As a small boy David Nobbs survived the Second World War unscathed, until his bedroom ceiling fell on him when the last bomb to be dropped on Britain by the Germans landed near his home. It was the nearest he came to the war, but National Service would later make him one of Britain's most reluctant soldiers. It was an unforgettable and often unpleasant experience. As a struggling writer, David was catapulted into the thrilling world of satire at the BBC when he rang THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS with a joke and got through to David Frost, who sent a taxi for the joke. He never looked back. His greatness as a modern comic writer was confirmed by the publication of THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN, which he adapted into the immensely successful television series that has entered the fabric of British cultural life, through phrases, images and brilliant humour. A mesmerising, beautifully told tale of life in writing and comedy, I DIDN'T GET WHERE I AM TODAY is the hilarious, poignant and very personal story of David Nobbs' life, which also describes some of the most famous comedians of the last century and captures a golden age of British television.
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"He got where he is today by being very funny over a very long period of time" Observer "This book demonstrates his success at finding humour in the little things in life, a power that most underestimate and fewer still possess" Glasgow Herald "Nobbs reminds us that creation is composite, that there is no one inspiration, and his evocations of the process of writing justify this book all on their own. In utterly English fashion, he turned to the banal and the seemingly hapless as his sources; he emerges from the coal-mine, smeared with black dust, holding a diamond" Independent on Sunday "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today is anecdotal, angry, heartfelt and laugh-out-loud funny" Time Out "He perfectly encapsulates the British sense of humour in all its many guises. Nobbs has a matchless ear for the rich absurdities of human life - His love of finding "comedy in the little things of life" is positively inspiring" Daily Telegraph
About David Nobbs
David Nobbs was born in Kent. After university, he entered the army, then tried his hand at journalism and advertising before becoming a writer. A distinguished novelist and comedy writer best known for The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, David Nobbs was acknowledged by his peers as a comic genius. He died in August 2015.
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today by David Nobbs
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Short-listed for Saga Award for Wit 2003
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