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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography - Eric Idle

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography - Eric Idle


Author:  Eric Idle

ISBN:  9781474610278

Weight:  791g

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python – from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life.  Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.

Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends.  With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart.

In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades.  This is a memoir chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

Peer & Press Reviews

Inevitably, Eric Idle’s memoir, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, is no ordinary celebrity autobiography…  [Showbiz anecdotes] are combined with frank, fresh insights into five decades as part of Monty Python.

Hannah Shaddock, Radio Times

As funny, wicked, naughty, eye-popping and compulsively, joyously brilliant as the genius who wrote it.

Stephen Fry

I loved this biography of a song and the man who made it, and the picture he paints of his life, his friends, his passions, five Pythons and a Beatle.

Neil Gaiman

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Sub title A Sortabiography
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 270 pages, which includes many black and white photographs plus one 8-page section of colour photographs.

The back matter has a further 19 pages:

Acknowledgements [2 pages]
Photo Credits [4]
Index [13]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in directly before the title page.  (Printed on this page are the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication)
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781474610278
ISBN 10 1474610277
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 270 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Robyn Von Swank
Jacket photos (front) Getty Images / Alamy

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