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Born Brilliant: The Life of Kenneth Williams based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kenneth Williams was a genius. I have read all the biographies and the autobiography so, one would be surprised, and suspicious, were this one to be radically different: it isn't. Was it, then, worth the read? Yes. Williams was a complex character, capable of acts of monumental kindness and equal spite. Previous biographies have pointed this out but, Stevens is the first biographer to stitch the two facets together in a believable, understandable way. This book also finally puts the lid on the theories that Williams committed suicide. The explanation as to how he died are compelling and, just to be sure, Stevens takes the time to destroy the suicide theories one by one.The best two compliments that I can pay this book are, firstly that it was one of those reads that one does not want to reach the end and secondly, it has driven me straight to the collection of Hancock, Round the Horne and Carry On recordings to enjoy the man's work.