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Through It All I've Always Laughed: Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong | [Arthur Strong]

Through It All I've Always Laughed: Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong

Count Arthur Strong reads the story of his extraordinary journey from his humble early years as the only son of a contortionist in wartime Doncaster to the dizzy heights and excesses of fame as one of the shining lights of popular entertainment. Count Arthur Strong is a show business legend, after-dinner speaker and a leading authority on Ancient Egypt, having been stationed there during his nation service. He has countless friends in the showbiz world.
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Count Arthur Strong reads the story of his extraordinary journey from his humble early years as the only son of a contortionist in wartime Doncaster to the dizzy heights and excesses of fame as one of the shining lights of popular entertainment.

Count Arthur Strong is a show business legend, after-dinner speaker and a leading authority on Ancient Egypt, having been stationed there during his nation service. He has countless friends in the showbiz world. People like Barry Cryer, the white haired one with glasses off I'm Sorry I Haven't Got A Clue and Jokers Wild.

This is his first volume, of what he believes may be a six volume collection, of his memoirs. He has a few select dates still available for anything (except window cleaning) and is represented, (if you can call it that) by Richard Daws at Komedia Entertainment.

(Or if you want to go directly through me and pay cash, I can do that as well.) (In fact I prefer that.) Thank you.

©2013 Delaney & Son Ltd. (P)2013 Faber & Faber Ltd.

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  • David
    Buckley, United Kingdom
    2/13/14
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    "The Untied Kingdoms very own Dane Enda Everette"
    Where does Through It All I've Always Laughed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is by far the moist amusing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Through It All I've Always Laughed?

    I have to admit that I did have tear in my ear listening to when he was being born in the same bed as his mother.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When he woke to find the war had ended.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Through it all I have always lived and now you can live, re-live it too with me on your own, through my voice....well you know what I mean...you want to make something of it?


    Any additional comments?

    Star of Stage, BBC Radio and with a hit BBC T.V Series in his portfolio Count Arthur Strong is in my humble opinion the most refreshing and witty personalty to claim his niche in the British comedy scene. He is not in anyway a 'fly by night' he has trod the boards and honed his craft over many years. In the finest tradition of northern comics he effortlessly combines the captivating story telling ability of Al Read with the delightful wordplay of Les Dawson and throughout serves up a Dickensian banquet of Malapropisms.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    4/16/14
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    "OK, but lacking sparkle"

    When I first listened to the Count Arthur Strong radio show, I thought it was one of the most creative and original radio shows that I had heard for many years. I still think this is true, but this audio book has demonstrated two things. Firstly, that CAS needs some straight men to act as foils and secondly that it is very difficult to keep up a comedic narrative for four hours. So, if you like his radio show, then there will be nuggets of comedy here that will put a smile on your face, but you may also find it rather patchy. With the addition of some straight actors as stooges, this book could probably be edited into two, or three, very good half hour radio shows.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allison
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    3/7/14
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    "Through It All I Laughed Outloud!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're already a Count Arthur fan then the chances are you'll know a lot of the material in this book which is a collection of classic moments from the Count's life, reworked in places, and strung together with some new material. It is in the style of the Radio Count Arthur, rather than the TV Count Arthur.

    As a long-term fan myself I couldn't help but love this which was, in effect, a feature-length version of his radio show but with additional characters being described by the Count rather than appearing directly. I have the physical book too but to hear this being performed in the Count's own voice takes it to that extra level. Despite knowing a lot of the ramblings.....I mean anecdotes, I very much enjoyed this and wished it was longer - it brightened up my daily commute to work with many laugh aloud moments.

    If you're not familiar with Count Arthur Strong, or have only seen the TV series then this is well worth a listen but be warned this is a deliberately bumbled and farcical biography of an aging "bit-part" actor with delusions of grandeur and won't be to everyone's taste - I advise you to listen to the sample first. If you like comic characters such as John Shuttleworth then this might very well be right up your street.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    3/19/14
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    "Character driven comedy at its best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Through It All I've Always Laughed to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is better than the print version as Count Arthur has such a distinctive voice and turn of phrase.


    What other book might you compare Through It All I've Always Laughed to, and why?

    I would compare this to the best of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series in its humour. Although one is set on a fictional planet and the other is rooted firmly in the shallow end of Britains post war celebrity circuit, they perfectly evoke what it must be like for the befuddled heroes.


    What about Arthur Strong’s performance did you like?

    Count Arthur should read more audio books. Celebrity biographies where he could add his personal memories of the subject would be perfect.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sod it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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