I Know Nothing: The Autobiography Hardcover – 20 Feb 2014
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[T]his is an engaging and often touching account of someone who has gone through life hellbent on squeezing as much enjoyment out of it as he can. --Mail on Sunday<br \><br \>There is, however, a lot more to the memoir than Manuel… as well as telling a jolly showbiz tale, he can also strike a more serious and insightful tone when the subject matter requires it. --The Times<br \><br \>Those into celebrity autobiographies should watch out for offerings from Andrew Sachs… --The Press<br \><br \>The harrowing, inspiring life of Andrew Sachs. --Roger Lewis, The Spectator
A feast of stories, funny and sad, name droppings par excellence, thoughtful opinions and a 54-year-old love story. --Yours
Those into celebrity autobiographies should watch out for offerings from Andrew Sachs… --The Press
About the Author
Born in Germany in 1930, Andrew Sachs came to England in 1938 with his family. Following school and a stint of National Service, he began a career in theatre, touring Britain before joining the BBC Drama Repertory Company, where he achieved success on stage, television and the radio. He landed his career-defining role in 1975: the Spanish waiter Manuel in the hugely popular Fawlty Towers. Performing regularly on and off stage ever since, Sachs has recently appeared in Coronation Street and the acclaimed film Quartet. He lives in north London with his wife, Melody.
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I particularly enjoyed the dignified put down of the revolting behaviour of the two "rankers" and their toilet "humour". As Mr. Sachs says, there is some excuse for the younger one who still clearly has a lot of growing up to do but none at all for the older who is, perhaps, trying to look "cool". It reminds me of teenagers who try to prove how grown up they are by behaving like two year olds.
Well done, Mr. Sachs!
Being a huge comedy fan I was very interested to read the background information about the filming of Fawlty Towers and was horrified to hear about Sach's rather serious burns during one of the crazier scenes, ditto the John Cleese/frying pan incident! However, ever the professional, Sachs took it in his stride. It's nice to hear that he still brings Manuel out of retirement for charity purposes.
The chapter concerning the Russell Brand/Jonathan Ross 'Sachsgate' scandal was beautifully written and so sensitively put that you'd hope that nothing similar would ever happen again. A few years on it does seem a horribly crass thing to do to an octogenerian national treasure. That said, it's clear that Sachs has put the whole thing behind him.
In conclusion: a great book for all fans of comedy and entertainment. It drops a star because it did drag a little in places, however that didn't detract from the content of the book.
I found it an easy Kindle read and enjoyed the experience on my recent travels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Andrew tells his story ways and all, it is fascinating to read of his early years and the challenges faced by his family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by patricia nilsson
i wanted to like this book but found the writer to be insufferably pompous and a self confessed selfish cheat, and yes, with ' ideas above his station ' . Read morePublished 1 month ago by I love my bed
A warm touching and funny story of his life...so much more than Manuel!Published 1 month ago by rae
Interesting personal story of famous entertainer. Easy to read.Published 2 months ago by Branwen Patagonia
I enjoyed it very much i learned a lot about andrew i was surprisedPublished 2 months ago by john fleming