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Moab Is My Washpot

By Stephen Fry

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 20 July 2004
Moab is My Washpot is in turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively readable. Stephen Fry's bestselling memoir tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger. i> ry writes with the wit to which we have become accustomed, but with shocking candour too. In an age of glossy celebrity autobiographies, Moab is My Washpot sets the high standard to which others should aspire.

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The original bestselling autobiography by the comedian, novelist and national treasure, Stephen Fry.

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The original bestselling autobiography by the comedian, novelist and national treasure, Stephen Fry.


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Stephen Fry was born in Hampstead in 1957 and, following a troubled adolescence, went on to study English Literature at Queen's College, Cambridge. As well as being the bestselling author of four novels, The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar, and two volumes of his autobiography, Fry played Peter in Peter's Friends, Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the television series Jeeves & Wooster and (a closely guarded show-business secret, this) Laurie in the television series Fry & Laurie. More recently, he presented Stephen Fry- The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. And his legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.


"One of the most poignant, funny, intelligent, frank and horribly addictive books you're likely to read all year" * Sunday Telegraph * "Stephen Fry is one of the great originals... This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion... That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." * Financial Times * "A remarkable, perhaps even unique, exercise in autobiography... that aroma of authenticity that is the point of all great autobiographies; of which this, I rather think, is one." * Evening Standard * "He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood... some of his bursts of simile take the breath away... his most satisfying and appealing book so far." * Observer * "This is one of the most extraordinary and affecting biographies I have read... Stephen is... painfully honest when trying to grapple with his ever-present demons, and often, as you might expect, very funny... I hope to goodness there'll be a sequel. I can't wait for more." * Daily Mail *

EAN: 9780099457046
ISBN: 0099457040
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.8 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Joel Gilmore on
This is a frank, in some cases brutally and graphically frank, account of Stephen Fry's life up until his entrance to Cambridge University.

It gives rich insights into many aspects of what is in some ways an extraordinary life, including his relationship with his father, his kleptomania, his homosexuality and relationships to women, school and homelife, loneliness, drugs and some ways it is quite a gloomy book; at the same time it is immensely enriching.

The actual writing is mostly of a high standard for an autobiography, as one would expect for a MENSA member with a Cambridge Arts degree. However, in some places it is rambly and has a zoned-out, drug-addled feel. In fact one or two chapters near the end seem to be basically a series of lists tied together with loosely relevant ideas, and one wonders exactly what was going on in his mind at those points.

This said, Moab is a mostly engaging and wittily written glimpse into Fry's life which will make you examine your own. You may disagree with much of what he says, but he is worth hearing out. Entertaining, nostalgic, and thought-provoking. There is much more to Fry than the man who plays Melchett.
Lyn Uthe on
Excellent page turner. Funny, worrysome, infuriating and in awe of Stephen's intelligence, imagination, and expression in all areas. Every life has glitches, but with such a brilliant mind, boredom expresses intself in negative forms.
Brilliant read. He is a treasure and pleasure to read.

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