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Stephen Fry - Author

About the Author

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

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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Other books by Stephen Fry

The Art of Faith 3500 Years of Art and Belief in Norfolk

The Art of Faith 3500 Years of Art and Belief in Norfolk

Author: Stephen Fry, John Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/12/2010

The Art of Faith celebrates the impact of faith on the art of a region with a long history of migration and diverse beliefs. Across the centuries, Norfolk has been the home to many and varied faiths: Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Romans all came with their own belief systems. During the Roman period, Christians settled in this region; in the middle ages there were thriving Jewish communities; and, from the fifteenth century onwards there was a bewildering number of different branches of Christianity. Over the past two centuries a greater diversity has emerged. Norfolk's faiths now include those of Sikhs, Muslims, Pagans, Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons. Intriguingly, the low lying landscape of this region of Britain can be seen to have had a lasting impact upon the sacred sites of many of these varied faiths.

The Fry Chronicles

The Fry Chronicles

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2010

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.

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/09/2010

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.

The Liar

The Liar

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/08/2010

Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.

Moab Is My Washpot

Moab Is My Washpot

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/07/2010

Available now as an audiobook, Moab is My Washpot is in turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively listenable. Stephen Fry's bestselling memoir tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger. Fry writes with the wit to which we have become accustomed, but with shocking candour too. In an age of glossy celebrity autobiographies, this Stephen Fry audiobook sets the high standard to which others should aspire.

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 Unlocking the Poet Within

The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within

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

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.

The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within

The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/11/2005

'One of the many joys of being Stephen Fry's editor is his ability to surprise me,' says Sue Freestone. She knew he'd really done it this time when he revealed to her that he'd always had a secret passion for poetry and that his next project was a book about how to write poetry. His book will give everybody the tools to write poetry; covering the full spectrum of the different poetic forms, structures and techniques. According to Stephen it will make writing poetry fun, easy, satisfying, fulfilling and delightful. Here is a taste of Stephen's own efforts; Lesbian Sappho made this form With two beats to the final line Her sex life wasn't quite the norm And nor is mine.

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.

Making History

Making History

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2004

Michael Young is a brilliant young history student whose life is changed when he meets Leo Zuckerman, an ageing physicist with a theory that can change worlds. Together they realise that they have the power to alter history and eradicate a great evil. But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine and nothing - past, present or future - will ever be the same again. Making History is funny, moving, romantic and told with Stephen Fry's characteristic skill and brilliance.

Paperweight

Paperweight

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2004

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. Perfect to dip into but just as enjoyable to read cover to cover, this book, perhaps more than any other, shows the breadth of Fry's interests and the depth of his insight. He remains a hilarious writer on whatever topic he puts his mind to.

The Stars' Tennis Balls

The Stars' Tennis Balls

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2004

Ned Maddstone has the world at his feet. He is handsome, talented and about to go to Cambridge, after which he is expected to follow his father into politics. But an unfortunate confrontation with a boy in his school results in a prank that goes badly wrong and suddenly he's incarcerated - without chance of release. So begins a year long process of torment and hopelessness, which will destroy his very identity, until almost nothing remains of him but this unquenchable desire for revenge. Inspired by the Count of Monte Cristo, Fry's psychological thriller is written with the pace, wit and shrewd insight that we have come to expect from one of our finest novelists.

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2004

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.

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