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Watching War Films with My Dad by Al Murray
  

Watching War Films with My Dad

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Al Murray or “the Pub Landlord”, his alter ego, has written a book that serves as memoir and as an incursion into military history and tactics. Watching War Films with his Dad is a way to find out that to an expert war films are riddled with errors, the wrong tanks, insignia or aircraft, of how whole chunks of the real action can go astray. It is not far to stretch this eagle-eyed view to real events such as D-Day or North Africa after Al Murray’s early filmic introduction to war progresses via Airfix models to reading up on real events and doing a fair amount of following in the footsteps. Even though this could be said to be a “boy’s book” I thoroughly enjoyed it, Al Murray an excellent guide through the experience of war, both real and imagined.

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Watching War Films with My Dad by Al Murray

Al Murray's (AKA The Pub Landlord) musing on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began. Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can't help himself. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn't go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War. Part memoir, part life obsession, this is Al Murray musing on what he knows best. And he's sure to tell you things about history that you were never taught at school.

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Infectious and endearing.Paperback book of the month, Choice magazine


About the Author

Al Murray is one of the most successful and recognisable comedians in the UK and best known for his stand-up persona, The Pub Landlord. He has won the Perrier Award in 1999, the British Comedy Award for Al Murray's Happy Hour in 2007 and My Gaff, My Rules was short-listed for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002.

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Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

Al Murray

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Second World War
General & world history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Films, cinema

ISBN

9780099580348

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