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on 27 January 2017
An expensively produced, diligently researched and lavishly illustrated book which anatomises the personal and professional life of a man who was, paradoxically and simultaneously, both an outrageous and entertaining exhibitionist and a self-repressed and introspective private individual. That's a combination that takes some beating, and it's documented here in detail by innumerable items from Wes Butters's private collection of Wlliams memorabilia, obtained directly from one of the comedy star's heirs.Russell Davies provides an authoritative linking narrative and there are illuminating extracts from extended interviews with people who knew and worked with Williams.
This book can be bought at the amazing bargain price of 1p.+ postage on Amazon. After reading through this ( and being sorry to reach the end! ) it's a fair bet you'll want to read Wes Butters's book, "Whatsisname", on the even more outrageous figure of Williams's colleague and "Carry On" co-star, Charles Hawtrey. That, however, on account of the much more modest single print run in 2010, will cost you nearly a tenner!
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on 14 April 2016
A fantastic insight into the private life of one of Britain's best loved comedy actors. Kenneth Williams was an enigma & a very private man. His published diaries gave us a glimpse of the turmoil he often went through in both his private & professional life but this book goes even further. Contributions from his family & close friends underline his personal fears about his health as well as his career, which although not declining was certainly becoming restricted. A 'must have' for any fan of this brilliantly talented man.
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on 24 May 2016
Couldn't give this five stars as it was a book that gave us tidbits to what we already knew. Was uneasy about the segment about the author breaking into Kenneth's flat on the night before it was demolished. There is a fine line between information we might want to know and actions that are distasteful. All in all was a pleasant read, though some of the pages were difficult to read, maybe would be a better book in paper.
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on 30 November 2017
This is a background to Kenneth's autobiography, by friends and family who knew him. A lot of the book seemed to concentrate on the funeral etc, but there are a number of scripts and notes written by the great man himself, which can be quite revealing. It's so sad that, like a former colleague he worked with, Tony Hancock, he really had no idea of how much he was loved by the public.
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on 28 November 2013
Good companion piece to both the published diaries and letters by Russell Davies. However 3 stars only as a little too short. Also had terrible problems with presentation on Kindle Fire HD.The layout and sizes of scripts, letters and notes were a nightmare and starting a new chapter often meant the text size jumped about wildly meaning bookmarking a page and returning later to see if it had settled down.

In short bad presentation spoiled a good read
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on 27 August 2014
Interesting, episodic collection of facts and anecdotes from people who knew this comedian well. Intriguing collection of notes, typed scripts, hand written letters and photographs from his life.
Unfortunately, not all photos, especially in the last section, have captions explaining when and where they were taken.
Not as detailed as a standard biography but more an addemdum to one.
Only thing missing is a complete list of his film credits.
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on 22 February 2013
This book is a little treasure trove of previously unseen documents and a must have for all KW obsessives. However, the five stars reflect the worthiness of the actual product and not the experience of reading it on Kindle. The manuscripts come out too small to decipher and the picture quality is poor. Better to buy the hardcover secondhand.
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on 29 March 2016
A great price and quick delivery
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on 27 August 2015
Very interesting reading I took a star off as the pictures and notes can't be read properly on kindle.
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on 29 July 2016
loved this book
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