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So, Anyway... The Autobiography by John Cleese
  

So, Anyway... The Autobiography

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The long-awaited autobiography from John Cleese, co-founder of Monty Python and star of Fawlty Towers. How John Marwood Cleese left Weston-super-Mare and conquered the world of comedy with many digressions along the way. ~ Sue Baker

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In hugely entertaining prose, Cleese recounts his early years, including a hilarious period spent teaching at his old prep school before going to Cambridge, where he became part of the famous Footlights, and managed to get a passable law degree. He was about to embark on a legal career, when he was offered a job as a trainee producer-writer in the BBC Radio Light Entertainment Department. He doesn’t dwell on many post-Monty Python projects and one ends the book feeling that there is a lot more to tell.
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So, Anyway... The Autobiography by John Cleese

Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese's thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.


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John Marwood Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare in 1939 and educated at Clifton College and at Cambridge. He achieved his first big success in the West End and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. He went on to co-found the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe, writing and performing in the first three TV series and in Monty Python films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. In the mid-1970s, John Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the now-classic sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Later, he wrote and co-starred in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He has appeared in many other films, from James Bond to Harry Potter to Shrek, and has guest-starred in TV shows that have included 3rd Rock from the Sun, Will & Grace and Entourage. He lives in London.

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Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

John Cleese

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www.thejohncleese.com/

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: arts & entertainment
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Television
Films, cinema
Performing arts: comedy

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9780099580089

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