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Tragically I Was an Only Twin


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A hilarious collection of comedy sketches, scripts, musings and never before seen, or read, footage from one of history's funniest comedians, revealed here as a comedy writer of unparalleled talent and humour.

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Peter Cook (Author)
William Cook is the author of Ha Bloody Ha - Comedians Talking (Fourth Estate) and The Comedy Store - The Club That Changed British Comedy (Little, Brown). He has worked for the BBC and written for the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the New Statesman.

William Cook (Author)
William Cook's most recent book is One Leg Too Few - The Adventures of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, published by Preface.

He is also the author of Ha Bloody Ha (Fourth Estate), The Comedy Store (Little, Brown), Morecambe & Wise Untold (HarperCollins) and 25 Years of Viz (Macmillan).

He edited Kiss Me, Chudleigh - The World According to Auberon Waugh (Hodder), Eric Morecambe Unseen (HarperCollins), and Tragically, I Was An Only Twin and Goodbye Again, two biographical anthologies of the work of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, both published by Century.

He has worked for the BBC and has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Mail on Sunday. He currently contributes to the Independent, the Spectator and Conde Nast Traveller. He has won several awards for his travel writing, including the Johann Strauss Gold Medal for his writing about Vienna.


Impressive and thorough, if not comprehensive, this collection finally documents the genius of Peter Cook, a founding member of the legendary English comedy revue Beyond the Fringe. British journalist William Cook (no relation to Peter) gives a predominantly chronological arrangement to the wealth of writing, which dates from 1956 to just before Peter's death in 1995. After opening with an informative biographical chapter, he introduces each of the 13 sections with a brief narrative. In addition to sketches, comedy routines, bits, and dialogs, he presents sardonic journalistic pieces from Private Eye, the satirical magazine that Peter founded. Peter, said noted actor and author Stephen Fry, "had funniness in the same way that beautiful people have beauty." This long-overdue compendium is both beautiful and very, very funny. Enthusiastically recommended for all performing arts collections.-Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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