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A thoroughly compelling read.,
This review is from: Peter Cook: A Biography (Hardcover)
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully fascinating biography by Harry Thompson. He has certainly managed to get to grips with his remarkably gifted and complicated subject. The anecdotes and quotes peppered throughout are truly memorable - as are the sad episodes of Peter Cook's life. I particularly enjoyed the account of Cook and Hislop's raid on the Mirror building while its proprietor, Robert Maxwell, was away with his mistress. I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. The book is beatifully written, too. A must for anyone who has an ounce of interest in British comedy, or for that matter, impeccably constructed biographies.
It was some years after reading this book that I learnt with great sadness of Harry Thompson's untimely death from cancer in his forties. He was clearly an exceptionally gifted writer.
Alex Pearl, author of 'Sleeping with the Blackbirds'