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Harry Thompson was the inventor and editor of many TV comedy series including Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He was the author of acclaimed bestsellers, including Peter Cook: A Biography. His most recent book was a historical novel, This Thing of Darkness. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time ran an infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. He died in November 2005.
A very funny book about an amateur cricket team, the Captain Scott Invitiation XI, formed by a group of Oxford undergraduates in the 1980’s. Harry Thompson was one of the founder members and went on to forge a career as a TV comedy producer, best known for co-creating Have I Got News for You and They Think It’s All Over. Sadly diagnosed with lung cancer he died just after completing this book.The book follows the team as they embark on a mission to play cricket on each continent of the world. Lots of funny anecdotes about matches, opponents & nights out for the team told in a fluid light hearted manner. An enjoyable yarn of sporting incompetence.
A tremendous biography that really captures the humour of its much loved subject â€“ some parts are laugh-aloud gems â€¦ and then comes the sadness â€“ the slow decline. It is a sympathetic portrait with little criticism and lots of love. A great read.
A nice fat, satisfying, historical novel, telling of Captain Fitzroy’s voyages to the south with Charles Darwin, and their tempestuous friendship. It draws on logs and journals of the voyages to weave an enlightening tale of one of history’s great journeys. Strong characters, vivid descriptions and a fascinating story superbly told, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly this will be his only book as he tragically died at the end of last year of lung cancer although never a smoker. Comparison: Neal Stephenson, Alistair Macleod.Similar this month: None but try George MacDonald Fraser.
We are very sorry but we have yet to review this book ourselves. However, as it has been selected for the Man Booker 2005 long list, we wanted to give you the opportunity to download an extract and let you make up your own mind. Please watch this space for our view of this potential prize winner.
Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the scenic route in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry's past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful, The PDA Paradox will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future.
The little black-and-white cartoon figure of Tintin first appeared in Belgium in 1929 in a Catholic newspaper where his creator, Herge, worked. Harry Thompson looks at the story of Herge, of Tintin and his origins, and beyond to when President de Gaulle could call Tintin 'his only rival'.
It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except - hold on a minute - that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels' wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.