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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeremy Hardy Narrator: Jeremy Hardy Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Jeremy Hardy decided to explore his ancestry it was, in part, to get to the bottom of his grandmother Becky's dubious claims that the family descended from a certain 17th-century architect and that, more recently, Jeremy's great grandfather was personal bodyguard and confidant to the King. Other legends range from the uncle who died in police custody to the wronged Victorian aunt who bore an illegitimate son.

Wild stories aside, Jeremy sets out to investogate in such diverse locations as the public library and the hostile waters around Malta in order to find traces of recognisable family traits and a sense of how he came to be. With wry humour and a keen eye for the absurd and the frustrating, Jeremy takes us on a by turns funny and moving journey into the world of family ancestry.

My Family and Other Strangers will be enjoyed by anyone who has tried to decipher the 1901 census records, or simply wishes they too had asked their grandparents more about their lives.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 4/10/2012

    " This is something of a stream of consciousness, with a whiff of "I've been told to write this book so I'd better get something down" However, I enjoy Jeremy Hardy and the book was very much 'him', very wry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul Doody | 1/25/2012

    " Comedian Jeremy Hardy traces his family tree and clears up some family myths. Touching and funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Simon | 9/11/2011

    " I like Jeremy Hardy al to. I go and see him whenever he comes to Sheffield; even when he stays in his dressing room. I listen to him on the radio, love him on the news quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He doesn't cover himself with glory with this though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/27/2011

    " This is something of a stream of consciousness, with a whiff of "I've been told to write this book so I'd better get something down" However, I enjoy Jeremy Hardy and the book was very much 'him', very wry. "

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