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Fry enjoys a recent book-signing frenzy


From his birth in 1957 to his arrival at Queens’ College, Cambridge, 20 years later, Stephen Fry has enjoyed brushes with authority and being the centre of attention in almost equal measure.

From an education including – but not limited to – Stouts Hill prep, Uppingham School, The Paston School, Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, Pucklechurch Prison, Norwich City College and Queens’ College, Cambridge, Stephen Fry has honed his skills as a consummate performer, both on and off stage.

Halcyon Days

At Cambridge he met Hugh Laurie, so beginning an enduring creative partnership. He also trod the boards with the likes of Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery in the Footlights, performing in over 30 plays and even finding time to write his own – “Latin!” – which toured the country and won an award.

Pleasingly for an actor, critical acclaim was followed by popular appeal with the move to television. Memorable outings for the Fry comic juggernaut included Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Add to this a few big screen outings such as Wilde, Gosford Park, Peter’s Friends and (errm) Spiceworld and you’ve got the makings of a well rounded career.

Hitting the shelves

“The Liar” fired the first fusillade as an original novelist. Followed by “Paperweight”, “The Hippopotamus” and “Making History”, Stephen’s autobiography “Moab is My Washpot” hit the shelves in 1997, the same year as what many people assumed to be his quasi-autobiography, “Wilde”. His latest work “The Stars’ Tennis Balls” was published in 2000. Stephen’s next book “A Peruvian Diary”, detailing his endeavours to save the ‘spectacled bear’ from extinction, is due for launch in October of this year.

A resumé that every day grows into Stephen’s angst-ridden statement made at the age of 17: “My whole life stretched out gloriously behind me.”

6 comments on “Vital Statistics”

  1. Aurora says:

    I live in Italy, and unfortunately your books here are almost “unknown”,I’d like to know where I can buy them ..
    p.s. I don’t have credit cards.
    Thank you!!!

  2. annafdd says:

    Hi Aurora, as far as I know only The Liar is available (I bought if for my mum). You’ll have to read them in English, I’m afraid… Feltrinelli International should have them, or at least be able to get them for you.

  3. Moa says:

    Thank you for your words and works Stephen.
    Being a misfit I have found you to be somewhat a kindred spirit especially so after watching the series you made and broadcast on Bipolar, it made me feel not so alone. There are stars such as yourself who report they have Bipolar (or have the maddness as I say on the odd occasion to reclaim the language) but you have shared this in a personal way and reached out to other Bipolar folk in a caring way. I have been fearing I have lost the plot and worse others have well noticed but since I have come to this site I have found some peace, thank you.
    Moa wench

    ps As a New Zealander although you are and were well known, your works were not so much here on the screen. I recall Fry and Laurie but did not actually watch it for which I will self-flagellate as soon as I have finished here of course. Brits can always do it better than the Americans (do= anything you like but especially TV and other media.)

  4. SilverDove says:

    Strangely you don’t mention “The Ode Less Travelled” in your list of published works.

    I found this book only recently in one of those moments of lucky happenstance and am now loving every word of it; it is made all the better, for my, by hearing it in your voice as I read it.

    I will keep you posted as I progress but after 50 years of writing trivial verse with no instruction whatsoever I am finding your book as valuably instructional as it is entertainingly absorbing.

  5. Vasiliy says:

    Of cource, i just have a hope that Stephen would read it. I want to give my gratitude to him. His books recover my interest to the literature. I’ve just read his “Liar” and i wanna say that this book became one of my favorite books. Stephen, if you read it, please – write me back. From Russia with love – Vasiliy Trofimov.

  6. Cass-dawg says:

    Hello Stephen,

    This is officially my first post on your brilliant site, so despite the overwhelming, nerve-racking possibility that you will read this, I thought I’d take the opportunity to say thank you, thank you, thank you for the work you did with Hugh Laurie during your ‘Halcyon’ years. It’s been just over a year since I was first introduced to the comical genius, hilarity and insanity that you two created. I cannot express how grateful I am for those sketches and how they, in all their ‘wtf!?’ glory, have made my life just that extra bit better.
    In particular, some of the sketches that are my absolute favourites are: ‘My dear boy’ (the modeling one), the ‘Mr Dalliard’ sketches, Tony and Control (all of them), dancersizing and everyone of the sketches in which you go off on a completely non-sensical, yet highly intelligent and slightly logical spiel which left poor Hugh seemingly lost. :D

    I really hope that you are able to write another series with Hugh, even one sketch would be spectacular! I also hope that you get the opportunity to get a guest spot on House M.D. you could maybe have a ‘Mr Burmie’-like character, which would annoy House no end! Ahh the possibilities.

    I should stop rambling now. Once again, thank you for making the world richer with your comedy gold, and I look forward to seeing your future works.

    With deepest respect,


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