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Les Dawson was a Northern lad who climbed out of the slums thanks to an uncommonly brilliant mind.
Married twice in real life, he had a third wife in his comic world - a fictional ogre built from spare parts left by fleeing Nazis at the end of World War II - and an equally frightening mother-in-law. He was down to earth, yet given to eloquent, absurd flights of fancy. He was endlessly generous with his time, but slow to buy a round of drinks. He was a mass of contradictions. In short, he was human, he was genuine, and that's why audiences loved him.
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From 11 series of Sez Les to the wilder lunacies of Blankety Blank, Les Dawson was always around and always hilarious... We shall probably never see his like again... All praise to Louis Barfe. He's got the context as well as the jokes right here. He gives you more than the booze and fags and the sometimes tortured hero of standard showbiz biographies. He makes us realise what we lost when Les Dawson died. --Observer
Louis Barfe succeeds in digging beneath the television personality to uncover Dawson's hidden layers. --Time Out
[A] conscientious, heartfelt book... In today's hard times, we could do with another comic like Dawson. --New Statesman
Lugubrious, complex and always funny, Les Dawson gets the biography he deserves. --Scotsman
Les Dawson: a comedian who, more than any other, spoke for the phlegmatic, resigned, sarcastic, glorious British way of life. This is his story.
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Book Description Atlantic Books, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1848872518
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