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David Nobbs (1935–2015)

Autor/a de The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

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David Nobbs was born in Petts Wood, England on March 13, 1935. He graduated from St John's, Cambridge, where he studied English in 1958. He joined the Sheffield Star as an apprentice journalist, but soon realized it was not the type of writing we wanted to do. He moved to London when one of his mostra'n més sketches was accepted for a revue, One to Another, at the Lyric theatre. In the 1960s, he became established as a gag writer for popular performers of the day including David Frost and Frankie Howerd. His first novel, The Itinerant Lodger, was published in 1965. His other novels included Ostrich Country, A Piece of the Sky Is Missing, The Death of Reginald Perrin, The Return of Reginald Perrin, A Bit of a Do, Cupid's Darts, and The Second Life of Sally Mottram. His Reginald Perrin novels were later adapted for television as The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, which ran between 1976 and 1979. He also wrote a memoir entitled I Didn't Get Where I Am Today. He died on August 9, 2015 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de David Nobbs

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1975) — Autor; Narrador, algunes edicions249 exemplars
The Return of Reginald Perrin (1977) 135 exemplars
Going Gently (2000) 89 exemplars
The Reginald Perrin Omnibus (1990) 82 exemplars
Cupid's Dart (2008) 76 exemplars
Pratt of the Argus (1988) 62 exemplars
A Bit of a Do (1986) 51 exemplars
Obstacles to Young Love (2010) 48 exemplars
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today (2003) 43 exemplars
The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1995) 43 exemplars
It Had to Be You (1852) 38 exemplars
Sex and Other Changes (2004) 34 exemplars
The Cucumber Man (1994) 33 exemplars

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Nom oficial
Nobbs, David Gordon
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
País (per posar en el mapa)
England, UK
Lloc de naixement
Orpington, Kent, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
Causa de la mort
complications of a stroke
Llocs de residència
Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
Bickley Hall prep school, Chislehurst
Marlborough College
Cambridge University (St John's College|BA|1958)
comedy writer
Nobbs, Susan (wife)
British Humanist Association
Biografia breu
The Guardian obituary of the comic writer David Nobbs (11 August, page 33) said he had died on 9 August. His agent has since been in touch to point out that he in fact died a day earlier, on 8 August.



3. It Had to be You by David Nobbs a Backlisted Book Club (març 2022)


Inspiradora de una de las comedias televisivas más famosas de todos los tiempos, Caída y auge de Reginald Perrin es una obra maestra del género humorístico en el ámbito anglosajón. Su protagonista, Reginald Perrin, es un hombre gris; un mediocre e infeliz ejecutivo de ventas cuarentón, que malgasta sus días en la empresa Postres Lucisol, sometido a un jefe estúpido para el que desempeña un trabajo alienante, mientras lleva una vida suburbana al lado de su esposa y una familia plagada de gorrones. Hasta que un día, entregado a continuas fantasías que le apartan momentáneamente del sopor, decide tirarlo todo por la borda y dar el gran paso: desaparecer sin dejar el menor rastro, simular su propio suicidio, y adoptar una segunda identidad para volver a comenzar desde cero.… (més)
Natt90 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Oct 28, 2022 |
This novel covers the first 18 years of the life of Henry Pratt from his birth to his doing his National Service in the British Army.

Born into poverty in 1935 in the fictional Sheffield mining suburb of Thurmarsh, Henry is short-sighted, ungainly and un-athletic. When his parents die when he is a young boy Henry is passed around various relatives and is educated in various school environments ranging from local primary and grammar schools alongside local youths to two years at a fee-paying all boys boarding school mixing with the sons of well-to-do toffs where because of his working-class roots he is a complete fish out of water. Henry hasn't exactly been been dealt a very favourable hand of cards but he is first and foremost stoic.

David Nobbs was one of British television's most successful comedy series scriptwriters and his credits include 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin' and 'A Bit of a Do', programmes from my childhood.

A lot of the dialogue is written with a Yorkshire accent and I found it a quirky and mildly amusing evocation of Yorkshire life during a certain period of British history. Despite the book's blurb describing it as being "noisily funny" I cannot in all honesty say that I ever actually laughed out loud but I did read it with a fixed smile on my face which is no bad thing. Consequently I found it something of an unexpected surprise and will be looking out for the next book in the series.
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PilgrimJess | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Nov 14, 2021 |
Ok, so this was never going to be as good as the Reggie Perrin books, which are still my favourite comedy novels of all time.

This was written much later than the books that brought Nobbs fame and fortune but still has his trademark wit and brilliant comedy.

Gordon Coppinger is a successful and respected businessman, but behind the glitzy exterior he is a serial adulterer, and a lover of extravagance with a history of shady deals. Suddenly his world starts to unravel as more and more of his shadow life is brought to the surface. What follows is a very public humiliation, and the way he reacts surprises even Sir Gordon.

Well worth a read, and if you do, make sure you check out more of Nobbs.
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Bridgey | Sep 11, 2020 |
This classic fell a little bit flat with me. Satire is not my favourite genre so it is not surprising I found the story lacking in warmth and too cynical and revelling in the sordid to provoke many laughs.
MaidMeri | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Apr 11, 2020 |



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