So, Anyway… – John Cleese


John Cleese is the epitome of British humour at its best. In his book he tells the story of the earlier part of his life and career, his family, his school experiences and both the good and bad memories he has of both. He also shares how a visit from the BBC, when he was just days away from graduating from Cambridge and embarking on a career in law, abruptly changed his course in life, setting him on a more thespian path. It wasn’t long before he was scriptwriting for David Frost and Peter Sellers. This led to the creation of the iconic band known as Monty Python. He describes his relationship with Connie Booth, with whom he starred, in the timeless Fawlty Towers. He reveals the heady London of the sixties and seventies, and digresses to a consideration of the nature of comedy, and what exactly makes us laugh.

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Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter’s Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese’s thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.


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