"A number one bestseller in Britain, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the ...
"A number one bestseller in Britain, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the film Wilde, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and his supporting role in A Civil Action. Fry has already given readers a taste of his tumultuous adolescence in his autobiographical first novel, The Liar, and now he reveals the equally tumultuous life that inspired it. Sent to boarding school at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love affairs, carnal violation, expulsion, attempted suicide, criminal conviction and imprisonment to emerge, at the age of eighteen, ready to start over in a world in which he had always felt a stranger. One of very few Cambridge University graduates to have been imprisoned prior to his freshman year, Fry is a brilliantly idiosyncratic character who continues to attract controversy, empathy and real devotion"--
A reassuring book that no matter what social background you come from, growing up sucks. This is a graphic book that will a) speak to a large number of the male population b) help women understand (maybe) their husbands and boyfriends. Stephen writes with an honesty that is at times difficult to read and at others out loud funny. Wonderful?.but keep it away from younger (
Dec 16, 2009
Stephen Fry is my Hero
This man is a national treasure and a truly great man, with the kinds of noble qualities that are rare these days. In this book, we are offered an honest and detailed account of the first twenty years of Stephen Fry's life, including humorous, touching and insightful anecdotes, thoughts and advice. It's such an interesting life story that it could be a work of fiction and it's so well written that it grips you like any novel. This book gives any fan - or otherwise - a chance to see what Stephen Fry is like off-screen, off-stage, at home. It's intimate, personal and really a great book overall.
Feb 7, 2008
I am a big fan of quite a bit of Stephen Fry's work and he is an excellent writer, but I could not keep this book since I would not want my children to read it.
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