off the page eligible curtis sittenfeld books of the month everyone brave is forgiven when i was invisible
Vouchers

Search our site
The Art of Waiting by Christopher Jory Read the opening extract of the brand new Christopher Jory book before its publication on 2016-05-19

Frankie Howerd by Graham McCann
  

Frankie Howerd

Graham McCann

Biography / Autobiography   eBook Favourites   

Price £7.99

RRP £9.99 saving £2.00 (20%)

Currently not available. See 'Other Formats' for alternatives including eBooks or click 'Compare Book Price' to see if it is stocked by another bookshop.
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Fan or not, this is an impressive show biz biography, beautifully handled, well researched and highly addictive.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Synopsis

Frankie Howerd by Graham McCann

The rambling perambulations, the catchphrases, the bland brown suit and chestnut hairpiece: such were the hallmarks of a revolution in stand-up comedy that came in the unique shape of Frankie Howerd. His act was all about his lack of act, his humour reliant on trying to prevent the audience from laughing ('No, no please, now…now control please, control').

This new biography from Graham McCann charts the circuitous course of an extraordinary career – moving from his early, exceptional, success in the forties and early fifties as a radio star, through a period at the end of the fifties when he was all but forgotten as a has-been, to his rediscovery in the early sixties by Peter Cook. Howerd returned to television popularity with ‘Up Pompeii’, which led to work with the Carry On team. In his last few years he became the unlikely doyen of the late eighties 'alternative' comedy circuit. But his life off-stage was equally fascinating: full of secrets, insecurities (leading at one point to a nervous breakdown) and unexpected friendships.

Graham McCann vividly captures both Howerd's colourful career and precarious private life through extensive new research and original interviews with such figures as Paul McCartney, Eric Sykes, Bill Cotton, Barbara Windsor, Joan Simms and Michael Grade. This exceptional biography brings to life an unique British entertainer.

Reviews

'Never has the sheer awkwardness of the human condition been so comically, or beautifully, conveyed.' Daily Mail

'As with his masterly account of Dad’s Army, this is an objective and scrupulously researched study, unlikely to be superseded.' Roger Lewis, Spectator

'McCann's lively biography is rooted in those post-music-hall days, his portrait of the period is vivid.' Alex Clark, Sunday Times

'Graham McCann's straightforward, affectionate biography attempts to underline Howerd's place in the pantheon of British comedy greats.' Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Graham McCann is the most trusted and admired entertainment writer working in the UK today. He is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of books on Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Frankie Howerd, Cary Grant, Spike Milligan, Terry-Thomas, Woody Allen, John Le Mesurier, Morecambe and Wise, and Marilyn Monroe. He also writes regularly on politics and culture for a wide range of publications.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

4th July 2005

Author

Graham McCann

More books by Graham McCann
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

grahammccann.co.uk

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
eBook Favourites

Dance & other performing arts

ISBN

9781841153117

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools