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Just Williams: An Autobiography Paperback – 28 Jun 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (28 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006370829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006370826
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Williams was one of the great institutions of British entertainment. For nearly forty years his inimitable performances on stage, screen and radio delighted audiences around the world, and his autobiography recalls the most memorable moments from this time.

Barrack-room life in Singapore, post-war repertory, his roles in revue and on the London stage of the fifties and sixties, his famous cameos in great radio shows such as 'Hancock's Half Hour', 'Round the Horne' and 'Just a Minute', his friendships with people such as Ingrid Bergman, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles, Noel Coward, Joe Orton, Stanley Baxter and Gordon Jackson – all these are described with his special brand of humour and intelligence.

"Fascinating… amiable, intelligent, and full of good stories"
JOHN LAHR, 'TLS'

"Exceptionally well written… laughs to be had in plenty"
PAUL BAILEY, 'Observer'


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Kenneth Williams a truly brilliant man,the book is very well written as you would expect from such an articulate man.The stories are very interesting and well told,if i am honest i was expecting more from our Kens Autobiography,maybe more of his darker side to be revealed.But if you want that there is always the brilliant Diaries,but this is more about his working relationships more than anything else..Still very enjoyable though..
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i bought the book when i was in scotland. it was my first english-language book i ever read. i understood every word. i ate the book, actually. i like the great Kenneth Williams and i feel sad when i think about his sad life. one could think that a bit Kenny is in everyone of us. good written book about a sad but interesting life of one of the biggest comedian (what he never could believe) in GB. i hope he will live forever in our hearts...
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Loved by more people than he would ever allow himself to believe this is ultimately a sad book. Much is known of the life of KW but little of his true feelings. This book gives you a little insight but not much - after all he was the ultimate private person and did not allow many to have access to his deeper thoughts, maybe not even his beloved mother.

A fascinating conundrum and I, for one, can't get enough of him. But there's little to be had - anywhere.

I would like to say it is an enjoyable read but, if you read between the lines, it is anything but. However, compelling it certainly is, and I've no problem recommending it to anyone who remembers him.
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This is a wonderful evocation of the life of the unique KW. It is an essential complement to his letters and diaries. For anyone interested in KW and/or the UK entertainment industry from Ensa through to the Carry Ons, this is simply unmissable. Highly readable
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Kenneth Williams is one of Britain's best loved comic performers. Many of his fellow acting coleagues have said that he just has to walk on stage and people can't control their laughter which just erupts out of the blue.
In his autobiography he leaves nothing to miss. He gives a perfect detailed account of his life on stage as well as off.
Full with wity tales about his life, Just Williams is all the more reliable as unlike most biographies Kenneth Williams had over forty years worth of diaries to reaccount the greatest moments in his life and thereby leaving you with a first hand impression on the man who appeared in more Carry-ons then aybody else.
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I found this fascinating and deeply moving. Like a lot of highly strung successful people he couldn't stand that he was loved for the person he projected and not the waspish creature inside. Although he had a ton of friends he was basically lonely, denying his homosexuality, and I find the ending in his diary particularly sad.
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This book was truly brilliant, He kept each important stage of his life to just the right amount so you knew what went on but not too much so you got bored! His life was wonderfully exotic and this book was a brilliant account written by the one person who truly knew him the best- Him!
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My product arrived as it was described, in a 'Very Good' Condition. The book itself is absolutely fantastic! Kenneth Williams is a very humours and observant man, and this is very clearly displayed in him auto biography, Would highly recommend to anyone!
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