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  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

By: Eric Idle
Narrated by: Eric Idle
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We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric 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.  

Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the '60s and '70s, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels 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 for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and 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.  

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

©2018 Eric Idle (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Not just an Idle fan

I found the story funny, reflective, sad, unbelievable & most of all enjoyable. This is a person who has lived & is living a great life. Hearing Eric’s voice, telling his story a slam dunk, back of the net, top shelf yarn. To borrow a couple of quotes “Say no more, now f-off & get it.”

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Gets better so keep listening

Initially it took a little time to come to terms with all the name dropping and references to achievements. But then I realised that is just the life he lived. It brings it home that they really were the Beatles of comedy and lived a rockstar life. Ended up being very enjoyable.

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Loved this book

Monty Python was an essential par of my University Education although I confess I was perhaps more amused by their anarchic humour than their creative genius. Now the latter is more obvious. I had underestimated the contribution of Eric Idle to their overall success and this book establishes how important EI was in their success. In addition, he describes his elitist life with enough humility for you to really like him. He still sees his failings and yet became a friend to many great celebrities some of us who have left us. I imagine he is much loved back. I was so pleased to know that they were also loveable people in private through his eyes. A man with significant wealth, privilege and high level contacts but I’d be happy to invite him found to dinner just because he still sees how funny we all are. To my surprise this turned out to be a nostalgic autobiography that anyone with a send of humour, love of 60-70’s popular music and the cult of personality will simply adore. please write more Eric!

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Not Quite Idle

This is the second autobiography I have read from one of the Python legends. And like the John Cleese memoir this one also falls a bit flat. It is written almost like a series of sketches but with a great deal more laughs. There is a lot of name dropping going on but if if he leaves all of the experiences with other celebrities out I guess it defeats the purpose of an autobiography. So consider that a moot point. What I did find pleasing was that Eric made a point of letting the reader know that the Python guys and gals were and still are good mates. His chapter on Robin Williams was very moving written with great compassion and humour. If you were/are a Python fan you should enjoy this.

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Good in parts

I was looking forward to listening to this book as I have always been a fan of Eric Idle. Unfortunately, the more I listened to the book, the more annoying was the incessant name dropping interspersed with sketchy details of other events in his life. Disappointing and I was unwilling to finish it.

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What a life.

Eric talks about his life with surprise, joy, sadness and destitute. What a fun adventure.

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As Expected Hilariously Entertaining

This was a fantastic read. I lived so much of this through the 70’s, still use quotes from the Python’s…. Eric is honest, funny and authentic so recommended.

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Excellent audio book.

Well done here Eric.
What an outstanding life you have had and still got more to come.
Yes you are a legend.
Say no more!!
Mark from Australia.

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Enjoyable back stage view

Serious name dropper but hey he’s entitled too.
Enjoyed the romp through his and his colleagues amazing lives. The backdrop of my childhood, bought back memories of laughter and sometimes sadness but wouldn’t change a thing.

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Boring

Found this disappointingly boring.
I had expected a lot more from someone who has undoubtedly had a privileged life.

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