I can only wish I was even 10% as good a writer as Stephen Fry.
The book was a thoroughly good read and for someone like me who is very much from a working class background it was fascinating being brought into the world of public boarding schools which Stephen re-created with superb attention to detail that boggles the mind how he can remember it all.
I admire his warts and all description of his childhood and the various characters that he encountered in his family and school life. I loved the stories of his various naughty school boy turned criminal endeavours.
I was surprised to find that although I am not homophobic I would normally seek to avoid graphic detail of homosexual encounters but even with such a sensitive subject matter was written it such a superb fashion that it was interesting. I was actually quite well emotional would be the only word to describe it regarding what appeared to be the love of his life and the one that got away and I thank Stephen for helping me see homosexuals in a different light that rightly or wrongly I didn't consider before.
I bought this book on a whim as I normally detest autobiographies and I am delighted I did. I found myself going to bed earlier than normal just so I could read this book rather than using a book as a sleep aid which is normally the case.
As soon as I finished this book I immediately purchased the next instalment which is good but not as good as this one and will be the subject of a different review.
Do yourself a favour no matter what age, sex or sexual persuasion you are this book is a fantastic, funny, at times sad and just superbly written book.