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Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me.
'Oh dear I am an arse. I expect there'll be what I believe is called an "intervention" soon. I keep picturing it. All my friends bearing down on me and me denying everything until my pockets are emptied. Oh the shame'
In his early thirties, Stephen Fry - writer, comedian, star of stage and screen - had, as they say, 'made it'. Much loved in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, author of a critically acclaimed and bestselling first novel, The Liar, with a glamorous and glittering cast of friends, he had more work than was perhaps good for him.
What could possibly go wrong?
Then, as the 80s drew to a close, he discovered a most enjoyable way to burn the candle at both ends, and took to excess like a duck to breadcrumbs. Writing and recording by day, and haunting a never ending series of celebrity parties, drinking dens, and poker games by night, in a ludicrous and impressive act of bravado, he fooled all those except the very closest to him, some of whom were most enjoyably engaged in the same dance.
He was - to all intents and purposes - a high functioning addict. Blazing brightly and partying wildly as the 80s turned to the 90s, AIDS became an epidemic and politics turned really nasty, he was so busy, so distracted by the high life, that he could hardly see the inevitable, headlong tumble that must surely follow . . .
Containing raw, electric extracts from his diaries of the time, More Fool Me is a brilliant, eloquent account by a man driven to create and to entertain - revealing a side to him he has long kept hidden.
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. He also 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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About the Author
STEPHEN FRY is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, and director. He is also the bestselling author of four novels "The Stars Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, "and "The Liar" as well as two previous memoirs "Moab Is My Washpot "and "The Fry Chronicles.""--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00L8FE1C4
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (25 September 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 18932 KB
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- Print length : 388 pages
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- his cocaine usage
- tales of the Grouch Club in Soho
- the last two chapter are a series of diary entries over about 10 days in the 1990's
Whenever the narrative comes to some interesting point, he continually says things like "for more details see my previous book" rather than repeat himself. So we we learn very little about him.
The text itself jumps from one period to the next, seems to have little structure and tends to ramble leaving the reader dazed and confused.
Anyone interested in his life MAY be better served reading his first two autobiogrphies, Moab is my Washpot, and The Fry Chronicles.
I say "may" because not having read either I can't speak to either's quality.
Redemption redemption redemption. This romantic, this ex-Catholic, yearns for it.
Yes, it's enlightening, and yes, it's entertaining, but it left me feeling a little short-changed.
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I thought Moab is My Washpot was fascinating - a real insight into what makes Stephen Fry tick, what helped shaped him. The Fry Chronicles was a decent second instalment.
But More Fool Me - oh dear. I have some insight into addiction, and this was painful to read - not because of its subject matter, or because of Fry's own suffering, but because it revelled in his addiction - he recounts stories that should fill him with horror at the recollection but are instead presented with a "silly old Stephen" artifice that is shockingly insincere. His recounting of his arrest for drink driving - in which he manages to stash his cocaine supply and so evade arrest for drug possession too - reads throughout as though he has cleverly duped the old Bill who were unfairly targeting motorbike riders, the swine.
Fry is quick to say how terrible drugs are and wasn't he naughty and foolish, but he is sadly also very quick to relate a particularly juicy anecdote about taking drugs in the House of Commons, or whilst visiting the Royals. It's embarrassingly smug and wincingly insincere, and I'm afraid the whole book was woefully shallow.
No more volumes for me, thanks.
I really wouldn’t bother buying this book.
He needs an editor badly, but perhaps a wake up call even more urgently, the British public love him but please Stephen, treat us better than this. I feel thoroughly cheated and I think far less of him for passing off this tosh as insight. Moab was wonderful. Read that instead. I'd urge no further person to purchase this book, in case it encourages him to write another or to think he can get away with treating the public who love him so badly.