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3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
This highly controversial and compelling biography of George Formby presents a very different Formby from the one known to his many fans. His life was fiercely dominated by his wife Beryl, a woman who was single-handedly responsible for his tremendous success as Britain's greatest male entertainer. Bret explores George and Beryl's public and private lives and the results ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Robson Books (first published March 1999)
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Alex Davies
Sep 19, 2013 Alex Davies rated it really liked it
I haven't found much to like about David Bret's books but his biography on comedian George Formby is an exception.
The author has woven together a moving, somewhat tragic but always interesting portrait about one of the most famous entertainers in Britain, who became one of the biggest film stars in history after much failure and false starts, until he met the woman who turned out to be both the best and worst thing to happen to him. Who could have guessed that this beloved showman used his publ
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Chris Wood
Jun 24, 2011 Chris Wood rated it it was ok
It would be difficult to write a detailed, personal account of George Formby's life; especially so since those who knew him personally have long since passed away.

Given this difficulty, Bret should be applauded for his efforts, however the resulting book is thin on detail, relying a chronological account of appearances and recordings together with summaries of film plots.

There is absolutely no doubting George Formby's immense talent and success, however.
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David Bret is a French-born British author of showbiz biographies. He chiefly writes on the private life of film stars and singers.
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