An ironic review first - this book was full of spelling errors, poor punctuation and other such grammatical errors - in fact it was littered with themAn ironic review first - this book was full of spelling errors, poor punctuation and other such grammatical errors - in fact it was littered with them throughout the book. As well as this, there were numerous examples of the author giving us an unwanted insight into his actual writing process, ie times when Caps Lock got stuck and he was calling for more tippex again, as well as lots of examples of him getting his words mixed up all the time. Whoever proof-read this before it was published needs to brush up on their skills.
Now for the real review - all of the above are the idiosyncrasies we love about this invented character and are what make him so funny on stage, screen or radio. If you've seen (or heard) his show then you'll know exactly what to expect from Count Arthur Strong and this book has it in spades. A thoroughly good read with an accurate title - as through it all, I was always laughing or chortling away.
For anyone who is new to the character, he is a (fictional) self-proclaimed "legend in his own lunchtime" who is constantly harking back to his glory days as a star of stage and screen. He's somebody who is his own biggest fan, but in his own deluded way, he thinks everyone else is as well. He's full of his own self-importance and pomposity. His constant ability to get in a muddle is the source of numerous misadventures which he blunders through, thinking everyone else is in the wrong. He's the sort of person who would drive the wrong way down a one-way street and then complain about all the other idiots who were driving the wrong way.
The humour is very British in a way and might not appeal to everyone, and he's a bit like Marmite (another British thing) - you either love him or hate him. If you're one of the former, you'll enjoy this book....more
A good collection of anecdotes and tales from Roger Moore. Although a lot of the stories involve him, some are ones that he has heard from friends etcA good collection of anecdotes and tales from Roger Moore. Although a lot of the stories involve him, some are ones that he has heard from friends etc. As he says at the start of the book, he wants to get these all down on paper as he is the last of a dying breed and most of the stars he writes about are sadly no longer with us (which could mean they're not around to dispute his version of events). This would probably have more resonance with an older generation than myself ie those who remember hearing some of the gossip and stories about these people in their heyday rather than me who only knows about these people from what has been written before. Although, I guess there aren't too many around who can recall all of the stars mentioned in this book. One could say that Roger is a terrible name-dropper... but then what more would you expect from a book featuring tales from Tinseltown and the Hollywood stars of days gone by. On the whole this was an easy read - pretty varied collection of stars and stories and always something amusing and entertaining to read about....more
The continuing tales of Street Cat Bob and his "owner" James Bowen. This follows on from where the last book left off and tells the story up to 2013 wThe continuing tales of Street Cat Bob and his "owner" James Bowen. This follows on from where the last book left off and tells the story up to 2013 when the first book was published and James acquired more financial stability as a result of that. If you've read the first book, you'll know what to expect from this one and it is simply more of the same.. tales of daily life in London for James and Bob. Anyone who owns a cat will appreciate the bond between humans and cats and there seems to be an especially strong one between James and Bob. ...more
A good read for fans of Strictly Come Dancing with backstage gossip from the last 3 or 4 years prior to 2013. Also gives an insight into what Craig geA good read for fans of Strictly Come Dancing with backstage gossip from the last 3 or 4 years prior to 2013. Also gives an insight into what Craig gets up to between TV shows....more