From the pen of a brilliant comedian, a sortabiography
ERIC Idle, founding member of Monty Python and the creator of Spamalot, has penned his absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candour; Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
The comedian, actor, author and singer-songwriter is best known for his wonderfully funny roles in Monty Python, from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.
As a writer and comedian during the 60s and 70s, Idle stumbled into the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends.
With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart.
In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades.
This is a memoir chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.
Eric Idle is touring Australia in November, going to Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne. To book tickets, go to www.hachette.com.au/eric-idle.
Published by Hachette Australia, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is in in bookshops this weekend. RRP$32.99.