For years, acclaimed comedian Des Bishop wanted to write a show about his father. He and his father collaborated on "My Dad Was Nearly James Bond" - a celebration of what Des calls 'the heroics of fatherhood'. This title presents a memoir inspired by the stage show.
For years acclaimed comedian Des Bishop wanted to write a show about his father. Mike Bishop was a model and actor who gave up that life to become a hard-working man of the suburbs - a good husband, a caring father, a responsible citizen. Still, he sometimes talked wistfully about the glamourous life he might have had. But after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2009, Mike's regrets about his fantasy other life crumbled. He cherished his family and they came together to surround him with love, laughter, tears and talk. Lots of talk.
The insights that emerged during Mike Bishop's illness became the show his son always wanted to stage. He and his father collaborated on My Dad Was Nearly James Bond - a hilarious, outrageous and moving celebration of what Des calls 'the heroics of fatherhood'. The show has attracted rave reviews and sell-out audiences around the world.
Mike Bishop died in February 2011. Now Des has written a memoir inspired by the stage show, by the startling discoveries he made about his father's background before he died, and by his own realization of what it means to finally grow up. The book is a funny, wise and unforgettable story of a father, a son and what really matters.
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A totally compelling story about a father's sacrifices, and the midlife awakening of an errant son ... He brings honesty, perceptiveness and thirty-five years' worth of bottled-up love * Guardian - on the stage show, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond * One of the most funny, moving and satisfying hours of comedy you're likely to see this year. Deeply personal and touching, yet never over-emotional, this is truly inspiring. * Time Out - on the stage show, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond * Will make your spirit soar as you laugh your socks off and feel your heart squeezed ... a show about family, growing up and dealing with life's big moments * Chortle.co.uk - on the stage show, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond * Listening to Bishop talk about his father - passionate, thoughtful, realistic - you realize that finding the humour in terminal illness sounds like a rather noble way of looking at both life and death * Irish Times *
About Des Bishop
Des Bishop grew up in Queen's, New York, and moved to Ireland in 1990, when he was 14. He has worked as a comedian since the late 1990s. He lives in Dublin.
My Dad Was Nearly James Bond by Des Bishop
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