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Peter Cook : A Biography by Harry Thompson

Peter Cook : A Biography

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A tremendous biography that really captures the humour of its much loved subject – some parts are laugh-aloud gems … and then comes the sadness – the slow decline. It is a sympathetic portrait with little criticism and lots of love. A great read.

If you like Harry Thompson you might also like to read books by Barry Unsworth, Neal Stephenson and Alistair Macleod.

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Peter Cook : A Biography by Harry Thompson

'There are those who say – and Peter Cook himself was among them – that most of his humour was autobiographical. Others – and Peter Cook himself was among them -contend that this simply isn`t the case. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in the middle.'

Peter Cook made President Kennedy wait in line to see him and visited Elizabeth Taylor in her dressing room. He befriended tramps and fundraised for CND. He was capable of extraordinary kindnesses and occasional cruelties. He helped define comedy and satire for a generation, but ended his life a recluse. Harry Thompson has produced the first ever comprehensive biography of this influential and fascinating subject who came up with some of the funniest sketches and greatest jokes of all time.


'Absolutely gripping' - Daily Telegraph

'The portrait that emerges of Peter Cook himself is totally beguiling...This book is more than a biography, it is a great work of social history' - Spectator

'[A] definitive heartbreaking as it is entertaining' Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Harry Thompson

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.

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28th December 2006


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Hodder & Stoughton General Division


528 pages


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