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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?

Other books by Stephen Fry

Heroes

Heroes

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . *** Pre-order HEROES by Stephen Fry now *** ___________ 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. ___________ 'Ebullient and funny' The Times 'Entertaining and edifying' Daily Telegraph 'A rollicking good read' Independent 'Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm' Mail on Sunday 'The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy' Guardian

Heroes

Heroes

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

Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . *** Pre-order HEROES by Stephen Fry now *** __________ 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. ___________ 'Ebullient and funny' The Times 'Entertaining and edifying' Daily Telegraph 'A rollicking good read' Independent 'Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm' Mail on Sunday 'The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy' Guardian

Political Correctness Gone Mad?

Political Correctness Gone Mad?

Author: Stephen Fry, Jordan B. Peterson, Michael Eric Dyson, Michelle Goldberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

`Without free speech there is no true thought.' -Jordan Peterson `You're telling me I'm being sensitive, and students looking for safe spaces that they're being hypersensitive. If you're white, this country is one giant safe space.' -Michael Eric Dyson Is political correctness an enemy of free speech, open debate and the free exchange of ideas? Or is it a progressive force, eroding the dominant power relationships and social norms that exclude marginalised groups from society?

Heroes

Heroes

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

Penguin presents the CD edition of Heroes written and read by Stephen Fry. Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . *** Pre-order HEROES by Stephen Fry now *** __________ 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. ___________ 'Ebullient and funny' The Times 'Entertaining and edifying' Daily Telegraph 'A rollicking good read' Independent 'Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm' Mail on Sunday 'The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy' Guardian

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

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

The Greek Myths retold . . . ___________ No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds. Mythos captures these extraodinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance. ___________ 'Ebullient and funny' The Times 'Entertaining and edifying' Daily Telegraph 'A rollicking good read' Independent 'Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm' Mail on Sunday 'Fry takes us from Zeus to Athena with humour. The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy' Guardian

The Fry Chronicles Penguin Picks

The Fry Chronicles Penguin Picks

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

Spanning 1979-1987, The Fry Chronicles charts Stephen'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

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

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2017

'A cracking good story' The Times Literary Supplement The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Author: Stephen Fry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/10/2017

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 The Greek Myths Retold

Mythos The Greek Myths Retold

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2017

DISCOVER Stephen Fry's magnificent retelling of the greatest myths and legends ever told . . . '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

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2016

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 / softback 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: 11/07/2013

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 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.

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.

The Liar

The Liar

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

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. The Liar is a thrilling, sophisticated and laugh out loud hilarious novel from a brilliantly talented writer.

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.

Moab Is My Washpot

Moab Is My Washpot

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

Moab is My Washpot is in turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively readable. 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, Moab is My Washpot sets the high standard to which others should aspire.

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.

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.

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.

The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Author: Stephen Fry Format: Other audio format Release Date: 24/03/1994

'You can't expect an arse like me to tell a story competently. It's all I can bloody do to work this foul machine. I've counted up the words processed, a thing I do every hour and, if technology can be trusted, it looks as if you're in for 93, 682 of them. Good luck to you. You asked for it, you paid me for it, you've got to sit through it. ' So starts THE HIPPOPOTAMUS. A novel as surprising and entertaining as you would expect.

Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series

Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Current Puns Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags? Metaphor The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word 'metaphor'. Quotation The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here. Clich Featuring sick parrots and the clich crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.

Fry's English Delight - Cliches

Fry's English Delight - Cliches

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Featuring sick parrots and the clich crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.

Fry's English Delight - Call Me for a Quotation

Fry's English Delight - Call Me for a Quotation

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here.

Fry's English Delight - Current Puns

Fry's English Delight - Current Puns

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry hosts this programme on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2

Fry's English Delight - The Complete Series 2

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A second BBC Radio 4 series of Stephen Fry's witty and incisive programmes looking at the oddities of the English language. Includes four 30-minute Radio 4 programmes presented by Stephen Fry indulging his delight in the English language. So Wrong It's Right - Stephen Fry examines how 'wrong' English can become right English, such as more people use the word 'wireless' in a computer context than in a radio one. With help from a lexicographer, an educationalist a Times Sub Editor and a judge, Fry examines the way usage changes language. Speaking Proper - Stephen Fry looks at the changes in what we used to call 'elocution'. Hello - Stephen Fry offers a 'sweetie' in the form of an investigation into the planet's most universally understood word. The Joy of Gibberish - Stephen Fry investigates the phenomenon of gibberish - what it is, why we write and speak and sing it, and why we enjoy it so much. Words like awaopbopbaloobop awop bam bam and Bill and Ben's contemporary sounding catchphrase: blogalog. As heard on Radio 4 during in August 2009.

Fry's English Delight: Word Games

Fry's English Delight: Word Games

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Is English an innately playful language? Are word games good for you? Do we divide into number and word players? And could Scrabble have been invented in any other language? In this special programme, Stephen examines many word games, and we'll hear some familiar voices playing unfamiliar games - Sheila Dillon from 'The Food Programme' plays 'Font or Cheese' against miscellanist Ben Schott. Phill Juptitus talks about his personal word game habits, and we'll remember the late Humphrey Lyttelton's scurrilous account of Una Stubbs on 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'. We'll travel deep inside the mind of puzzle-setter Chris Maslanka and visit the Comedy Store in London to experience the lightning reflexes of some top word-athletes. Plus, we'll examine an extraordinary claim - that the fashion for increasingly cryptic crosswords helped to defeat Hitler. Stephen Fry celebrates the fun side of the English language in this exclusive extended edition of a BBC Radio 4 special.

Fry's English Delight - Series 3

Fry's English Delight - Series 3

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 'The Trial of Qwerty' The 'Qwerty' keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr Qwerty? 'He Said, She Said' Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can). 'Accentuate the Negative' We discover than 'no' can mean 'yes'. And why you should never mess with Mr In Between... 'Future Conditional' Stephen looks to the future with some predictions. Will robots be able to read novels? How much will our computers be able to understand us? Will English rule - or change? And then there's a question about a duck...

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 2: He Said She Said

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 2: He Said She Said

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can).

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 3: Accentuate the Negative

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 3: Accentuate the Negative

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

We discover than 'no' can mean 'yes'. And why you should never mess with Mr In Between...

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 1: The Trial of Qwerty

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

The 'Qwerty' keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr Qwerty?

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 4: Future Conditional

Fry's English Delight - Series 3 Episode 4: Future Conditional

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen looks to the future with some predictions. Will robots be able to read novels? How much will our computers be able to understand us? Will English rule -or change? And then there's a question about a duck...

Fry's English Delight: Series 4

Fry's English Delight: Series 4

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4. 'The Mouth': Why is the human food processor and word processor in the same unit? Stephen Fry takes you inside 'this hole we call cake' - the most important part of speech. 'Brevity': A celebration of the miniature in English. Tim Vine on the one liner, Kelvin MacKenzie on the beauty of headlines, the lost art of telegram writing and an English haiku. Good things come in small packages. 'Persuasion': Lawyers, advertisers, salespeople and market traders reflect on the way language can be used to change people's minds and behaviour. Is persuasive language capable of seduction? Peter Stringfellow has the answer. 'Class': Are we still 'bovvered' by the issue of class in the way we use language? Ian Macmillan takes a Yorkshire view of class and speech, and there's a word he still can't say. 'It's all great fun' - Guardian 'Stephen Fry's series on the English language is as stimulating as ever' - Observer

Stephen Fry on the Phone (Complete Series)

Stephen Fry on the Phone (Complete Series)

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry traces the evolution of the mobile phone, from hefty executive bricks that required a separate briefcase to carry the battery, to the smartphones available today. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people on the planet: Stephen Fry talks to the backroom boys who made it all possible and hears how the technology succeeded in ways that the geeks had not necessarily intended. For example, the engineers who designed the early texting facilities didn't imagine that anyone might want to reply. (Just in case, they added a short list of possible pre-set answers: yes, no and maybe). They also thought taxifones and fax machines for your car would be winners. In the early nineties, Nokia, then famous for toilet paper and rubber boots, was on the brink of collapse; until the new CEO made a bold decision to focus solely on mobile phones Thanks to Margaret Thatcher opening up the airwaves, Britain became a world leader in mobile phone technology. And today, 85% of the silicon chips inside all mobiles are designed by just one Cambridge-based company. Series produced by Anna Buckley.

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 1 - Creating a Network

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 1 - Creating a Network

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry meets the brains behind the mobile phone. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people on the planet: In this first episode, Stephen Fry explores the creation of the mobile phone network. Richard Frenkiel, a Bell Labs engineer, who created the cellular networks on which all mobile phones depend, was himself never particularly interested in having a cellphone. His wife bought him his first mobile, just three years ago. In the eighties Vodafone competed fiercely with the BT's mobile baby, Cellnet, to create the first mobile phone network in the UK. Thanks to Margaret Thatcher opening up the airwaves, Britain became a world leader in mobile phone technology. Produced by Anna Buckley.

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 2 - From Carphones to Executive Bricks

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 2 - From Carphones to Executive Bricks

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry meets the brains behind the mobile phone. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people on the planet: Stephen Fry talks to the backroom boys who made it all possible and hears how the technology succeeded, in ways that the geeks had not necessarily intended. In this second episode, he traces the evolution of the mobile phone, from 'taxifones' and fax machines in cars to hefty executive bricks that required a separate briefcase to carry the battery. Produced by Anna Buckley.

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 3 - The Accidental Discovery of Text

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 3 - The Accidental Discovery of Text

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry meets the brains behind the mobile phone. In this third episode, he looks at the discovery of text messaging. The engineers who designed the early texting facilities didn't imagine that anyone might want to reply. (Just in case, they added a short list of possible pre-set answers: yes, no and maybe). In the eighties, when network coverage really was patchy, voicemail was a way of charging people even more for a service that was already hugely expensive and basically rather poor. Before the invention of GSM, calling Estonia was the only way to pick up messages from another network. Texting triumphed when paging was all the rage, partly because paging services never seemed to work on Friday afternoon. Produced by Anna Buckley.

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 4 - Shrinking the Handset

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 4 - Shrinking the Handset

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry meets the brains behind the mobile phone. In this fourth episode, he traces the evolution of the mobile phone, from hefty executive bricks that required a separate briefcase to carry the battery, to the smartphones available today. In the early nineties, Nokia, then famous for loo paper and wellies, was on the brink of collapse; until the new CEO made a bold decision to focus solely on mobile phones. Nokia's iconic ringtone is a motif from a 19th symphony for classical guitar. Produced by Anna Buckley.

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 5 - The Chips that Make Smartphones Smart

Stephen Fry on the Phone: Episode 5 - The Chips that Make Smartphones Smart

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry meets the brains behind the mobile phone. Today, 85% of the silicon chips inside all mobile phones are designed by one Cambridge-based company, ARM. Two computer engineers needed some micro-processors but didn't like what they saw and decided to make their own. Strapped for cash, they designed chips that were small, cheap and exceptionally low power and, quite by chance, ideally suited to the next generation of pocket-sized mobile phones. Produced by Anna Buckley.

Stephen Fry Does the Knowledge

Stephen Fry Does the Knowledge

Author: Stephen Fry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Stephen Fry presents this intriguing programme charting the history of knowledge, how technology changes our relationship with it, and how we know what we knowKnowledge. The Google generation thinks it doesn't need to carry much of it around in its head any more. Much has already been written about the internet changing the way we think and learn. But is knowledge less valuable than it used to be?This absorbing programme explores the concept of 'knowledge', drawing on a variety of diverse sources: quiz games, psychology, education, news, trivia shows, satellite navigation and comedy. Featuring cab drivers, philosophers, memory champions and members of the Brains Trust, it looks at topics including cultural relativism, language learning and prodigious feats of memory. Plus, it attempts to answer such questions as: what constitutes useful knowledge in an era when we can find anything very quickly?; why has 'useless knowledge' gained in currency?; and, if Typhoo put the tea in Britain, should we take the piss out of epistemology?'Packed with interviews, debates and a feast of archive clips from the past three decades, this is an enlightening and entertaining overview of the world of knowledge, both general and specific.

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