PRIZE OF THE WEEK
We know him best for his unforgettable roles with Monty Python — from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life.
Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir — sub-titled A Sortabiography — that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.
Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the 1960s and 1970s, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends.
With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart.
In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life — named after the song he wrote for the Monty Python movie, Life of Brian, which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the United Kingdom — he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades.
This is a memoir chock-full of behind-thescenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle is published by Hachette Australia, RRP $32.99.
Win! Win! Win! Country Life has two copies of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle to give away. To win a copy, send your name, address, a daytime phone number and the answer to the following question: Python’ Competition, PO Box 8000, Shepparton, 3632 by Wednesday, December 19.