My Family and Other Strangers: Adventures in Family History

My Family and Other Strangers: Adventures in Family History


By (author) Jeremy Hardy, Read by Jeremy Hardy

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  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Format: CD-Audio | 4 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 142mm x 24mm | 179g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846571812
  • ISBN 13: 9781846571817
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 1,514,107

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When Jeremy Hardy decided to explore his ancestry it was, in part, to get to the bottom of his grandmother Becky's dubious claims that the family descended from a certain 17th-century architect and that, more recently, Jeremy's great grandfather was personal bodyguard and confidant to the King. Other legends range from the uncle who died in police custody to the wronged Victorian aunt who bore an illegitimate son. Wild stories aside, Jeremy sets out to investigate in such diverse locations as the public library and the hostile waters around Malta in order to find traces of recognizable family traits and a sense of how he came to be. With wry humor and a keen eye for the absurd and the frustrating, Jeremy takes us on a by turns funny and moving journey into the world of family ancestry. "My Family and Other Strangers" will be enjoyed by anyone who has tried to decipher the 1901 census records, or simply wishes they too had asked their grandparents more about their lives.

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Author information

Jeremy Hardy is of the UK's best loved stand up comedians. His live work has included Just for Laughs and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he won the prestigious Perrier Award, the acclaimed film Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army, as well as numerous sell out tours. He regularly appears on BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Just a Minute and News Quiz.

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"an entertaining meander through one family's many lives and one man's thoughts on many things." -- Kati Nicholl Daily Express