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By Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry, megastar of Wilde and host of QI , is firmly confirmed as a celebrated cultural figure.

but if he arrived at Cambridge he used to be a convicted thief, an addict, and a failed suicide, confident that he will be expelled. in its place, collage lifestyles provided him love and the opportunity to entertain. He befriended brilliant younger such things as Hugh Laurie, now the superstar of condo, and Emma Thompson. this can be the hilarious and totally compelling tale of ways the Stephen the realm is familiar with (or thinks it is familiar with) took his first steps within the worlds of theater, radio, tv, and picture. stories of scandal and poo jostle with insights into genuinely-earned stardom. The Fry Chronicles isn't afraid to confront the chasm that separates public snapshot from deepest feeling, and it truly is marvelously wealthy in trademark wit and verbal brilliance.

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Grandpapa. In gaol, every person inside of rolled their very own cigarettes. A week's wages may perhaps purchase approximately sufficient previous Holborn or Golden Virginia tobacco to final the seven days till subsequent payday. The cigarette papers, for no sturdy cause that i may comprehend, have been the standard Rizla+ model, yet offered in a buff-coloured pack with the phrases 'H M Prisons simply' published at an perspective around the flap. I hoarded as a lot of those as i'll and contrived to smuggle them out on my unlock. For years afterwards i'd replenish those from the normal crimson, blue and eco-friendly Rizla+ packs commercially to be had at the outdoor and luxuriate in the bragging rights of being visible with prison-issue rolling papers. Pathetic. i would like loads to return and slap myself occasionally. no longer that i'd pay the slightest recognition. because the legal week ended and the fewer cautious inmates started to run out of burn they went via a unusual begging ritual that I, by no means one to husband assets both, was once speedy to benefit. you will spot anyone smoking and slide ingratiatingly as much as them. 'Twos up, mate,' you will wheedle and when you have been the 1st to have gotten the request in you'd be rewarded with their fag-end after they had performed with it. those soggy second-hand butts, whose few ultimate strands of worthy tobacco have been all sour and tarred via the smoke that had undergone them, have been as a date palm within the desolate tract, and that i may smoke them correct down till they burnt and blistered my lips. we know the indignities to which enslaved people will put up themselves in an effort to fulfill their addictions, even if for narcotics, alcohol, tobacco, sugar or intercourse. The desperation, savagery and degradation they publicly exhibit make truffling pigs appear placid and composed by means of comparability. That snapshot of myself sizzling my mouth and fingertips as I hungrily hissed in a final hit of smoke must have been adequate to inform me all i wished to understand approximately myself. It wasn't after all. I had made up our minds in school, while it were borne in on me how hopeless i used to be at recreation, that i used to be an invaluable mind on best of a dead physique. i used to be brain and spirit, whereas these round me have been dust and blood. the fact that i used to be extra a sufferer of actual want than they have been i might angrily have repudiated. Which simply is going to teach how whole an arse i used to be. Tragic hair. Tragic occasions. Taken your time among tuition and felony. After a month or so of remand in Pucklechurch i used to be finally sentenced by way of the courtroom to 2 years' probation and published again to my mom and dad. This time round I controlled to enrol myself at a faculty and to take a seat for A degrees and the Cambridge front paper. + felony looked as if it would have marked the bottom element of my existence. The suicide attempts,+ tantrums and insanity of my mid-teens over. again domestic in Norfolk I targeting educational paintings, completed A grades and gained a scholarship to learn English at Queens' collage, Cambridge. Now that I had the excellent news of my attractiveness, I confronted the matter of what to do with the months best as much as the 1st time period.

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