Clips from a Life

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Fourth Estate, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Told in momentary snapshots by the master British comedian himself, this is the extraordinary life story of comic legend Denis Norden. Containing reminiscences of a career stretching back to the golden age of the radio, through the heyday of cinema, and the early pioneering days of television comedy, Denis Norden's creative genius is showcased at its very best. Told with Denis' hallmark flashes of brilliant humor and sharp observation, the extraordinary life of this enduring humorist is unraveled through his private recollections of the ways things used to be, back then. Denis' school-day musings, dry witticisms, and old-time sayings unearthed from days gone by, combined with remembrances of collaborations with famous figures of the day, from Eric Sykes to Bill Fraser, will sweep you back instantaneously to the magical gags, lively characters, and laughter of the past. Flitting between Denis' East End childhood and early career in Variety as a cinema manager for the Hyams Brothers, to his post-war work as a scriptwriter on the groundbreaking radio shows Take It From Here and In All Directions, to the phenomenally successful television comedy Whack-O!, (all written with long-term collaborator Frank Muir), to his years as a solo writer, performer, and presenter on programs such as the much-loved It'll Be Alright on the Night, it is easy to see how Denis' comic appeal has endured for decades, to make him one of the greatest British writers and performers to date. Brimming with Denis' unique wit and personal warmth, this is a rich and compelling mix of anecdote and autobiography from a very special entertainer.

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User Review  - Richard Thomas - Goodreads

A fine light book which the author's fast wit and easy style make it both easy to read and a pleasure to do so. Read full review

About the author (2008)

With his signature clipboard tucked under his arm, Denis Norden is one of Britain's best-loved and most enduring entertainers. In a career that stretches back to the golden age of radio, and the pioneering years of television comedy, he has worked alongside such greats as Eric Sykes, Spike Milligan and Peter Ustinov and has co-written and presented numerous successful radio and television shows. The much-loved It'll Be Alright on the Night ran for over 29 years, earning Denis a place in The Guinness Book of Records. He was awarded a CBE in 1980 and a Lifetime Achievement award in 1999 by the Writers Guild of Great Britain for his services to comedy and entertainment.

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