Born Brilliant

Born Brilliant

Author: Christopher Stevens

Publisher: John Murray Publishers

Published: 2010

Total Pages: 438

ISBN-13: 9781848541955

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Kenneth Williams was the stand-out comic actor of his generation. Beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and as a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows, he was also acclaimed for serious stage roles. Born Brilliant will include much previously unseen material from Williams's candid daily journal and also draw on rare in-depth interviews with friends and colleagues. Since the publication of edited extracts from his diaries, much controversy has surrounded Williams's personal and professional lives. This biography traces the complex contradictions that characterised an extraordinary life and presents the first full portrait of a star who was born brilliant.


Kenneth Williams: Born Brilliant

Kenneth Williams: Born Brilliant

Author: Christopher Stevens

Publisher: John Murray

Published: 2010-10-14

Total Pages: 300

ISBN-13: 184854460X

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Kenneth Williams was the stand-out comic actor of his generation. Beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and as a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows, he was also acclaimed for serious stage roles. Born Brilliant includes previously unseen material from Williams's candid daily journal and also draw on rare in-depth interviews with friends and colleagues. Since the publication of edited extracts from his diaries, much controversy has surrounded Williams's personal and professional lives. This biography traces the complex contradictions that characterised an extraordinary life and presents the first full portrait of a star who was born brilliant.


Born Brilliant

Born Brilliant

Author: Christopher Stevens

Publisher: John Murray Publishers

Published: 2010

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781848541962

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Kenneth Williams was the stand-out comic actor of his generation. Beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and as a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows, he was also acclaimed for serious stage roles. Born Brilliant will include much previously unseen material from Williams's candid daily journal and also draw on rare in-depth interviews with friends and colleagues. Since the publication of edited extracts from his diaries, much controversy has surrounded Williams's personal and professional lives. This biography traces the complex contradictions that characterised an extraordinary life and presents the first full portrait of a star who was born brilliant.


The Kenneth Williams Letters

The Kenneth Williams Letters

Author: Russell Davies

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Published: 2008-06

Total Pages: 342

ISBN-13: 0007291922

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Following the bestselling publication of THE KENNETH WILLIAMS DIARIES, the devastating self-portrait of one of our most loved and complex performers is completed with this marvellous selection of his letters. This is a wonderful treasure trove of correspondence with all manner of people, including Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and the Stokers' Mess of HMS Leverton. Kenneth Williams took letters very seriously, and he was always disgusted by a morning that failed to provide him with some material to pore over. Letters called forth the performer in Williams in a way that his diaries never did: many of them are virtual comic monologues, and in general they suggest more strongly than the diaries the likeable and constructive side of a man who remains, nevertheless, as outrageous and 'difficult' as ever.


Born Brilliant

Born Brilliant

Author: Chris Stevens

Publisher: Paragon Publishers

Published: 2011

Total Pages: 528

ISBN-13: 9781445856162

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Kenneth Williams, beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows, was also acclaimed for serious stage roles. Born Brilliant includes much previously unseen material from Williams's candid daily journal and also draws on rare indepth interviews with friends and colleagues. Since the publication of edited extracts from his diaries, much controversy has surrounded Williams's personal and professional life. This biography traces the complex contradictions that characterised an extraordinary life.


Kenneth Williams Unseen: The private notes, scripts and photographs

Kenneth Williams Unseen: The private notes, scripts and photographs

Author: Wes Butters

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Published: 2010-07-15

Total Pages: 68

ISBN-13: 000739604X

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Kenneth Williams’ death, a beautiful coffee table book celebrating his life, including never-before-seen photographs, sketches and personal testimony from Williams’ closest friends, for the very first time.


The Kenneth Williams Diaries

The Kenneth Williams Diaries

Author: Kenneth Williams

Publisher:

Published: 1993

Total Pages: 896

ISBN-13:

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For more than 40 years broadcaster and comedian Kenneth Williams kept a journal of his experiences - this book is a one-volume selection of these diaries. In addition to offering conclusive evidence as to the nature of Williams' death in 1988, the diaries reveal different sides of his character.


Written in Stone

Written in Stone

Author: Christopher Stevens

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2015-11-15

Total Pages: 272

ISBN-13: 1605989088

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Half the world’s population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. A mother tongue first spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago. It was so effective that it flourished for two thousand years. It was a language that spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today—the DNA of language.Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English—with some surprising results.In snappy, lively and often very funny chapters, it uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors, and shows how they are still in constant use today—the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.


Hello, Darlings!

Hello, Darlings!

Author: James Hogg

Publisher: Random House

Published: 2013-09-12

Total Pages: 521

ISBN-13: 1448168317

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Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar today: a mix of music, jingles, funny voices and sound effects. When he seamlessly made the move to television in the seventies, he created unforgettable characters such as Sid Snot, Cupid Stunt and Marcel Wave. Rarely seen without a smile on his face in public, in reality, Kenny was a deeply insecure man who suffered severe bouts of depression. He also struggled with his sexuality, only coming out to the public in 1985. Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Kenny died in 1995. This in-depth and affectionate biography has been fully authorised by Kenny's family and contains original interviews with Kenny's sister, Kate and with his former wife, Lee, as well as entertainment figures such as Barry Cryer, Cliff Richard, Chris Tarrant and Paul Gambaccini. Packed with fabulous stories about the highs and lows of Kenny's life, his great friendships with The Beatles and Freddie Mercury, this is a book that any fan of comedy and entertainment must read.