So Farewell Then: The Untold Life of Peter Cook

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Caustic and cruel but effortlessly witty, Peter Cook was one of the most significant influences on British comedy in the last half-century as well as one of the prime architects of the satire boom of the 1960s. He achieved fame through the comedy sketch show Not Only But Also, where he starred alongside Dudley Moore. While the responsibility of being regarded as a comic guru could have weighed heavily upon his shoulders, the one thing Peter always refused adamantly was to take himself or his career seriously. Wendy E. Cook met Peter in the early 1960s; they soon married, and they lived together during the most explosive time in Peter's amazing career. But as Peter fell deeper into drinking, Wendy eventually moved away with their children, and later divorced her husband. Now, more than 30 years after their separation and more than a decade after his death, Wendy has broken her long silence. This is her take on the Peter Cook few have seen, and the life of one of Britain’s most noted comedic geniuses.

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Wendy E. Cook helped her husband in founding the Establishment clubs in London and New York, and financed the satirical magazine Private Eye. She later became an expert in biodynamic food and cookery and is the author of two books on the subject, The BioDynamic Food and Cookbook and Foodwise.

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'An evocative and moving account of Cook's beginnings' Daily Express 'Her candid disclosures reveal a side of the man the fans never saw.' Sunday Express 'Peter was a wit, it goes without saying, but he was funny in an almost supernatural way that has never been matched by anyone I've met or even heard about.' Stephen Fry 'If there is a heaven he will be the funniest man there.' Clive Anderson 'Possibly the funniest man in the Western world. From his early 20s, nobody could hold a candle to him.' Daily Mail

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