I Know Nothing: The Autobiography

I Know Nothing: The Autobiography

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By (author) Andrew Sachs

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  • Publisher: Robson Press
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 238mm x 36mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 10 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849546363
  • ISBN 13: 9781849546362
  • Illustrations note: 2x8pp colour plate sections
  • Sales rank: 119,146

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"A wonderfully inventive comic actor and a great farceur ...In Manuel he created one of the great comic characters." John Cleese Berlin, 1938. In a crowded restaurant a small boy watches fearfully as his Jewish father is arrested by Hitler's Gestapo. Days later, as Nazis burn and loot Jewish shops, his resourceful Catholic mother prepares an escape plan to take her family to England. So began Andreas Siegfried Sachs' life in London, a new life at times no less bizarre or madcap than the world of Fawlty Towers and its hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel. Now, as one of Britain's best-loved actors, Andrew Sachs recounts tales of his hilarious struggle to come to terms with all things English and his early foray into the world of showbiz, and goes behind the scenes of the infamous Torquay hotel. In time conquering stage, screen and radio, Sachs has appeared alongside a galaxy of stars including Rex Harrison, Norman Wisdom, Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, Richard Burton and Peter Sellers, and written award-winning radio plays, proving his talent and versatility again and again. A charming, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly compelling memoir which promises to delight devotees of Fawlty Towers, I Know Nothing! reveals the twists and turns of the truly fascinating life of Andrew Sachs, whose dignified response to the distressing intrusion into his private life by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross has only served to enhance the British public's affection for him.

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Born in Germany in 1930, Andrew Sachs came to England in 1938 with his family. Following school and a stint of National Service, he began a career in theatre, touring Britain before joining the BBC Drama Repertory Company, where he achieved success on stage, television and the radio. He landed his career-defining role in 1975: the Spanish waiter Manuel in the hugely popular Fawlty Towers. Performing regularly on and off stage ever since, Sachs has recently appeared in Coronation Street and the acclaimed film Quartet. He lives in north London with his wife, Melody.

Customer reviews

By Julie Unicomb 26 Aug 2014 4

I found this book by Fawlty Towers (amongst other things) actor Andrew Sachs to be a nice little read. Interesting facts about his life and upbringing abound, and there is much information about the filming of Fawlty Towers and his relationship with John Cleese and other cast members. I feel he drones on a little bit too long about Russell Brands radio hoax, which obviously affected the actor, to the point of it being a tad overdone. Otherwise, quite a good biography.

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"Those into celebrity autobiographies should watch out for offerings from Andrew Sachs - " The Press " There is, however, a lot more to the memoir than Manuel - as well as telling a jolly showbiz tale, he can also strike a more serious and insightful tone when the subject matter requires it." The Times "[T]his is an engaging and often touching account of someone who has gone through life hellbent on squeezing as much enjoyment out of it as he can." Mail On Sunday "The harrowing, inspiring life of Andrew Sachs." Roger Lewis, The Spectator "A feast of stories, funny and sad, name droppings par excellence, thoughtful opinions and a 54-year-old love story." Yours