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The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Hardcover – 25 Sep 2014
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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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I've studiously avoided reading biographies of Douglas Adams so far.
I've often feared that we might stray over into the dissecting of comedy problem. It's a bit like dissecting a frog. It might be an interesting exercise to do but at the end of it all you have are bits of frog.
This book was a lot of fun. I bought it looking forward to the unpublished bits of Douglas' writing that Jem had promised us. These were fun but such a lot of short unconnected pieces that felt a little strange to read one after the other. I was just beginning to enjoy the creation and then it would end for the whole process to begin again with another piece.
The biography of Douglas, however, was very entertaining indeed with Jem managing to portray a real joy and delight in the works of DNA. It gave a very clear picture of Douglas' fervent amble to fame and fortune in the world of BBC light entertainment.