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A Young Man's Passage by [Clary, Julian]
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A wryly engaging romp (Sunday Times)

A proudly un-ghosted memoir from Britain's most popular of performers (Publishing News)

Witty, charming autobiography (Heat)

Candid and personal memoir from an inimitable entertainer (The Bookseller)

Aware of the importance of light and shade, Clary weaves a skillful narrative from letters, eavesdroppings, scripts and dairy entries. Most of the tears he provokes are of laughter (Evening Standard)

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A candid and beautifully written personal memoir from one of Britain's greatest comic wits (2004-06-24)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 905 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TKD7CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I'd been waiting for this book ever since it was announced, and it was well worth the wait. This is an incredibly honest, entertaining autobiography by a man whose private life has generally remained private (you know, because it hasn't been all over the tabloids, generally), so you really feel like you're finding out something new about Mr. Clary. It's very well written, humourous but still manages to remain remain sensitive and endearing. I would recommend this book to anybody, it is one of the best autobiographies I've read in a very long time.
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Great book for julian clary fans.
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Interesting and amusing but also sad on occasions, very enjoyable read and now I want to read more of his books.
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A very enjoyable read, I would recommend this book highly.
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Too much sex references
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. You get a real sense of Julian from this book which is written with real honesty and conviction.
I loved the whole passage from young boy to international star. Certainly puts events into context and leaves a feeling of sadness at points.
I don't normally read auto-biographies, but I'll certainly be looking out for more as a result of this book. I couldn't put it down.
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Format: Paperback
I've been interested in Clary's career since first seeing him at the Edinburgh Fringe, many years ago. Consequently, I found this book an absolute treat, devouring it in a couple of days.
Clary's glosses over or ignores some things eg what happened to Sticky Moments ( which I loved!) and how was the sitcom "Terry and Julian" received? He went into more detail than I cared for, regarding sexual activity, but I suspect that was a selling point for the book!
Overall, I gained insight into Clary's life, personality and motivation and also into the world "alternative" comedy in the '80s. This was a very enjoyable and frequently amusing read.
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This is actually a lot better than I expected it to be - largely as I expected this to be very dire indeed.
Clary's word play is sublime - for instance 'passage' could mean his journey through life, whereas the cheeky rhetorical genius actually uses the title of this masterpiece to mean a young man's anus and lower colonic tract.
The book is 'rammed' with gems of equal quality - basically they are all exactly the same joke re-packaged, using words such as 'alley' to also refer to the anus and lower colonic tract of a young man. I did not detect any subtext but am confident that such would also refer to young men's bottoms and lower bowels - assuming I haven't overlooked anything.
It is 'hard' not to make obvious comparisons with the likes of David Walliams, who also seems to have forged a career from a single, solitary joke, which I find doubly curious - or bi-curious if you will. Actually John Inman did the same thing 'come' to think of it, and that Carr bloke. Clearly being camp is an alternative to writing a second joke. Still since Walliams 'came' on the scene he certainly has 'stuffed' Clary's monopoly on camp (the word monopoly is not a euphemism for the anus and lower bowels of a young man by the way).
I do not have either 'foot' in any 'camp' when it comes to being festive, but would shove my 'fist' in the air to defend anybody's right to free speech and 'spout off' about things (I think I got about four sexually oriented puns in that one sentence - well done me, it's a lot easier than you'd think when you roll your sleeves up and knuckle down to it - obviously you have to get your head in the right place).
Anyway you'd think Mr Clary would like a bit of variety looking at his wardrobe, but he obviously eschews variety when it comes to writing jokes.
Alright if this type of thing is up your alley/passage/anus but it's not for me - I prefer something less light-hearted with a bit more balls, rather than a one trick pony with lipstick on.
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