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The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Paperback – 10 Sep 2015
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"Jem manages to write about popular cultural institutions with knowledge and affection" (Stephen Fry)
"Jem, you're very charming, it's a pleasure to go on about it" (Barry Cryer)
"Roberts’s lively conversational prose never tries to ape Adams’s own style, but tells the story of his life in an accessible, compelling flow… this is a thoroughly absorbing read." (SFX magazine)
"Hitchhikers is one of the most amazing pieces of literature created in modern times… His biographer Jem Roberts puts it all into context" (The Sun)
"Roberts has done some meticulous work here and clearly cares for his subject’5*" (Daily Sport)
"Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.) Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.See all Product description
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As it’s a present for someone else, it would be wrong of me to read this copy at this stage, but on a quick flick through it’s impressive. It takes you all through the Adams story, right up to the 2012 stage show (which we went to). Some other reviewers have slated the book a little for repetition and sloppy editing, but – bearing in mind that Adams, on his own admission, couldn’t plan his way out of a paper bag – it’s probably written in a fitting spirit.
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