Stephen Fry is an English actor and comedian, known recently as the host of the popular BBC series Q.I.
Fry's book is candid without being confessional – he leaves you feeling that you know him as a friend rather than merely an avid tweeter or cue-carded TV host. It picks up where Moab is My Washpot leaves off, and follows the seven or so years of his Cambridge days and burgeoning comedy career. Throughout the book are sections of coloured pictures which show him at an age more appropriate to fodder the sordid wanderings of a young fan's imagination.
My copy is charmingly weighty, and rather deliberately purple, and full of enough words to fatten a story then offer it pudding and coffee to boot. Rather than focus too ardently on his own reflection ,Fry tells many stories of the people he encountered both during and after his study – many of them now very successful comedians, actors and writers. I, for one, had no idea that all of these comedy types knew each other, and it's pleasant to imagine them all romping around a university campus in the highest of spirits and wit. This book would be a fantastic gift for anyone willing and able to read, particularly those who get a thrill from understanding a throwaway reference or twisting a particularly delicious sentence around the tongue.
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