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    DescriptionThe first ever intimate portrait of Britain's best-loved, but little known, comedy entertainer. Fully authorised, and written by Cooper's friend and colleague John Fisher. More than just a comedian, Tommy Cooper was a born entertainer. Working in a golden age of British comedy, Cooper stood - literally - head and shoulders above the crowd, and had a magical talent for humour that defied description. But there was a man behind the laughter that few people saw. John Fisher was Cooper's friend and colleague and witnessed first-hand the moments of self-doubt and inadequacy that contrasted with the genial exterior. Until his tragic death on live television in 1984, Tommy Cooper lived in constant fear of the day he would be found out by his audience. He could never accept the accolades that came so thick and fast from every direction, and died to the sounds of laughter that he never really believed. Supplementing his own intimate knowledge with material accessed for the first time from the archives of Cooper's agent and manager, Miff Ferrie, and with the full co-operation of the Cooper family, John Fisher's warm, honest and insightful writing skilfully brings alive the man behind the comedic mask in this definitive biography of a comedy legend.


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    Title
    Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing
    Subtitle
    The Definitive Biography of a Comedy Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Fisher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 420 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007215119
    ISBN 10: 0007215118
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF, APB
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Libri: I-SR
    DC22: B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 791.092
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SPO040000, PER000000, PER018000
    LC classification: PN2598.C786 F57 2007
    Thema V1.0: DNBF, AT, ATC
    Illustrations note
    20 b/w, 20 col plates (24pp), With index
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Harper
    Publication date
    28 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Fisher has a long and distinguished career as a TV producer working in light entertainment with such giants of comedy as Bob Monkhouse, Spike Milligan, Bruce Forsyth & Tommy Cooper. His most recent work includes Channel 4's critically acclaimed "Heroes of Comedy". An authority on popular entertainment, he has written many books on the subject. 'Jus' Like That!', his stage celebration of Tommy's life, was a recent West End hit. He is also a member of the Inner Magic Circle.
    Review quote
    'A monumental and masterly biography of the great Cooper.' Daily Mail 'A masterful work that will deservedly find its way into the Christmas stockings of anyone interested in showbiz.' The Stage 'It's a measure of how funny he (Cooper) was that this book had me on the floor even when reading about gags I've never seen. Yet this is no hagiography. While it has chapter and verse on how Cooper's comic chaos came into being, it also tells how one of our country's greatest bringers of joy was a boozy, tight-fisted, foul-mouthed, faithless old misery.' The Sunday Times. 'This book is an accolade to a truly talented and complex man who was much more than just a comic.' The Sun ' "The definitive biography of a comedy legend" - for once a book lives up to its blurb.' Michael Parkinson 'John Fisher's biography admirably captures the Cooper magic.' The Oldie 'A book with unrivalled access to (and knowledge of) its elusive subject.' The Independent '... a well balanced, very well researched and thoroughly enjoyable book that at times will have you laughing out loud.' **** The Irish Examiner