I Was Douglas Adams's Flatmate

Andrew McGibbon

I Was Douglas Adams's Flatmate

Ernest Hemingway, Sam Peckinpah, Johnny Cash, Tina Turner, Douglas Adams, Morrissey — all legendary figures whose obsessions, addictions and drives have been well-documented through press interviews, biopics and biographies. But what were these people really like? In this collection of interviews, based on his Radio 4 series, Andrew McGibbon talks to a close friend or collaborator of each of these often near-mythical figures. We hear the story of how Johnny Cash became the Man in the Black Suit from his tailor, Manuel; we hear about Les Dawson’s literary aspirations from his joke writer, David Nobbs; Jon Canter, flatmate, recounts the time he spent living with Douglas Adams as he turned from aspiring writer into international star; and in the final chapter the author tells his own story of his brief spell as the drummer for Morrissey. 2.2 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
I Was Douglas Adams's Flatmate

Omniscore:

Classification Non-fiction
Genre Humour
Format Paperback
Pages 288
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication February 2011
ISBN 978-0571251728
Publisher Faber & Faber
 

Ernest Hemingway, Sam Peckinpah, Johnny Cash, Tina Turner, Douglas Adams, Morrissey — all legendary figures whose obsessions, addictions and drives have been well-documented through press interviews, biopics and biographies. But what were these people really like? In this collection of interviews, based on his Radio 4 series, Andrew McGibbon talks to a close friend or collaborator of each of these often near-mythical figures. We hear the story of how Johnny Cash became the Man in the Black Suit from his tailor, Manuel; we hear about Les Dawson’s literary aspirations from his joke writer, David Nobbs; Jon Canter, flatmate, recounts the time he spent living with Douglas Adams as he turned from aspiring writer into international star; and in the final chapter the author tells his own story of his brief spell as the drummer for Morrissey.

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Reviews

The Times

Iain Finlayson

McGibbon’s interviews are good gossip but they also stand up as entertaining primary source material for future biographies and media histories.

19/02/2011

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The Independent

Tim Walker

There may be a revealing volume to be written about the friends and colleagues of the famous. This isn't quite it. McGibbon has produced, instead, a bizarrely versatile toilet book.

25/02/2011

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