More Fool Me

Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me. ‘Oh dear I am an arse. I expect there’ll be what I believe is called an “intervention” soon.

I keep picturing it. All my friends bearing down on me and me denying everything until my pockets are emptied. Oh the shame.’ In his early thirties, Stephen Fry – writer, comedian, star of stage and screen – had, as they say, ‘made it’.

Much loved in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, author of a critically acclaimed and bestselling first novel, The Liar, with a glamorous and glittering cast of friends, he had more work than was perhaps good for him. What could possibly go wrong? Then, as the 80s drew to a close, he discovered a most enjoyable way to burn the candle at both ends, and took to excess like a duck to breadcrumbs. Writing and recording by day, and haunting a never ending series of celebrity parties, drinking dens, and poker games by night, in a ludicrous and impressive act of bravado, he fooled all those except the very closest to him, some of whom were most enjoyably engaged in the same dance.

He was – to all intents and purposes – a high functioning addict. Blazing brightly and partying wildly as the 80s turned to the 90s, AIDS became an epidemic and politics turned really nasty, he was so busy, so distracted by the high life, that he could hardly see the inevitable, headlong tumble that must surely follow…Containing raw, electric extracts from his diaries of the time, More Fool Me is a brilliant, eloquent account by a man driven to create and to entertain – revealing a side to him he has long kept hidden. Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director.

He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. He also presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.

Under Milk Wood

Wonderful collection of the Peter Blake images that go with his obsession with Under Milk Wood. A terrific terrific book for all Thomas lovers

Love Insurance

Take a risk on love in this zany romantic comedy that will charm you from the very first page! Working for an American branch of Lloyds’ insurers, Owen Jephson is used to underwriting unusual things – weight loss in actors, inconvenient rain at garden parties, twins in the family – nonetheless he is taken aback when Lord Harrowby asks him to insure against his fiancee jilting him at the altar. Never one to turn down an interesting offer, Jephson agrees but swiftly dispatches Dick Minot to Florida to make sure that Lloyds’ assets are protected and that Cynthia Meyrick makes it down the aisle. Unfortunately Minot promptly falls in love with Cynthia after accidentally meeting her on a train, and has to decide where his loyalties lie – should he sabotage or support the wedding, especially as it comes to light Lord Harrowby may not be all that he seems – ? From then on, things go rapidly downhill as expensive necklaces go missing, long-lost brothers rear their heads and it is touch and go whether Lord Harrowby and Cynthia will eventually be joined in marriage or not -

The Country Set : A Celebration of Britain’s Best-Loved Wildlife

This beautiful little giftbook features 50 British birds and animals painted by Hannah Dale in her uniquely quirky, characterful style. From the red deer to the harvest mouse, from the sparrow to the barn owl, the nation’s favourite creatures are delightfully brought to life by this award-winning artist. Smaller pictures include their tracks and feathers, to help you identify when they’ve been near.

There’s also an insightful and entertaining text accompanying each portrait.

The Moment Collector

The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig. There’s a ghost haunting 208 Water Street.

She doesn’t know who she was, or why she’s still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends – beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her. But the ghost isn’t all that’s lurking in Gill Creek…Someone is killing young girls all across the county.

Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose? A hauntingly beautiful mystery for fans of The Lovely Bones.

 

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