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Growing Up with the Goons Hardcover – 25 Sep 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The highs and lows of growing up the offspring of a Goon is movingly recounted' Choice magazine 201012 'He recounts in loving detail not only his own experiences but those of the other Goons' children. Rare, treasured memories.' Evergreen 201012 'They were the anarchic comedy kings of the Fifties and this affectionate behind-the-scenes reminiscence by Sir Harry Secombe's son helps explain why' Sunday Express 20101219

About the Author

Andy Secombe has written four novels, including the acclaimed Endgame published by PanMcMillan.

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I loved this book.It leapt at me as the answer to my Christmas present dilemmas for that "difficult-to-buy-for" generation and looked such fun that I bought a copy for myself. I couldn't resist a peep at life at home for the families of those extraordinary characters and what a life it was!
Honestly written with a comedy eye but a lot of love. I thoroughly recommend it.
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A fascinating, warm and fun insight into an extraordinary world which can be appreciated not only by the generation who loved the Goons originally, but to new generations too. A great buy at this time of year - for once a Christmas present which will be genuinely appreciated by any family member!
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My dad remembers the goons and so I bought this book for his birthday. I will eventually get round to giving it to him when I finish it myself. I made the mistake of reading the first few pages!
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This book shows us a side of the Goons - Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine - not found in conventional biographies - it describes them as seen by their children as opposed to their contemporaries. What were they like off microphone/off screen? I suspect all Goon fans have a notion of what their heroes were like as people, but I found this book a revelation.

Not that I found my idols had feet of clay. But it certainly showed some aspects that while understandable, were horrifying. And others that reinforced the view already acquired through various bio and autobiographies.

There. Now you'll want to find out what was so horrifying. Buy the book. And remember we are looking at parents and children of the 1950's and 1960's before a lot of current theories as to how best to be a parent were formulated.

Remember Searle: "You psychoanalyst may say one thing, Blatworthy but I say another. And my treatment is FREE" (my apologies if I misquote here)

Buy this book!
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A warm and affectionate look at being the offspring of the Goons, which is both funny, insightful and occasionally moving. Clearly a labour of love for Secombe who skillfully blends together elements of biography, anecdote and observation to give the reader a peak into the domestic lives of the iconic comedians.
I found it a lovely read and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the post-war comic team.
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This was an extremely interesting insight as to what life was like 'on the other side'. It was tough for them at times, having very famous parents. Fantastic that most of the Goon offspring came through it, and are sane as a result! This is a good read for Goon fans.
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