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Little Ern: The authorised biography of Ernie Wise Hardcover – Unabridged, 7 Oct 2011
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`This entertaining and poignant memoir of one half of Britain's best-loved comedy double acts focuses on the `straight man' in the partnership who was the perfect foil, and whose talent has often been overlooked.'
'...fascinating...an in-depth biography of Ernie Wise by Robert Sellers and James Hogg that follows the early life of Wise, his fateful first meeting with Eric Morecambe and their subsequent partnership, thanks to interviews with many fellow entertainers, as well as Ernie's widow, Doreen.' --Choice magazine
`Fully explores the often-overlooked contribution Ernie made to the act and to comedy in general' --Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Chris Burgess
`This well-paced, perceptive book is touching and persuasive in the case that it makes.' --Mail on Sunday, Anthony Russell
`... an uplifting, heart-warming and beautifully written book that will act as a comfort blanket recalling cheery Christmases past; a time when Christmas didn't really begin until the whole family gathered round the television set to enjoy the collective warmth of Morecambe and Wise...if you want some genuinely touching and interesting Christmas reading, pop this one in your Christmas stocking.' --Spectator online Jerry Hayes
`A cheerful and affectionate tribute to "the perfect straight man"' --Christopher Silvester, Daily Express
`Welcome fillers for the stockings of televisionistas include the first authorised biography of Ernie Wise.' --The Stage
An entertaining, funny and poignant biography of this much-loved star. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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My recommendation, however, at least for fellow devotees, has to be a qualified one. This is because while the book certainly offers a fuller picture of Ernie's life post-Eric than I have read elsewhere, drawing on interviews with his widow Doreen, there's no getting away from the fact that much of the main part of the book, namely the pair's rise to fame, will already be familiar, thanks to the proliferation of books about the pair. Additional details and observations newly supplied by Doreen and other interviewees do illuminate certain aspects of an oft-told tale, but we're not exactly talking blinding revelations on every page.
Inevitably, then, it's the bookends - earliest days and declining years -which will be of most interest to diehard fans. Those early days have been covered in the past, but I don't think I've read elsewhere of Ernie's family's attitude to his cash-making potential: Doreen, uniquely placed to judge, sees Ernie's early years as a kind of slavery, that his childhood was stolen from him, explaining his later enjoyment in the "toys" which his success bought him.Read more ›
The one thing i did not like about the book was the way that it sought quotes from the likes of Ben Miller,Miranda Hart and Ant & Dec about the pair.It is one of the curses of modern tv biogs where the opinions of lesser lights are inflicted on us.Let us hope that this will not create a trend in books.
On stage from a very early age, Ernie Wise was a showman through and through. He never classified himself as a comedian, and would probably have preferred to have been a song and dance man but soon recognised the extraordinary chemistry he had with Eric Morecambe was his route to fame & fortune. We learn that he was also the driving force in the partnership, and it was his drive that carried them through the early days when they were just another struggling variety turn. Far from being the carefree clown, Eric would take setbacks to heart but Ernie would keep his spirits up on the rocky road to stardom. It was also Ernie who would take charge of the business side of the partnership, helping to organise their bookings and the terms of their contracts; he became known as a hard-headed negotiator, usually getting the best deal for himself and Eric.Read more ›
Have to say though its a very sad read of Ernies attempt to stay in the public eye once Morecambe had died. you get the impression his showbiz pals were willing him to retire apart from the odd chat show or countdown appearance but couldnt persuade him. and he probably in all honesty made a massive mistake trying to carry on in the public eye- the author as good as suggests that.
still a fantastic book with memories almost on every page
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Great book, I love Morecambe and Wise. Made me cry when Eric died, made me cry when Ernie died....hankies at the ready!Published 6 months ago by Blackcountryshaz
It was so lovely to find a book about Ernie Wise as he was so much more than a straight man but a comic in his own right as well as a song and dance man. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mossy
Such a touching & in depth perspective about Ernie Wise's sometimes undervalued contribution to the legend that was Morecambe & Wise. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Grant Willcox
Great Delivery, easy transaction with no glitches product just as describedPublished on 17 July 2014 by Suzanne Portelli
Loved it. Was in condition as it was second hand and it was a good buy good buy and arrived in very quick time. Have no issues what so ever. Enjoyed reading it.Published on 17 Nov. 2013 by Yvonne Harrison
I bought this hoping to get some insight into the other less reported half of the famous duo. Unfortunately I got a load of cobbled together quotes, a lot of them from people who... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by S. Owen
A few years back, a friend of mine once said, "Ernie Wise never said anything funny." At the time that seemed a bit harsh, and a simple viewing of any Morecambe & Wise sketch will... Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by Richard Parkinson