Stephen Fry sits alongside the likes of Ian McKellen as one of the most beloved people in the pantheon of famous gay men and women. Now the polymath is letting us back into his life again as his latest memoir, More Fool Me, is due to be published in the UK on September 26th.
In 1997 he brought us Moab Is My Washpot, which covered the first 20 years of his life. Then in 2010 we got the The Fry Chronicles, which looked at his early success in the 1980s. More Fool Me takes us into one of the most tumultuous times in his life. As the 80s drew to a close, he discovered a most enjoyable way to burn the candle at both ends, and took to excess like a duck to water.
Writing and recording by day, and haunting a never ending series of celebrity parties, drinking dens, and poker games by night, in a ludicrous and impressive act of bravado, he fooled all those except the very closest to him, some of whom were most enjoyably engaged in the same dance. He was – to all intents and purposes – a high functioning addict. Blazing brightly and partying wildly as the 80s turned to the 90s, AIDS became an epidemic and politics turned really nasty, he was so busy, so distracted by the high life, that he could hardly see the inevitable, headlong tumble that must surely follow…
Containing raw, electric extracts from his diaries of the time, More Fool Me looks at a man driven to create and to entertain – revealing a side to himself he has long kept hidden.
Alongside the release of the book, Picturehouse Entertainment and Penguin Books are broadcasting Stephen Fry’s one man show at the Royal Festival Hall via satellite in high definition to over 280 cinemas in the UK on the 1st October at 7.30pm. The event will also be broadcast globally to over 130 cinemas across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, German, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and Norway (although not all these countries will get it on October 1st). It will be the biggest global book launch event ever staged. You can watch the trailer for the event below.
Fans are also being invited to follow & tweet @MoreFoolFry on #FryDay 26th September (you can also follow his own account @StephenFry), which will feature exclusive content, quotes and witticisms on Twitter – drawing on everything from a Bit of Fry & Laurie, QI, to Blackadder. That #Fryday will see aslo Stephen answering fan questions in a global Apple iBooks Twitter Q&A – This will kick off at 2pm Friday 26 September the first of it’s kind to mark the release of a book in the UK. Get involved & follow @iBooks.