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Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String

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Publisher's Summary

By turns hilarious, revelatory, and desperately sad, here is the autobiography of the man whose successes, such as "Hello Dolly!", "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" and "The Phantom of the Opera" have made him a national institution. The story of the true identity of his father, which is behind this book's title, leads into an evocative depiction of his tender childhood years. Whilst all the men were away at war, he was surrounded by loving women. For him this was an idyllic wartime childhood, but the return of the men in peacetime signalled darker times to come. Crawford's infectious enjoyment of stage work illumines his account of his early struggles to make a name for himself in the business, and his early failures with girls are lifted by his abiding sense of the absurd. Both in his private life and his work he begins a lifetime's habit of pratfalls that he would later turn to good use in the character of Frank Spencer in "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em". His talent for mimicry makes the great personalities in his life come alive on the page; people he has worked with, including Benjamin Britten who taught him to sing, John Lennon, with whom he shared a villa, and Oliver Reed, Michael Winner, Barbara Streisand, Gene Kelly, and Frank Sinatra.

©1999 Michael Crawford; (P)1999 Random House Audiobooks

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    mrs 24/12/2012
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    "Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied With String"

    What a lovely autobiography read & written by Michael Crawford, Very moving and funny in part,

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    Alan 03/12/2016
    Alan 03/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Fantastic! "

    If you like any of this man's work, you will LOVE this! Absolutely brilliant! :)

    This man is a living legend and that much of a national treasure I'm pretty sure I overheard Nicholas Cage planning to steal him.

    10/10

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    Shona Hay 16/06/2016
    Shona Hay 16/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "very funny"

    Michael Crawfords life is amazing also what he was willing to do to learn to get parts. and the way he tells you about himself is great

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    David Atkinson 05/03/2016
    David Atkinson 05/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    What an amazing, unbelievable man, that is some story! Sometimes sad but sometimes very uplifting.

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    Anthony 09/07/2015
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    "Michael,where are you now."

    Having seen Mr.Crawford in both Barnum & Phantom,made this much more enjoyable,to fill the gap's,so to speak,& for story & performance I give it 5 stars,where it fails is in having. no marker between chapters,so you have a reference point
    to,put the book down,so to speak.

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    MARY 26/04/2015
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    "Interesting and engaging"

    This was an easy listen, which was enhanced as it was narrated by the author. Michael Crawford gave an interesting insight to his personal and professional life. I felt like I was with him as a fly on the wall during the telling of life.

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