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Crying With Laughter: My Life Story (The Bestseller Collection)

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (17 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856861651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856861656
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,835,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining and abrasive canter through his up-and-down life - Witty, moving, candid - and very well written" (The Sun)

"It makes a refreshing change to read some real revelations from the life of a true, old-fashioned star" (Daily Mirror)

"Riveting - packed with cracking true stories" (Gary Bushell The Sun)

"Winning - genuinely funny" (The Sun) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The revealing autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved show business celebrities.

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Format: Paperback
A really interesting and well-written book, containing so much more than the usual autobiography Full of laughs, anecdotes and by the last page you are sorry that there isn't more! An engrossing read from the first page - recommended (providing you aren't too easily offended by a "warts and all" account)
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I enjoyed watching Bob Monkhouse in his various roles over the year and his sense of comedy resonated with me. His book is written in a conversational style - I could almost visualise him saying the words. There are some laugh out loud moments and some dull passages (the two extremes) but I expect different people will find these aspects in different parts of the book. If you liked Bob Monkhouse, or just curious about him, you'll like this book. I'm glad I read it.
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I was never a huge fan of Bob Monkhouse but a friend had this book on holiday and kept reading bits out to make us laugh. When I got back I ordered a copy and it had me giggling from start to finish. Its great to read about such a consumate professional who took his craft very seriously and cheered millions of people in the process. Recommended
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Most of my memories of Bob are as a gameshow host but I did realise he was funny because of his adlibs and general interfacing with contestants, some people thought he was a bit smug but you could tell that he was razor sharp when it came to comedy, this book opened my eyes to just how funny he was and to the fact that he had a whole career before my era as a gameshow host, though I do remember him doing a sort of chatshow where all the guests were comedians. This book deals with his whole life and reveals a lot of stuff of which he deals with quite candidly, from the ladies he has known to the frightening experience with Frankie Howerd, from his brush with the law for nothing more than having a private collection of films which nearly cost him his freedom to his ill fated nightclub he pulls no punches, a good read about a man who in my opinion was terribly undervalued.
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If like me you only remember Bob Monkhouse as a game show host then this could be interesting reading. An in site into how he got onto TV and radio. Although the first third of the book is as much about his sexual conquest as his career' there is enough other things to keep you interested until the end.
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Bob Monkhouse, who for many years was one of the great entertainers and game show hosts in Television history tells his life story in candid fashion, honest, frank, light hearted; on every page revealing a life with its many ups and downs, his triumphs and tragedies, his life and soul is all here within 330 pages or so.

He also reveals the difficult relationship with his mother who always felt that Bob's brother was a better man than he was, and that Bob would never be a success in life, whether in show business or his family life. Of course, as an entertainer, he proved himself over and over again. His private life was a different matter. His first marriage ended because of unfaithfulness by both himself and his first wife; then there was the trauma of having a severely disabled son, Gary who died quite young. And then there was his obsessions with the accumulation of a vast library of films and video tapes, mounting up to 50,000 copies which were discovered in his garden shed at the time of his death. Many of these copies have proved to be priceless, copies of television shows long thought lost.

I really enjoyed reading this book, which is very revealing and very frank, particularly in dealing with his relationships with other celebrities of the time such as Diana Dors and Frankie Howerd. A marvelous read, and will be enjoyed by anyone wanting to know more about the real Bob Monkhouse and his contributions to television history.
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I found this book a really good read. With Bob Monkhouse you either love him or hate him, I believe that if you read this book with an open mind, anyone will enjoy the read.
Bob, I feel gives a true (as far as he can be) account of his life and loves. GREAT READ !!
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As a comedian I found Bob Monkhouse to be very sharp and funny. In this very truthful account of his life he is very much clever and sharp but there is a lack of the latter. The book is just not as funny as I was expecting, but still a worthwhile read.
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