'It's the Magna Carta and Valley of the Dolls all rolled into one...' Michael Palin
Graham Chapman, who died in October 1989, reveals in his autobiography what it was like to be part of the revolutionary and zany Monty Python team.
Required reading for Monty Python fans, this true and false memoir is Graham Chapman's own hilarious account of his life as a Python and as a homosexual. The book equals Joe Orton's famous Diaries in providing an unblushing account of a gay lifestyle linked to entertainment.
Full of outrageous fictions and touching truths, in telling surreal and outrageous lies Graham Chapman often uncovers a truth about himself and colleagues.
The stories it relates of the author – whether as mountaineer or medical student (he was a doctor); actor or alcoholic (he was both); heterosexual groupie-guzzler or homosexual coming to terms with himself (bit of both) – form a surreal and crowded mosaic that is funny, disturbing and moving by turns. A minor cult classic by a major comic talent.
'It is, as one critic put it, an "intercoursingly good book".'
(A Fleet Street Hack)