A Liar's Autobiography

£9.99

Chapman, Graham

08/09/2011 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413777287

About A Liar's Autobiography

 '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)

Author(s)
 

Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman’s education and vocational training occurred variously in such places as the Midlands, Eton, Cambridge University, St Swithin’s Hospital, on tour, in a revue with John Cleese, in New Zealand and on the island of Ibiza with David Frost. He was also part of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus team, and the TV show Doctor in the House. He died in 1989.

 


Reviews
 

'It's the Magna Carta and Valley of the Dolls all rolled into one...'

 

Michael Palin

 

'I thought it was a liar's autobiography until I read it'

Terry Jones

 

'Required reading for Monty Python fans'

The New Yorker

 

'An intercoursingly good book ... definitely not a present for your aunty'

The Evening Standard

 

'Graham Chapman was a loony. You can tell that from this book. After all it took four men to write his autobiography.'

Eric Idle from his Afterword


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