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Could do better
on 10 June 2008
Barry Johnston's very detailed biography provides a wealth of information about the late, great Kenneth Horne. It is fascinating but can on occasions be a little difficult to wade through. Some of the information on Kenneth's father (whose biography is this again?) was superfluous and Johnston's constant remarking on his favourite bits of the various radio programmes was unnecessary and a little tiresome. It gathered pace towards the end, however, where it improved significantly.
It's a shame, really, since the endorsement by Barry Cryer on the front cover promises a riotous read. Ultimately, however, the book fails to be as humorous as the man himself or to accurately convey the warmth and conviviality which came across so well in Beyond Our Ken and Round The Horne. Worth reading for the detailed information, therefore, but a little disappointing.