My Culture heroes #1 Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

With the aforementioned Jeeves and Wooster watching, I feel it’s time to salute one of my heroes Mr Stephen Fry. He’s a Renaissance man and a mighty fine writer. Plus he’s anything but a Luddite, check out his web site Stephen Fry to get a flavour of the many strings to his bow.

I think my first encounter with this strangely alluring gent was his role in Blackadder as the unctuous Lord Melchett. Or was it him as Oscar Wilde with young Jude Law as Bosie (what admirable casting on both counts)? Or Fry and Laurie? I’m not sure, but he made an impression.

Here’s a few choice Fry selections from his back catalogue:
Making History – what if you could go back in time and stop Adolf Hitler even being born? That’s the pretext of this supersmart novel. I’ve read a heck of a lot of time travel novels, and this is one of the best.

Stephen Fry in America
Stephen Fry in America

Moab is my washpot – Stephen’s autobiography. It’s a toe curlingly honest depiction of his youth, naughty public school days and thereafter.

QI – hosted by Stephen – gave rise to The Book of General Ignorance,  a great tool to bash foolish facts and beliefs.

Coming soon: Stephen Fry in America.

And of course there’s plenty more Stephen Fry stuff at the library.

3 thoughts on “My Culture heroes #1 Stephen Fry

  1. Mo-mo 17 October 2008 / 3:48 pm

    I am so with you on Mr Fry. He’s been great in everything I’ve seen him in (I first remember him as the aforementioned Lord Melchett). Plus he’s extremely funny on paper as well.

    And the one of the terrific things about reading Stephen Fry is that you can imagine his rounded, mellifluous delivery as you read. What a lovely thing to have Stephen Fry talking in your head (provided he’s not having one of his well-publicised manic-depressive turns of course).

  2. Donna 18 October 2008 / 11:22 am

    Ah yes, he’s the vocal equivalent of a tawny port.

    Luckily he’s narrated quite a few talking books – including all the Harry Potters.

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