I Didn't Get Where I Am Today

I Didn t Get Where I Am Today The magnificent and hilarious autobiography of the man who created Reginald Perrin A beautifully told tale of a life in writing and comedy capturing a golden age of British television

  • Title: I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
  • Author: David Nobbs
  • ISBN: 9780099421641
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • The magnificent and hilarious autobiography of the man who created Reginald Perrin A beautifully told tale of a life in writing and comedy, capturing a golden age of British television.

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    1 thought on “I Didn't Get Where I Am Today”

    1. I started to read this on a flight back home at the end of a long and stressful working day. I was shaking with laughter, transported by a clever story-teller with a great way with words. The lady sitting beside me asked politely what the book was - she was keen to know what was so funny. I was sad to finally finish reading it, although I would not recommend it for reading in public. It stood up well for a second reading, too.

    2. Quite amusing but overall disappointing especially when you get to the end and you realise that he has been writing about this wonderful marriage that he has been consistently cheating on. I hate it when people account for the failure of relationships by saying "We had been drifting apart for some time" - what a miserable excuse. Take some responsibility dammit.

    3. I've read quite a few books by David Nobbs over the years, but had somehow missed this autobiography when it was published in 2003, and only became aware of it when it was mentioned in an obituary, following his recent death. It's an entertaining run through of his life, family, friendships and work, but feels a little lukewarm in parts, and not up to his best fiction or scripts. As I always suspected, Nobbs comes across as a thoroughly likeable and decent man, and he is brutally honest about hi [...]

    4. I began by really liking this autobiography, but I grew cooler to the author as it progressed. There was a troubling element to his psyche that seemed to go unexplored - his blackouts, his failed marriage, his big fall-outs with his best friend. There was an underlying tone of anger or disappointment as the book progressed that just wasn't there as he described his youth at Cambridge or before. The joy of those years seemed to darken as life progressed and success, when it came, wasn't as apprec [...]

    5. I was disappointing by this book. I was mainly aware of David Nobbs as the screenwriter for Reggie Perrin and also work for The Two Ronnies so I was expecting more interesting anecdotes about working in that environment. Instead it's an endless catalogue of boring incidents involving 'famous' people I've never heard of and didn't care about. Anything personal and about his family is skimmed over which was frustrating as there was clearly a lot to be written about there. I didn't feel like I'd go [...]

    6. Interesting autobiography of one of the UKs finest comic writers - somewhat forgotten, I think. I read this in the same period as reading auto-biogs by John Peel, Stephen Fry and Julian Clary - all of whom seem to share the experience of being buggered at schooldidn't seem to do any of them any harm, though:-)

    7. [image error]From Orpington to Cambridge via Marlborough (twice). Reginald Perrin's creator David Nobbs reads from his autobiography.Broadcast on: BBC Radio 7

    8. Was there ever such an appropriate surname for a British comic writer than Nobbs I wonder? This is a gentle, self-effacing autobiography from the creator of Henry Pratt and Reginald Iolanthe Perrin.

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