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  • By: Stephen Fry
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  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (343 ratings)

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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The original best-selling autobiography by comedian, novelist and national treasure Stephen Fry.

Few people serve time in prison before studying at Cambridge. You might be surprised to know that Stephen Fry is one of them.

Moab is My Washpot, the remarkable story of Stephen Fry's tumultuous early life, is by turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively listenable.

It's the story of a boy sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, who survives beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at 18, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger.

Fry writes with the wit and warmth which have become his hallmark, but with shocking candour too. For anyone seeking to understand one of Britain's greatest cultural treasures, this book is utterly essential reading.

©1997 Stephen Fry (P)1997 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." (Financial Times)

"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." (Observer)

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Anyone will enjoy this book

Please don't leave this book unread truely an amazing story not what you'd be expecting

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Funny well written and read good all-rounder

This book has it all funny sad and so well executed by the man himself now off to listen to the next

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I’m so glad I bought this book

Highly recommended as an intelligently written account of Stephen Fry’s early years. I really enjoyed this.

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AMAZING!!!

A “MUST READ” Stephen is the MOST self-aware person I have ever encountered.

Honest, emotional, warts and all story of an incredibly interesting and diverse life that every one of us can relate to on at least one subject or another 💜

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Brilliant !

Absolutely loved this
Stephen Fry , what a life !
his elocution and diction is faultless ,and the story itself is everything you could want in an autobiography
simply brilliant

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beautifully told life story.

the musical tones of Stephen Frys voice along with his turn off phrase is wonderful.

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Ahhh… a misspent youth

Mr Fry has produced a very human account of a youth well misspent, in private, public and prison.
Hilariously fun ride on Stephen Fry’s early life train from Booton via Pucklechurch to Cambridge, brillig listen, thank you Stephen Fry :-)

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Entertaining and beautifully read

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. As you'd expect he reads perfectly and the story is fascinating

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fascinating and engaging

this book is incredible and has made me adore Stephen fry more than ever 10/10

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utter brilliance

I've read the paper book. I'm so glad I've now listened to the audio book. Stephen Fry is the best narrator ever, so listening to him tell his own story is really something.

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