The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson by Louis Barfe

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...in its detailed and always lucid way, Louis Barfe's biography is at its most fascinating when it tackles the early Dawson, young Les in search of a break and not, for a second, knowing where to find it.
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The first ever narrative biography of a towering figure in British comedy Les Dawson, more than any other comedian, spoke for the phlegmatic, pessimistic British way of life. A Northern lad who climbed out of the slums thanks to an uncommonly brilliant mind, he was always the underdog, but his bark was funnier and more incisive than many comics who claimed to bite. 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. This is his story.
 

About Louis Barfe

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Louis Barfe was born in 1973 in Epsom, Surrey. He studied at Lancaster University. He has written for Private Eye, The Oldie, Publishing News, New Statesman, Crescendo and Jazz Music. His previous books imclude Where Have All the Good Times Gone: The Rise and Fall of the Record Industry (Atlantic Books, 2004), The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson and Britain's Greatest TV Comedy Moments (both Atlantic Books, 2012). He lives and breathes British entertainment.
 
Published February 22, 2012 by Atlantic Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Preston on Feb 04 2012

...in its detailed and always lucid way, Louis Barfe's biography is at its most fascinating when it tackles the early Dawson, young Les in search of a break and not, for a second, knowing where to find it.

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