Dave Allen

Dave Allen by Carolyn Soutar

Dave Allen: The Biography

The image of Dave Allen is seared into our minds. He sits on a tall chair with a glass of J&B, smoking his Gauloises, a fingertip missing as he tells the most hilarious, rambling stories. But what of the man behind the image? Carolyn Soutar's biography is the most revealing account of the famously private comedian, whose career began in the sixties but who remained influential to a whole new generation of comics in the 21st century. Having worked with him as his stage manager, Soutar was able to see how he behaved both on and off screen. She discusses his Irish Catholic upbringing that brought him so much anger, which he was able to turn to humour. In the sixties, he toured with the Beatles, and became a huge TV star in the following decades. This fascinating account recaptures the essence of a much-loved figure and is a warm tribute to a brilliant comedian. It uncovers much new information about the man behind the jokes and will be a perfect gift for all of him millions of fans.

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"In her book, Carolyn Soutar gives us a fascinating look behind the dazzling stage persona of Rudolph Nureyev, one of ballet's greatest stars."

".Carolyn Soutar has produced a wonderful memoir of a legendary man.I especially enjoyed her attention to detail regarding the scenery and costumes and how life backstage is an absolutely enchanting and revealing experience."

"A warm-hearted tribute to a man whose individual success helped to revolutionise all British comedy." (GLASGOW HERALD )