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Publisher's Summary

a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose.

b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service.

c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring and self-destructive debaucheries: the unrepentant libertine author seeks revenge on his many enemies and tears the lid off the private life of blameless churchmen and librarians.

Fry`s autobiography is all and none of these. Too old to rock and roll, too young to die, the author looks back with bruising frankness at his life so far.

©1997 Stephen Fry (P)1997 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." ( Financial Times)
"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." ( Observer)

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  • Ms. D. G. Winer
  • 05-23-17

Stunning

Every single second of this, was glorious, the writing, the internation, the vocabulary, and the whole story was mesmerising.

Thank you for this fascinating work Stephen I look forward to the next instalment.

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  • May Brady
  • 05-01-17

A must hear of you're a fan of Stephen!

Really enjoyed hearing Stephen Fry so expertly narrate his childhood and teens, what a soothing voice and honest book.

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  • Mr Vaughan James
  • 04-14-17

Moab

This is another triumphant and beautifully written book by an equally brilliant man. Thoroughly enjoyable and my most favourite book so far. Stephen's way of the English language is both beautiful and captivating and draws you in to the book immediately and it's extremely hard to stop reading it in order to go to work etc. I'm not very good at explanations so all I can say is that this is A MUST READ book. Thank you Stephen and Audible!!!

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  • Bev
  • 03-18-17

Brutally honest

To say Stephen doesn't sugarcoat is a pretty mild description of his autobiography. I was gripped on what, to be frank I thought would be a book I could take or leave. However I found myself driving home the longer ways just to listen to more. Very honest,sad and funny the wit that I wish I had had at that age, even now really. My admiration has grown for this complicated man which I will continue to read through his other autobiographies. This is definitely a must read.

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  • philgrove
  • 02-27-17

stunningly frank

a roller coaster of comedy, emotion and most of all honesty. I've been a fan of Stephens work for many years but had little knowledge of his past. I am now up to date with it, and feel better for knowing.

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  • Dan Evans
  • 02-21-17

Stephen Fry is at his verbose and wonderful best

Loved this book. I am certainly looking forward to enjoying more from him. A fascinating chap

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  • MR R.
  • 02-07-17

Pretty good

It's interestingly written & performed with gusto. Stephen's vast vocabulary might put off some, but I can say his incredibly creative style of writing will keep you entertained. Refreshingly, he doesn't blow his load in this first book & sticks to the first 20 years of his life, going into the detail that one should when speaking about something as important as their own life.

Clearly a lot of effort was put into this & I fully appreciated it.

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  • Dr A Wilcock
  • 01-23-17

excellent; heartbreaking and inspiring all at once

Stephen Fry, telling his story with honesty and integrity. many ups and downs, infused with tender emotion.
well worth buying this audio book

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  • richie
  • 01-17-17

Fucking great

What a man! Loved every word he spoke! Nothing else to write but there's a minimum words you have to type in.

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  • Sam May
  • 01-17-17

Just buy it!

Seriously, you won't regret it! Gripping narrative and sublime vocal tones. I loved every moment.