The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography (Hardcover)
Nine times out of 10, I would say that it helps to be familiar with the subject of an (auto)biography prior to diving into someone's life story -- especially if the person in question is a celebrity of some sort. If you don't know or care about what makes them celebrated, then what's the point? Occasionally, however, there's a bio or memoir that is simply so good as a book, it transcends its subject's relative fame. Enter: The Fry Chronicles. Whether or not you are familiar with the delightful English writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry -- and if not, allow me to indignantly sputter, why not? -- you will find yourself irrepressibly charmed by this account of his college years and the early part of his career. Fry's Cambridge of the late '70s and early '80s is a place of hilarity, embarrassment, learning, shockingly unacademic behavior, self-doubt, self-discovery, and life-long friendships -- highly relatable stuff, if you except the fact that Fry's college BFFs, Hugh and Emma, just happen to be Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson. The Fry Chronicles reads like an amusing, poignant, enjoyably digressive, and wonderfully, wonderfully English academic novel -- like a David Lodge book with more surprise celebrity cameos. Fry is everything you could hope for in a narrator: genial, warm, self-deprecating -- in every way, the consummate storyteller. -- Anna Kaufman— From February 2012
About the Author
STEPHEN FRY is an actor, producer, director, and writer who has starred in numerous TV series including "Blackadder, Jeeves & Wooster," the sketch show "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (with "House" star Hugh Laurie). He is the bestselling author of four novels as well as several works of nonfiction.