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One Leg Too Few may be one biography too many

William Cook's dual narrative of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore is forced and deterministic

16 November 2013

9:00 AM

16 November 2013

9:00 AM

One Leg Too Few William Cook

Preface, pp.704, £25, ISBN: 978184809333

It’s no joke, writing about comedians. Their work is funny, their lives are not. Rightly honouring the former while accurately relaying the disasters of the latter is a challenge few writers can well meet.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore have been extensively studied before. Harry Thompson published his excellent biography of Cook in 1997, Barbara Paskin her authorised biography of Moore the same year; Alexander Games’s joint biography Pete & Dud followed in 1999.

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