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Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass- know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy- really together guy; frood- really amazingly together guy.) Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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Jem Roberts is the author of The Clue Bible (2009), The True History of the Black Adder (2013) and The Frood- The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2015). He has also written for the Independent, the Telegraph and Total Film, among others, and is a trustee of the Bath Comedy Festival.


Jem manages to write about popular cultural institutions with knowledge and affection * Stephen Fry *
Jem, you're very charming, it's a pleasure to go on about it * Barry Cryer *
Roberts's lively conversational prose never tries to ape Adams's own style, but tells the story of his life in an accessible, compelling flow... this is a thoroughly absorbing read. * SFX magazine *
Hitchhikers is one of the most amazing pieces of literature created in modern times... His biographer Jem Roberts puts it all into context * The Sun *
Roberts has done some meticulous work here and clearly cares for his subject'5* * Daily Sport *

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