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    DescriptionWith his sly little moustache, broad gap-toothed grin, garish waistcoats and ostentatious cigarette holder, Terry-Thomas was known as an absolute bounder, both onscreen and off. Graham McCann's hugely entertaining biography celebrates the life and career of a very English rascal. Born in 1911 into an ordinary suburban family, Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens set about transforming himself at a very early age into a dandy and a gadabout. But he did not put the finishing touches to his persona until the mid-1950s with his groundbreaking TV comedy series How Do You View?, a forerunner of The Goon Show and Monty Python. Terry-Thomas went on to carve out a long and lucrative career in America, appearing on TV alongside Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Lucille Ball, and in Hollywood movies with Jack Lemmon, Rock Hudson and Doris Day. He became every American's idea of a mischievous English gent. After a long battle with Parkinson's disease, he died in 1990 in comparative obscurity, but his influence lives on. Basil Brush was a polyester tribute to Terry-Thomas, and comedians including Vic Reeves and Paul Whitehouse hail T-T as a role model. 'Dandyism is the product of a bored society,' D'Aurevilly observed. Terry-Thomas cocked a snook at the dull sobriety of post-war Britain with his sly humour. As he would say himself: 'Good show!'


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    Title
    Bounder!
    Subtitle
    The Biography of Terry-Thomas
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham McCann
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845134419
    ISBN 10: 1845134419
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: APB, APF
    LC classification: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 595
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    DC22: 791.43028092
    BISAC V2.8: PER010030
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: DNBF, ATF, ATC
    Illustrations note
    black & white plates
    Publisher
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Graham McCann is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Do You Think That's Wise?: The Life of John Le Mesurier, Bounder! The Biography of Terry-Thomas, Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools and Horses.
    Review quote
    'As Graham McCann outlines in his welcome biography, T-T's origins were far from top-drawer.' Daily Express '[A] lucid, empathetic biography.' Time Out