Author: Graham Chapman, Douglas Adams, David Sherlock, Alex M
Keywords: volume, autobiography, liar
ISBN-10: 0413475700 ISBN-13: 9780413475701
Binding: Hardcover (1st)
List Price: Unknown
“Comedian, actor, physician, mountaineer, rugby enthusiast, pipe smoker, alcoholic and consummate Englishman – the late Graham Chapman was a man for all seasons. But this member of Monty Python was not one to let his already colourful life prevent him from making up an even wilder one. Published in 1980, Chapman’s outrageously false memoir A Liar’s Autobiography (Volume VI) – credited to Chapman and four others, including Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams – was a work of blithe, unashamed and inspired fiction.
Whisking through Chapman’s sadly foreshortened life – he died of cancer in 1989, aged forty-eight – A Liar’s Autobiography recounts his years in medical school, his first meeting with longtime writing partner Cleese at Cambridge, the high days of Pythonage, his coming-out as a gay man (or seventy percent gay, according to a survey he conducted on himself), and, of course, his abduction and transport to the heavens by space aliens at the end of the eighties. Even cancer, it seems, cannot vanquish the truly inveterate liar.
Predictably hilarious, A Liar’s Autobiography is a wonderfully inventive tribute to one of the great comic minds of the twentieth century. But how much of it is true? “Nothing,” declaims Terry Jones, “It’s all a downright, absolute, blackguardly lie.” Well, let’s give it at least seventy percent. Now piss off.”
written by Cameron Bailey