Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more

Customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
14
Funny Bones: My Life in Comedy
Format: Kindle Edition|Change
Price:£7.63

on 4 November 2014
In an age when being a so-called celebrity means having appeared on some vacuous reality show or getting on to the X Factor and sounding just like every other electronically-enhanced singer , how lovely to read a book by someone who has actually served a proper apprenticeship in the entertainment industry.
Freddie Davies has done it all........tough Working Men's Clubs , Butlins Holiday Camp, the Royal Shakespeare Company , T.V. shows including his own show, variety ,and series like Harbour Lights and Last Of The Summer Wine , and films like the classic "Funny Bones" (much of which was based on Freddie's own experiences and in which he demonstrates some fine and touching acting) and Harry Potter.
He writes of it all in an entertaining manner , is not afraid to chronicle his failures as well as his successes , and is still performing in his own live show at the age of 77.
This is a vastly entertaining and well written book , and the author ain't finished yet !
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 4 August 2014
Freddie Davies is a thorough showbusiness professional and after reading this well written book, you will realise why. It's a fascinating look at a career which has spanned many genres. It is a very honest autobiography in which Freddie has detailed his failures as well as his successes. Having met the man, I can confirm he is a lovely bloke and greatly deserving of his fame. As a lover of show business biographies, I eagerly devoured this fascinating book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 13 March 2016
this was bought for a gift and as ive had no complaints im assuming my brother loved it.
11 Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 26 December 2014
What a delightful surprise to read Freddie Davies' back-story. Full of anecdotes and with some commentary about show business colleagues, this is both a tribute to Freddie's grandfather Jack Herbert and a homage to the craft of comedy. Nostalgic and honest, this is a book that reveals much more about Freddie than you might expect.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 22 September 2014
Unputdownable read.really interesting read.i know Freddie and Vanessa beautiful human beings and nice people.also our business is full of imposters who have no business in show business !!!!!!!!!!!!!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 5 February 2015
Honest, engaging and utterly absorbing. If you are fascinated by showbiz stories, the history of Variety or the craft (and hard graft!) of comedy as I am, then this is for you. Thoroughly recommended!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 13 September 2014
I really enjoyed this book, Freddie's journey is a very interesting one. If you love show business you can't go wrong with this book.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 27 July 2014
An excellent book very well written
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 13 November 2014
First Class book, Most interesting, good to know it has been published,It takes you back to the days of Variety
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 27 July 2014
This is a compelling book, a real labour of love by the ghost writer Anthony Teague and a poignant trip down memory lane in the company of the wonderful Freddie Davies. 'Parrotface' may not have quite made it to the stellar level of a Ken Dodd or a Benny Hill but he is a survivor who presents to the reader an unnervingly detailed record of sixty years in show business spanning the end of variety and the television age. He reminds us of that wonderful but disappearing world of pantos, working men's clubs, the variety circuits and despairing attempts to break through into the big time. We are presented with a cast of crooked agents, dodgy theatre managers, sad comics, wannabee crooners, failed ventriloquists and above all, funny men who in their private lives are often anything but. This is a world of individualists driven on by the search for the next killer gag or the next 'knock em dead in the stalls' routine. It is also a story of survival with the ever adaptable Freddie game for any challenge in show business from four chaotic and very funny years on the cruise ships to a standout performance as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Freddie Davies presents a history of British light entertainment over the past half century where there is always time to remember the small acts of kindness from fellow artists who helped him along the way. Funny Bones also answers profound questions such as why southern comics found it so difficult in the northern clubs, why he fell out with Mike Yarwood (whose name should be higher up the bill) and the grim details of just how Russ Conway was so appallingly difficult to work with. Unlike many books of this genre, it is beautifully written and contains a wealth of photographs that are in themselves a history of post- war light entertainment. Highly recommended.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse


Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)