Kentish Lad, A Paperback – 1 Oct 1998
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"Forget the Booker Prize shortlist. Here is something a lot more enjoyable" (John Carey The Sunday Times)
"A treasure trove of funny stories ... a warm, witty, and extremely well-written book" (Sir Harry Secombe Sunday Express)
"This delightful memoir is guaranteed to put a smile on your face" (Christopher Matthew Daily Mail)
"Frank Muir is not just very funny. He is also a scholar with an enormous fund of curious learning. His intelligence, taste and genius with the English language is all his own" (John Carey The Sunday Times)
"Warmth of heart, love of language, sense of mischief ... he makes you rock with laughter" (David Hughes Mail on Sunday)
The autobiography of one of the most respected and enduring figures in British entertainment.See all Product Description
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Anyone who ever heard Frank on the radio or saw his TV appearances on "Call my Bluff" and the like will remember his beautifully quirky way of putting things. This style is apparent throughout the book, proof positive that no 'ghosts' had a hand in this autobiography.
A word of warning, though. Read this book yourself, and don't let your partner get hold of it first. Otherwise you will suffer a constant diet of "I must just read you this bit"! - as my long-suffering wife can testify!
There is a sad note to the book in that Frank died shortly after completing it, and there is an afterword to this effect written by Jamie Muir, the son of Frank and Polly. Their loss must of course be infinitely greater than that of those of us who knew his talent but not the man himself. However, having this book means that some very happy memories can be preserved.
This book is a pleasant and easy read - not a gripping novel by any means, but a happy and relaxed way to unwind in good company. If you've enjoyed British TV comedy in the sixties, seventies, and eighties it's likely that Frank Muir played a role in your favourite programme and this book will allow you to reminisce happily.
In this very funny and readable autobiography, Frank writes about his seaside childhood in Ramsgate, 'you swam in and swallowed petrol flavoured sea water' and later Leyton, 'I was educated in E10 - not Eaton', before moving on to his war service as a photographer in the RAF. It's hard to imagine the dapper Muir in a bomber, strapped on a plank over the bomb bay as it slowly opens... 'I might well have screamed'.
Frank had a sunny (and sometimes surreal) outlook on life, and there's plenty of comic anecdotes, to illustrate his post war life, as he started his writing career with the BBC, while becoming a family man and celebrity. The book concludes with a touching postscipt from his son Jamie.
Very good indeed. If you're feeling fed-up then Frank's comic tales will surely put a smile on your face.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the first part of the autobiography , it was too bogged down with administrative detail at the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janet Cook
A very good read about someone that I admired all my life
very amusing and enjoyed hearing how so many well known
names got started
The condition of the book is fine. I bought it for my husband who is a Kentish lad so I haven't yet read it. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2012 by Amy Page
This is a very pleasant easy read, it rambles along and there is a chuckle and a smile on every other page, it really takes you back down memory lane.Published on 18 Jun. 2011 by jv
Once read, A Kentish Lad will remain on your bedside table to be read wholely or in part time and time again!Published on 6 Jan. 2010 by J. M. Cook
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