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The Frood The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Jem Roberts

The Frood The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Biography / Autobiography   

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A fresh look at the life and work of Douglas Adams, with the help of friends, family and colleagues, J L Roberts reveals not only the man but his influence on fiction, science and conservation.

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The Frood The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Jem Roberts

As a wise ape once observed, space is big - vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly so. However, if you look too closely at space, it becomes nothing but lumps of rock and sundry gases. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back, and let a few billion years go by, before any of the true wonder and scope of the cosmos becomes apparent. Similarly, the late 20th century author, humorist and thinker Douglas Adams was big - vastly, hugely and thoroughly mind-bogglingly so, both in physical terms, and as a writer who has touched millions of readers, firing up millions of cerebellums all over planet Earth, for over 35 years - and for nearly half of that time, he hasn't even been alive. It would be ridiculous to pretend that Douglas Adams' life and work has gone unexamined since his dismayingly early death at 49 but throughout the decade since the last book to tackle the subject, the universes Adams created have continued to develop, to beguile and expand minds, and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come. An all-new approach to the most celebrated creation of Douglas Adams is therefore most welcome, and The Frood tells the story of Adams' explosive but agonizingly constructed fictional universe, from his initial inspirations to the posthumous sequel(s) and adaptations, bringing together a thousand tales of life as part of the British Comedy movements of the late 70s and 80s along the way. With the benefit of hindsight and much time passed, friends and colleagues have been interviewed for a fresh take on the man and his works.


'Jem manages to write about popular cultural institutions with knowledge and affection. Stephen Fry Jem, you're very charming, it's a pleasure to go on about it'

- Barry Cryer

About the Author

Jem Roberts is a lifelong fan of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He lives in Bath, where he runs the comedy sketch troupe The Unrelated Family, and plays the ukulele very badly.

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30th November 1999


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