Paperweight, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A hilarious collection of the many articles written by Stephen Fry for magazines, newspapers and radio.

It includes selected wireless essays of Donald Trefusis, the ageing professor of philology brought to life in Fry's novel The Liar, and the best of Fry's weekly column for the Daily Telegraph. Perfect to dip into but just as enjoyable to read cover to cover, this book, perhaps more than any other, shows the breadth of Fry's interests and the depth of his insight.

He remains a hilarious writer on whatever topic he puts his mind to.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780099457022

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A varied collection of work from Stephen Fry containing mostly articles from radio/magazines, along with a short play and even a piece of Sherlock Holmes fan fiction! Due to the variety of material it is inherently a hit and miss affair depending on the reader's individual tastes. One of my favourite sections was the collection of columns written for The Telegraph in the 80s/90s. Despite being around 20 years old, these were eerily relevant with talk of war in Iraq (the first Gulf War), the economic recession and the conflict between fundamentalist religion/spiritualism and rationalism. All of these are, of course, tackled by Stephen's trademark wit and humour. So, whatever your tastes, Paperweight should make an excellent addition to any Fryphile's collection.

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Clssic Fry, wry, witty, self-deprecating but erudite underneath it all. A delicious basket of niblets for snacky read cravings.

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