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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press; First Edition edition (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849546363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849546362
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Sophie on 14 April 2014
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Excellent well written book. I did not realise that Andrew Sachs was such an accomplished actor. Highly recommend. However he didn't need to justify the Ross/Brand event we all know how despicable they both are.
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Andrew traces his life from his upbringing in Germany and he is honest about his faults as a person growing up. He mentions at the end his distaste for the Jonathan Ross affair which hurt him and his family immensely. An Excellent read and of course he mentions his time as Manuel in Fawlty Towers
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A lovely book which I enjoyed very much as it told me so much about Mr. Sachs' highly successful career.

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!
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By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2014
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Andrew Sachs is one of those rare breed of chameleon-like actors who has a huge body of impressive theatre, TV and film history under his belt, but he's so good that you'd be forgiven for not recognising him. I was previously aware that Sachs grew up in Germany and had Jewish roots and that his family fled the Holocaust, but reading his account of it made it seem fraught with danger, suspense and most of all, sheer bravery on his parents' part. Growing up through his teens in north London Sachs was able to find a way to hone his performance skills prior to drama school and eventual fame.

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.
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A good read! Not entirely what I expected - even better! Andrew's background was that of being born in Germany with a Jewish father when things were not good for them to say the least! It high-lights the horrendous problems for those people. His Catholic mother was resourceful and planned an escape from Germany to England which was successful - fortunately for them and for all of us who enjoy the acting of Andrew Sachs! I couldn't put it down!!
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The end came far too quickly because I simply could not put this book down. What a delightful gentleman with a highly entertaining story to tell. There is not one dull moment reflected in my reading until 2am and then waking at 6am to finish this beautifully written autobiography.
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A very interesting insight into Andrew's life from a child brought up in Germany and his move to the UK just prior to the war and subsequent upbringing, through to his varied acting career and trials and tribulations and successes within that.
I found it an easy Kindle read and enjoyed the experience on my recent travels.
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I enjoyed this book, it was at no time boring, like some books can wax and wane in interest throughout their length, but not this one it was interesting all the way through thanks to Andrews good writing.
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