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The autobiography of a comedy giant.

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.

Reviews

Vivid, ridiculously entertaining, and, at times, explosively funny... Cleese is a master of crisp comic prose: his elegant syntax and sudden absurdities would have PG Wodehouse raising a martini glass. So, Anyway... glows with fairness, kindness, gentleness and loyalty.

Nicholas Barber, Sunday Express

Told with considerable charm and a refreshing amount of candour, the story is one of a vulnerable soul gradually finding a degree of security from behind a carapace of cutting wit... Remarkably warm and generous.

Graham McCann, Times Literary Supplement

John Cleese’s memoir is just about everything one would expect of its author – smart, thoughtful, provocative and above all funny… A picture, if you will, of the artist as a young man.

Washington Post

So, Anyway… breaks away from the shallow conventions of the famous person's autobiography... The result is a book that is frequently hilarious, occasionally lyrical and always thoughtful. It is a fine and funny achievement.

Herald

Like having a long lunch with an amiable, slightly loony uncle. Who also happens to be John Cleese.

Michael Ian Black, New York Times

Left me wiping away tears.

Helen Brown, Sunday Telegraph

This is required reading for his fans.

Lady

[Cleese's] unrelenting charm and crisp wit make this the hilarious memoir fans expected. The book might as well be coated in glue, as it proves tricky to put down.

UK Press Syndication

An upfront and hilarious account of the comedy legend's early years.

Choice Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099580089

    July 1, 2015

    Arrow

    432 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Hardback

    9781847946966

    October 15, 2014

    Random House Books

    416 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • Audio Book

    9781846574153

    November 15, 2016

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  • EBook

    9781448149728

    October 9, 2014

    Cornerstone Digital

    432 pages

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