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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.

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