The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography by Stephen Fry

By Stephen Fry

13 years in the past, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry's autobiography of his early years, was once released to rave reports and was once a tremendous bestseller. In these 13 years in view that, Stephen Fry has moved right into a thoroughly new stratosphere, either as a public determine, and a personal guy. Now he isn't only a multi-award-winning comic and actor, but additionally an writer, director and presenter. In January 2010, he used to be offered the unique reputation Award on the nationwide tv Awards. a lot enjoyed by way of the general public and his friends, Stephen Fry is among the so much influential cultural forces within the kingdom. This brilliant memoir can provide to be a courageously frank, sincere and poignant learn. it's going to element one of the most turbulent and least popular years of his lifestyles with writing that might excite you, make you chuckle uproariously, movement you, let you know and, peculiarly, shock you.

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There he was again, filling the wardrobe mirror, a comically overweight middle-aged man, as grotesquely obese as anyone I had seen since I had filmed in the American midwest the year before. I inspected the bulk of this disgusting mountain of blubber from tip to toe and began to weep. I had spent the last quarter-century seeing myself on large and small screens and photographed in newspapers and had never been under any illusions concerning my physical appearance. But for some reason on that evening in that room I saw myself as I was.

He remembered the incident with absolute clarity. 'I say these things,' were, he maintains, my exact words. Regularly caned, always in trouble, never stable, never settled in or secure, I left prep school a sugar addict, thief, fantasist and liar. The pattern continued at my next school, Uppingham in Rutland. More stealing, more sweets. By this time the sheer quantity of sugary food I had gorged upon was beginning to take a real and painful physical toll. Not in the waistline, for I was as skinny as a pencil, but in the mouth.

Dominic Clarke, the hero, if such a title can used of so warped a character, delivers a speech in the second act in which he describes and conflates his first sexual and smoking experience. One of those painful steps towards manhood was my first smoke. It was behind the fives courts of my house at school, with a boy called Prestwick-Agutter. I can remember it as if it were five minutes ago. Prestwick-Agutter opened his packet of Carlton Premium and drew out a short, thin ... cigarette. As my lips rounded about the tip I began to feel panic.

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