Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing : The Definitive Biography of a Comedy Legend, Paperback

Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing : The Definitive Biography of a Comedy Legend Paperback

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The 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages, 20 b/w, 20 col plates (24pp), Index
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780007215119



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This is the 'definitive biography' of the great British comedian Tommy Cooper. I thought it was overlong and whilst a must for Cooper fans I found it too detailed for me, someone who loved Cooper in his prime but doesn't want the level of detail contained here. For example there are long passages about older comedians the author thinks influenced Cooper and lots of detail about contract details with his manager, TV companies, etc.