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Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley

by Humphrey Lyttelton - £18.99  JR Books (2008)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781906217181 | ISBN 10: 1906217181

A feast for all his many fans and admirers, this is the great Humphrey Lyttelton's last book, a sparkling autobiographical kaleidoscope of memories, anecdotes and entertaining stories from his colourful life - from his childhood as the son of an Eton house master through to his role as the irrepressible chairman of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Very much a renaissance person - musician, writer, cartoonist, calligrapher and broadcaster - Humph was descended from a long line of land-owning, political, clerical, scholastic and literary forebears. He claimed to have most in common with one of his more notorious relatives, who was executed for his part in the Gunpowder Plot. Last Chorus draws on some of Humph's long-lost autobiographical writings, as well as a wealth of other material, including excerpts from previously unseen private diaries, embellished with his own cartoons, caricatures and photos from the family album. Whether sneaking off from the annual Harrow-Eton cricket match to buy his first trumpet, wading ashore in Italy during World War 2 with a rifle in one hand and a trumpet in the other, or playing alongside jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, Humph was very much his own man, and is vividly brought to life in this witty and engaging self-portrait.

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