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Biography Of Peter Cook Paperback – 4 Jun 1998
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'Lively and penetrating' ( Independent on Sunday )
'At last, this book explains the mystery of Peter Cook - how someone so funny, so loveable, so handsome, could make such a total hash of his life. Harry Thompson's pedigree in television comedy makes him an authoritative commentator on Cook's performances' (Lynne Barber, Daily Telegraph )
'Unputdownable, level-headed and intelligent' (Nicholas Lezard, Guardian )
'This definitive biography...as heartbreaking as it is entertaining' (Jessica Berens, Times Literary Supplement ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Harry Thompson invented many TV comedy hits such as Have I Got News For You and Da Ali G Show. He was the author of several acclaimed bestsellers, including PETER COOK: A BIOGRAPHY and PENGUINS STOPPED PLAY, as well as a historical novel, THIS THING OF DARKNESS which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time he ran the infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. Harry Thompson died in 2005.
Top Customer Reviews
It would make an excellent film, too.
What a long way it is from Peter Cook's grandfather, a railway official in Kuala Lumpur who shot himself under the stress of a big promotion, and his father - a "sea-green incorruptible" colonial administrator - to the party he threw at the Cobden Working Men's Club in 1993, where the Rolling Stones rubbed shoulders with the Monty Python crew, two England cricket captains, Julian Clary and a mass of other celebrities. So tight was the scrum that Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller never managed to greet their host at all.
Like a stock market boom/bust cycle, the ups and downs of Cook's career were hugely amplified by the dictates of fashion. He was lucky enough to catch the early 1960s satire wave, and quickly became so sought-after that President Kennedy and his wife actually had to go and meet him, after he declined an invitation to the White House. Other than becoming global dictator, there was hardly anywhere to go after that but down - and Cook's perfectionism and lack of ambition conspired to make the descent almost as fast as the rise.
Cook's attitude to alcohol may have been at the root of his downfall. He simply wasn't prepared to give it up, and - like many people to whom money is no object - found himself drinking more and more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tatty, badly researched and little like the cold hearted man I knew.Published 16 months ago by TeeandCee
This is the best biography I've ever read. Harry Thompson was extremely well-placed to write it: he knew Peter Cook personally, worked as a producer of television comedy (including... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Not quite rabid
It's a good book but still early doors to write a biography of Mr. Cook.
The phrase "futile gesture" has passed into popular parlance, though only with lawyers... Read more
A good biography. Gives a good picture of the heady days of 60s satire and his place in it. Then his slow descent into drinking and eccentricity. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by Dara Monahan