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The Comedy Man

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D.J. Taylor introduces the reader to comedy duo Ted King and Arthur Upward, who were for a brief period in the late 1970s, the best-loved comedians on British television. Ten million people watched the Upward & King Show every week and they rubbed shoulders with the stars for a few years - until the TV company pulled the plug. Twenty years later and prompted by a ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Duckbacks (first published July 2002)
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Sep 02, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it
In the form of a memoir, Ted King reflects on his life from boyhood in Great Yarmouth to fame as the straight man in the comedy duo Upward and King. Now retired, and with time to look back, he tells of his meeting with the charismatic Arthur Upward and how his life changed dramatically when he was invited to join him on stage. I found this a really compelling read, in spite of the fact that Ted comes over as a rather passive character, and I particularly enjoyed his account of his time at home ...more
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I have divided opinions about this book. D J Taylor is wonderful at capturing a particular time and place - specifically in this instance (in the first half or so of the book) post-war Norfolk. The sense of isolation, the play of light and weather over the flat land, the narrow horizons of the people, are all brilliantly evoked. I'm not quite so convinced by the plot or the main characters. Their relationship feels insufficiently drawn for me to really care about them, and the world in which the ...more
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David John Taylor (born 1960) is a critic, novelist and biographer. After attending school in Norwich, he read Modern History at St John's College, Oxford, and has received the 2003 Whitbread Biography Award for his life of George Orwell.

He lives in Norwich and contributes to The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman and The Spectator among other publications.

He is married
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