Frankie Howerd, but I do whole-heartedly recommend this book. Well-researched, thoughtful, and balanced, I found it to be one of the best constructed biographies I have ever read. I had not appreciated how ground-breaking FH's approach was, and McCann gives a very helpful potted history of the development of comedy from music-hall onwards which helped me understand what made FH so special. The author doesn't shy away from the difficult parts of FH's personality, nor the poor quality of his later work [due my age, this was pretty much all I knew him for], but he puts all of this in context and the end result is rounded and sympathtic.