Russell Davies is a freelance writer and broadcaster. A former film and TV critic of the Observer and TV critic of the Sunday Times, he has also written a column on sport for the Sunday Telegraph. He has presented many literary and political features on TV and radio (including a history of radio comedy).Wes Butters made a name for himself in radio as the ninth host of BBC Radio 1's Sunday chart show. He won numerous awards, including a Sony, for his breakfast show at Galaxy Manchester. In April 2008 Wes wrote and produced the two-part documentary The Pain of Laughter - The Last Days of Kenneth Williams for BBC Radio 4.
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About the Author
As Margaret Thatcher swept to power on 4 May 1979, Wes Butters made a rather more low-key entrance in Salford. He studied film and television at Salford University but made a name for himself in radio as the ninth host of BBC Radio 1's Sunday chart show. He won numerous awards, including a Sony, for his breakfast show at Galaxy Manchester. In April 2008 Wes wrote and produced the two-part documentary The Pain of Laughter - The Last Days of Kenneth Williams for BBC Radio 4.
Born in Barmouth, Russell has a first-class degree in Modern Languages from St John's College Cambridge. He was Caricaturist of the Times Literary Supplement and Film Critic of the Observer, later TV critic of the Observer and Sunday Times. He first chaired Brain of Britain in 2004. His books include biographies of the cartoonist Vicky and the graphic artist Ronald Searle, and he edited the Kenneth Williams Diaries. He is married with 3 sons, and has played jazz trombone and tuba since 1964.
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The greatest pleasure in collecting books comes, not from the tome which you expect to give great pleasure, but from one such as this: I have read numerous biographies of KW and did not expect that there was much that I did not know, which would be allowed to become public knowledge. A casual glance at the book seemed to confirm my opinions: it is a host of photographs held together with short reminiscences from people who knew Kenneth.The name, Russell Davies, should have alerted me to the fact that this was liable to prove a false assumption but, it was not until I started to read, that I realized just what a treasure trove of information this is! I would be lying if I were to imply that my views of the man had been totally amended: that would mean that everything else written about him was untrue but, after reading this, KW is a more rounded figure.No one will ever know for certain, whether Williams intended to take his own life, or whether, he accidentally took an overdose of pills, but the arguments are marshalled better in this book than anywhere else. His lack of close friends and his relationship with his sister and mother are both much easier to comprehend from this book too,One of the best books about the man (although, it fleshes out, rather than replaces the more standard biographies)