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Kenneth Williams: Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams Paperback – 7 Jul 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184854197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848541979
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher Stevens's diligent biography offers illuminating insights into Kenneth Williams's work and inner life. Underpinned by a warm sympathy, Born Brilliant is often revealing and . . . well-written (Sunday Telegraph)

The book does something interesting and necessary. There is a danger with any book on Williams of just further nailing down the received wisdom: that he was entirely morbid, socially inadequate and consumed by guilt. What Stevens manages to do, even as he throws out all the examples of The Fear, is retune the accepted facts a little and tell the story not just of the melancholia but also of the happiness (Herald)

Christopher Stevens has written a solid, workmanlike, authorised biography of this least solid or workmanlike or authorised of figures (Mail on Sunday)

Stevens adeptly captures the mercurial temperament and frequent malice. For all his flaws, however, Williams remains lovable, to his devoted friends and fans, as well as to Stevens' readers (Metro)

Stevens has done a grand job of reconciling the public and private Williamses (Daily Telegraph)

Williams gets the biography he deserves: impeccably researched, compelling and, despite everything, sympathetic (Scotsman)

a portrait far more sympathetic than the ascerbic one conjured by Williams' edited diary extracts in l993 (Independent)

Excellent biography (Choice)

Stevens has unearthed a great deal of new material (TLS)

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The authorised full story of the troubled and brilliant comic genius that was Kenneth Williams

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