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Growing Up with the Goons Hardcover – 25 Sep 2010
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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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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)
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The anecdotes are quite charming and give a little insight into Milligan and Secombe as family men.
Not altogether unexpectedly, Sellers emerges as a wraithlike figure even to his family.
A feelgood tome rather than a source of anything new.
I found it a lovely read and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the post-war comic team.
Honestly written with a comedy eye but a lot of love. I thoroughly recommend it.