Stephen Fry - Author

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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.

Featured books by Stephen Fry

Troy

Troy

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Audiobook Release Date: 29/10/2020

For anyone who has enjoyed Stephen Fry's telling of Greek Myths so far this is a must-listen! Narrated by Fry in his signature style, this is the audiobook of "the oldest and greatest story ever told". It's interesting, funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, especially for fans of Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles. A brilliant choice for anyone fascinated by the Greek Gods and looking to learn more from an engaging narrator. 

Audiobooks of the Month
Heroes

Heroes

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/06/2019

Atalanta, Oedipus, Orpheus and Jason, Stephen Fry's Heroes, is the retelling of these great Greek heroes' stories and more. Companion to Mythos, this book focuses on most of the iconic heroes of the era in an entralling and engaging collection.  Read about the trial of Heracles, the Golden Fleece, many a gruesome monster defeated and many a damsel saved. This is a brilliant selection of stories for those who enjoyed Mythos and want to read more about greek mythology from an engaging source. However, there is one notable omission from this collection, to learn more about Achilles, check out Troy.

Audiobooks of the Month
Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2018

A brilliant introduction into Greek Mythology. If you're fascinated by mythology and you're looking for a vibrant and engaging collection of stories, look no further than Stephen Fry's Greek Myths series.  From the Greek creation story to the birth of the Olympians, an introduction to the Gods and classic stories retold in Fry's witty style, Mythos is entertaining and informative in equal measure. Included in this book is a treasure trove of stories, some popular myths you can enjoy again and some that are perhaps unfamiliar to you. A brilliant recommendation for mythology and Stephen Fry fans.  Stephen Fry's Greek Myths series: 1. Mythos 2. Heroes 3. Troy

More Fool Me

More Fool Me

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A third volume of autobiography from Stephen Fry, at its heart is a frank admission of his cocaine fuelled life in the 80’s and 90’s. Wrapping up with extracts from his diaries of the time he reveals a very different Stephen Fry showing what fame can do when it strikes before you’ve conquered your demons. Like for Like ReadingSo Anyway...The Autobiography, John CleeseOnly When I Laugh: My Autobiography, Paul Merton

eBooks of the Month
Planet Word

Planet Word

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2011

'The way you speak is who you are and the tones of your voice and the tricks of your emailing and tweeting and letter-writing, can be recognised unmistakably in the minds of those who know and love you.' Stephen Fry.   From feral children to fairy-tale princesses, secrets codes, invented languages - even a language that was eaten - Planet Word uncovers everything you didn't know you needed to know about how language evolves. Learn the tricks to political propaganda, why we can talk but animals can't, discover 3,000-year-old clay tablets that discussed beer and impotence and test yourself at textese - do you know your RMEs from your LOLs? Meet the 105-year-old man who invented modern-day Chinese and all but eradicated illiteracy, and find out why language caused the go-light in Japan to be blue. From the dusty scrolls of the past to the unknown digital future, and with (heart) the first graphic to enter the OED, are we already well on our way to a language without words?

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The Fry Chronicles

The Fry Chronicles

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2011

He has become a national treasure and this is an insight into his life as a public figure, author, actor and director. If you like the man then you'll love this book. Paul Cheney, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog   Stephen Fry is back with the second instalment of his memoirs, picking up at his university years. It’s witty as ever and full of details about his more recent and turbulent life. Spanning 1979-1987, this title charts Stephen's arrival at Cambridge up to his thirtieth birthday.  Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir is a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It details some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.

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The Fry Chronicles: A Memoir

The Fry Chronicles: A Memoir

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2010

  Winner of the Galaxy Biography of the Year 2010.   October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.   Stephen Fry is back with the second instalment of his memoirs, picking up at his university years. It’s witty as ever and full of details about his more recent and turbulent life.   Please note that we do not currently have an extract available to download from this title.

Stephen Fry in America

Stephen Fry in America

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2009

If you watched and enjoyed the TV series of Stephen's journey across America in his black cab then the accompanying book is great to have too. Beautifully illustrated with great photos and filled with more of his exploits and stories from his journey. Hilarious, warm, eccentric...him and the people he meets...and brilliant!  

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Other books by Stephen Fry

Fry's Ties

Fry's Ties

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

Discover the tales behind the ties in Stephen Fry's witty companion to our most distinguished accessory, the perfect gift for the tie-wearer in your life 'A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life' Oscar Wilde 'What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?' 'There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter' P.G. Wodehouse ________ Every single one of Stephen Fry's ties - whether floral, fluorescent, football themed; striped or spotty, outrageous or simply debonair - tells an intimate tale about a moment in Stephen's life. Inspired by Stephen's hugely popular Instagram posts, this book will feature beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs to celebrate his expansive collection of man's greatest clothing companion: The Tie, in all its sophisticated glory. Distinctively funny and offering witty asides, facts and personal stories, this book will make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever worn a tie.

Troy

Troy

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2021

AN EPIC BATTLE THAT LASTED TEN YEARS. A LEGENDARY STORY THAT HAS SURVIVED THOUSANDS. 'An inimitable retelling of the siege of Troy . . . Fry's narrative, artfully humorous and rich in detail, breathes life and contemporary relevance into these ancient tales' OBSERVER 'Stephen Fry has done it again. Well written and super storytelling' 5***** READER REVIEW ________ 'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .' When Helen, the beautiful Greek queen, is kidnapped by the Trojan prince Paris, the most legendary war of all time begins. Watch in awe as a thousand ships are launched against the great city of Troy. Feel the fury of the battleground as the Trojans stand resolutely against Greek might for an entire decade. And witness the epic climax - the wooden horse, delivered to the city of Troy in a masterclass of deception by the Greeks . . . In Stephen Fry's exceptional retelling of our greatest story, TROY will transport you to the depths of ancient Greece and beyond. ________ 'A fun romp through the world's greatest story. Fry's knowledge of the world - ancient and modern - bursts through' Daily Telegraph 'An excellent retelling . . . told with compassion and wit' 5***** Reader Review 'Hugely successful, graceful' The Times 'If you want to read about TROY, this book is a must over any other' 5***** Reader Review 'Fluent, crisp, nuanced, begins with a bang' The Times Literary Supplement 'The characters . . . are brilliantly brought to life' 5***** Reader Review PRAISE FOR STEPHEN FRY'S GREEK SERIES: 'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times 'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian 'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard 'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail 'A rollicking good read' Independent

Heroes

Heroes

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Everyone loves a hero - and the greatest heroes of them all were the ancient Greeks. Stephen Fry's blistering retelling of their fabulous stories makes this the PERFECT GIFT for young and old alike. Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . _________ There are Heroes - and then there are Greek Heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera. Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

Audiobooks of the Month
The Fry Chronicles

The Fry Chronicles

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Spanning 1979-1987, The Fry Chronicles charts Stephen Fry's arrival at Cambridge up to his thirtieth birthday. 'Heartbreaking, a delight, a lovely, comfy book' The Times 'Perfect prose and excruciating honesty. A grand reminiscence of college and theatre and comedyland in the 1980s, with tone-perfect anecdotes and genuine readerly excitement. What Fry does, essentially, is tell us who he really is. Above all else, a thoughtful book. And namedroppy too, and funny, and marbled with melancholy' Observer 'Arguably the greatest living Englishman' Independent on Sunday 'Extremely enjoyable' Sunday Times 'Fry's linguistic facility remains one of the Wildean wonders of the new media age. The patron saint of British intelligence' Daily Telegraph Welcome to Stephen Fry's The Fry Chronicles, one of the boldest, bravest, most revealing and heartfelt accounts of a man's formative years that you will ever have the exquisite pleasure of reading. Stephen Fry's film, stage, radio and television credits are so numerous and wide-ranging that there is not space here to do them justice. It is enough to say that he has written, produced, directed, acted in or presented productions as varied as Wilde, the TV series Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, the sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie, the panel game QI, the radio series Fry's English Delight and documentaries on subjects as varied as manic depression, disappearing animals and the United States of America. He's also the bestselling author of four novels - The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus and The Liar - as well as a volume of autobiography, Moab is My Washpot, and sundry works of non-fiction.

Mythos

Mythos

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/11/2017

Penguin presents the unabridged audio CD edition of Mythos written and read by Stephen Fry. THE TIMES AUDIOBOOK OF THE WEEK 'Perfect for the 21st Century. Ebullient, funny, Fry retells the Greek myths with elegance' The Times 'A cracking good story' The Times Literary Supplement 'A wondrous new immersion in ancient stories we only thought we knew. Page to page, Mythos is brilliant, funny, erudite, inventive, surprising and enthralling' Richard North Patterson 'Fry's lively writing certainly conveys his lifelong passion for Greek myths . . . It's a rollicking good read' The Independent _________ No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly and brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. They are like us, only more so - their actions and adventures scrawled across the heavens above. From the birth of the universe to the creation of humankind, Stephen Fry - who fell in love with these stories as a child - retells these myths for our tragic, comic, fateful age. Witness Athena born from the cracking open of Zeus's great head and follow Persephone down into the dark realm of Hades. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments. The Greek gods are the best and worst of us, and in Stephen Fry's hands they tell us who we are. Mythos - smart, funny, and above all great fun - is the retelling we deserve by a man who has been entertaining the nation for over four decades. 'A cracking good story' The Times Literary Supplement

Mythos

Mythos

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Penguin presents the downloadable audiobook edition of Mythos written and read by Stephen Fry. THE TIMES AUDIOBOOK OF THE WEEK Perfect for the 21st Century. Ebullient, funny, Fry retells the Greek myths with elegance The Times A cracking good story The Times Literary Supplement A wondrous new immersion in ancient stories we only thought we knew. Page to page, Mythos is brilliant, funny, erudite, inventive, surprising and enthralling Richard North Patterson Frys lively writing certainly conveys his lifelong passion for Greek myths . . . Its a rollicking good read The Independent _________ No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly and brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. They are like us, only more so - their actions and adventures scrawled across the heavens above. From the birth of the universe to the creation of humankind, Stephen Fry - who fell in love with these stories as a child - retells these myths for our tragic, comic, fateful age. Witness Athena born from the cracking open of Zeuss great head and follow Persephone down into the dark realm of Hades. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments. The Greek gods are the best and worst of us, and in Stephen Frys hands they tell us who we are. Mythos - smart, funny, and above all great fun - is the retelling we deserve by a man who has been entertaining the nation for over four decades. A cracking good story The Times Literary Supplement

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford. Miracles. Healings. Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud-caked hippopotamus like Ted. With this funny and deliciously readable novel, Stephen Fry takes his place as one of the most talented comic novelists of his generation.

More Fool Me

More Fool Me

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/09/2014

In his early thirties, Stephen Fry - writer, comedian, star of stage and screen - had, as they say, 'made it'. What could possibly go wrong? 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, he fooled all those except the very closest to him. He was - to all intents and purposes - a high functioning addict - 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.

How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage

How to Have an Almost Perfect Marriage

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Do you, Edna Constance Bathsheba, take Stephen John Elvis to be your lawfully wedded husband? I did. After many, many years of marriage and many, many children, I've decided it's only fair to share my unparalleled expertise and deepest secrets with you in my new book, How To Have an Almost Perfect Marriage. Of course, the 'him' to whom I refer is my current husband, Stephen. You may be aware of his numerous books, his countless television shows and his enormous intellect. You probably know he spends his time travelling endlessly, attending operas, meeting famous stars of stage and screen and visiting tribespeople in the remotest corners of the globe. That's if you read all that rubbish he writes on Twitter, anyway - honestly, that man's imagination! If you frequent the Dog & Duck, however, you'll know the truth. Or the Red Lion. Or Kev's kebab van. Because that's where you'll almost certainly find him. Not dining at the Ritz or filming something about wizards in New Zealand and certainly not at home helping me take care of our five children. Or is it six? Actually, it might be seven now... Of course, you can't realistically expect to have a marriage as perfect as ours, which is why I've called the book How To Have an Almost Perfect Marriage, but whether you're a husband-, wife- or divorcee-to-be or just simply Fry-curious, you'll learn everything you need to know, and quite a lot you don't, about the most wonderful years of your life as these nine chapters guide you through every aspect of marriage from proposal to divorce, enhanced by my own candid diary entries, incomparable poems and world famous mouth-and eye- watering recipes...

A Magic Way To Learn Your Tables

A Magic Way To Learn Your Tables

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2014

A Magic Way To Learn Your Tables by Stephen Fry

Paperweight: Volume 1

Paperweight: Volume 1

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/09/2012

A hilarious collection of the many articles written by Stephen Fry for magazines, newspapers and radio. It includes selected wireless essays of Donald Trefusis, the ageing professor of philology brought to life in Fry's novel The Liar, and the best of Fry's weekly column for the Daily Telegraph.

Paperweight: Volume 2

Paperweight: Volume 2

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/09/2012

A hilarious collection of the many articles written by Stephen Fry for magazines, newspapers and radio. It includes selected wireless essays of Donald Trefusis, the ageing professor of philology brought to life in Fry's novel The Liar, and the best of Fry's weekly column for the Daily Telegraph.

The Fry Chronicles

The Fry Chronicles

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/10/2010

Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry's autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you. Unabridged. Read by Stephen Fry.

Saturday Night Fry

Saturday Night Fry

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/05/2009

Stephen Fry's influential BBC Radio 4 comedy series starring Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Jim Broadbent. Dive into the complete first series of 'Saturday Night Fry' - the fragrance-free show with no additives or artificial colours - with Stephen Fry and his regular team, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Emma Thompson. So, as the strain of Stephen's last movement gradually fades, get ready for wit, wordplay and some surreal sketches. Remember, regular listeners will have no need of a high bran diet... 'Saturday Night Fry' was the precursor to 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' and is said to have influenced Chris Morris's 'On the Hour'. Six splendid servings of the original 1988 BBC Radio 4 comedy series, includes the pilot episode plus special guests Alison Steadman, Phyllida Law, Barry Cryer, Robert Bathurst and Julia Hills.

The Ode Less Travelled

The Ode Less Travelled

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2007

If you can speak and read English, you can write poetry. The trick is knowing where to start. Stephen Fry, who has long written poems, and indeed has written long poems, for his own private pleasure, invites you to discover the incomparable delights of metre, rhyme and verse forms. Whether you want to write a Petrarchan sonnet for your lover's birthday, an epithalamion for your sister's wedding or a villanelle excoriating the government's housing policy, The Ode Less Travelled will give you the tools and the confidence to do so. Brimful of enjoyable exercises, witty insights and simple step-by-step advice, The Ode Less Travelled guides the reader towards mastery and confidence in the Mother of the Arts.

Ode Less Travelled

Ode Less Travelled

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/11/2005

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Ode Less Travelled, written and read by Stephen Fry.Stephen Fry believes that if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun if you don't know where to start or have been led to believe that Anything Goes. Stephen, who has long written poems, and indeed has written long poems, for his own private pleasure, invites you to discover the incomparable delights of metre, rhyme and verse forms. Whether you want to write a Petrarchan sonnet for your lover's birthday, an epithalamion for your sister's wedding or a villanelle excoriating the government's housing policy, The Ode Less Travelled will give you the tools and the confidence to do so. Brimful of enjoyable exercises, witty insights and simple step-by-step advice, The Ode Less Travelled guides the reader towards mastery and confidence in the Mother of the Arts.

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