Book Review: More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Review of Stephen Fry’s biography ‘More Fool Me’.

‘More Fool Me’ is the third installment in Fry’s biographical series and covers his life in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He gives an honest account of his addiction to cocaine.

I found this book entertaining and laughed out loud in more than one place. His descriptions of places and people make it feel like you’re there observing from a corner. I did find, not being familiar with theatre personalities from Britain at that time, that I failed to see the significance of some passages. Fry has helpfully put footnotes to explain some of the more obscure people in his book. The diary entries that make up the final chapter of the book are an interesting insight into his day to day life, it would have perhaps been extra interesting to add a commentary or reflection after each of these to provide the reader with context.

One thing that did strike me about his book is the tenderness which he uses to describe both his sister Jo and his best friend Hugh Laurie. I found these passages very touching.

Overall, I loved his style of writing and I will read his previous two installments ‘Moab is my Washpot’ and ‘The Fry Chronicles’.

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