a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence
captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose.
b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service.
c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring and self-destructive debaucheries: the unrepentant libertine author seeks revenge on his many enemies and tears the lid off the private life of blameless churchmen and librarians.
Stephen Fry`s autobiography is all and none of these. too old to rock and roll, too young to die, the author looks back with bruising frankness at his life so far.
About The Author
As well as being the bestselling author of three novels,
"One of the most poignant, funny, intelligent, frank and horribly addictive books you're likely to read all year" Sunday Telegraph "Stephen Fry is one of the great originals... This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion... That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." Financial Times "A remarkable, perhaps even unique, exercise in autobiography... that aroma of authenticity that is the point of all great autobiographies; of which this, I rather think, is one." Evening Standard "He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood... some of his bursts of simile take the breath away... his most satisfying and appealing book so far." Observer "This is one of the most extraordinary and affecting biographies I have read... Stephen is... painfully honest when trying to grapple with his ever-present demons, and often, as you might expect, very funny... I hope to goodness there'll be a sequel. I can't wait for more." Daily Mail
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.3 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.34