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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154837
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Funny, poignant… His prose feels like an ideal form of conversation." — The Washington Post

"Charming … His compilation of crotchets can be both compelling and cockamamie." — The Wall Street Journal

"Heartbreaking, a delight, a lovely, comfy book." — The Times (London)

"You'd have to be not just very smart but witty, humorous and inventive to have had the career he has, but still more to encapsulate so much of it, playfully yet seriously, in this book." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. More recently he presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith on April 26 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the second volume of Stephen Fry's autobiography, covering the eight years immediately after the first volume (entitled `Moab is my Washpot'). I have not yet read the first volume, which covers Stephen Fry's childhood and teenage years, and am keen to do so as soon as I can.

Stephen Fry writes this book from a position of relative fame: many of us who have followed British comedy will know at least some of his work from the 1980s, while others may only know his more recent work. But who is the man behind the public figure?

Stephen Fry arrived at Cambridge while still on probation from credit card fraud. He quickly discovers that he can sail through examinations without too much effort, befriends other bright young people such as Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, and finds that extra-curricular activities are even more interesting than Shakespearean texts. It seems clear that mostly this was happy period in Stephen Fry's life and the way in which he writes of it is a delight to read. It's almost like listening to him speak.

But, if publicly all seems to be going well, privately: ` I had lived twenty years convinced that my body was the enemy and that all I had going for me was my brain, my quickness of tongue and my blithe facility with language, attributes that can cause people to be as much disliked as admired.'

This questioning of self, combined with a dislike of his appearance and body made it difficult for Stephen Fry to be comfortable. There was a gap between the confident public persona he projected and how he felt:
`The sense of failure, the fear of eternal unhappiness, the insecurity, misery, self-disgust and the awful awareness of underachievement... Are you not prey to all of those things also? I do hope so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jakesask on Jan. 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has recently become a fan of Stephen Fry, I very much enjoyed reading this second volume of autobiography. Having little knowledge of English universities, I especially appreciated the discussion of Cambridge and what the university is like (just as I learned about British public schools when I read _Moab is My Washpot_). I got a bit lost in the discussion of tv and theatre people and interactions with them (and found some of the detailed discussions a bit tedious). The many colour photos were appreciated, along with heartwarming stories of Fry's enduring friendship with Hugh Laurie. Overall, the tale is definitely a good one and a must-read for any fan of Stephen Fry or English television comedy. Left me desperately wanting to read the rest of the story--I hope volume 3 comes soon!
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By Dadant on Aug. 24 2011
Format: Paperback
This is simply one of the best autobiographies. Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the UK and without a doubt; the rest of the world must get to know this man.

I had appreciated his work since "Blackadder" and "Jeeves and Wooster" and recently rediscover his quiet charisma in "Kingdom" and the "QI" series. But it was from his wonderful documentaries "Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive" and "HIV And Me" that made me respect the man.

This is a wonderful memoir that is not only boldly frank, honest and at times touching but one that also makes you fall in love with the English language. Stephen's description of the simplest things, like the smoke from a pipe, is simply - delectable.

Stephen, I implore you, please, get to work on volume three!
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I read the first installment of Fry's memoirs, MOAD IS MY WASH POT aloud to my wife and we enjoyed it a lot.

This one was, perhaps, not as emotionally engaging, but Fry has a way with words that keeps you reading.

This book covers the years from Fry's time at Cambridge until his thirtieth birthday. Fry is a busy boy during those years. Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson are part of the cast of characters in the story. as well as other British comics, writers, and TV personalities that weren't household names in our household. (Part of the fun was checking these people out on YouTube)
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