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  • By Ted Bawno on 26 February 2015

    Far superior to its predecessor "More Please", this second autobiography by dada mastermind John Barry Humphries has witty prose on every page. This so called sequel has a fantastic rhythm where volume one was a rather dull antiquated affair I can tell by experience. Here, the reader gets pulled into Humphries' gentleman of leisure lifestyle with tongue firmly in cheek. A particularly brilliant chapter where the author describes his struggle with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs department due to a malignant manager is among the funniest stuff I ever read. The vocabulary is extensive, borderline pompous, but always serving a purpose - Mr Humphries seems rather pleased with himself but the reader gets a vivacious memoir in return. Buy on sight.

  • By JS Whitmore on 5 March 2017

    104 pages in and the author is only just starting to experience the onset of puberty - rather slow and a little dull so far. Like other great comedians Mr Humphries struggles to write about himself in a interesting way...Wait a minute.. Within pages of posting the above review the author starts to focus on his career and everything changes. The book picks up pace and the writing more animated and interesting.Original rating upgraded from two to four stars

  • By savagegardener on 17 April 2017

    I bought this memoir as I'm a fan of comedy and have watched Humphries on TV many times of course. However, the book has opened my eyes,as it gives one just enough of the 'flavour' of the man behind his hideous characters,to leave a very nasty taste in the mouth. It's surprising he hasn't ended up sharing a cell with another Australian painter and performer of his generation. The book was generally too long and he tries to be too clever with the dictionary for a start. Let's just hope he really has disappeared from our stages and TV screens for good, along with any other homophobic dinosaurs who may still be doing the rounds.

  • By Mr. Adrian R. Fry on 13 January 2003

    Barry Humphries here combines his artists eye for telling detail with a gift for fastidiously witty prose to produce a book of memoirs several cuts above average. Many themes from his earlier autobiographical volume 'More Please' are revisited, particularly the stiffling suburban Melbourne of his boyhood and the heady decade of boozy theatrical adventures in the London of the 1960s. What makes Humphries so much more interesting than his fellow comedians is the contradiction between his private personality - he is an obsessive collector and wilfully obscurantist extoller of fin de siecle art and literature - and his public performances. From his Dada days to the Dame Edna shows of the present, there is always a whiff of sulphur about the work of Barry Humphries, as if he were somehow visiting vengence on the world in which he grew up. With its wealth of deftly told anecdotes, pithy pen portraits and faint undertow of melancholy, this is a book I would recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in Humphries or his work.

  • By mrcambridge on 24 January 2005

    A gentle memoir of this hugely intelligent star, whom most people will recognise as Dame Edna or maybe the more grotesque Sir Les Patterson! But if you don't know his other work, then you will find this book even more eye-opening.Fascinating, eloquant and recommended.

  • By Rosie on 14 January 2011

    Well worth reading and re-reading.Cleverly written with lots of wit and a lot of names dropped.At the same time quite touching ways of looking back over his life, an unsual mixture,right to the last page.

  • By M. Richardson on 30 August 2014

    Really enjoyed reading this book. Barry Humphries is a very talented chap.

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