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This warm portrait of Douglas Adams by his close friend, Nick Webb (himself a noted publisher) is here brought up-to-date to include the recent legacy of one of the world's most beloved writers. 'A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', the 'trilogy' of five books, sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and continues to find new audiences. The book captures the largeness of this man who gave the big things in life their proper due. His childhood was unusual, his enthusiasms overwhelming, his gift for friendship immense and his private life intense. Nick Webb, with the help of the Adams family and their mutual friends, has created a wonderful portrait of a brilliant and complex man whose early death is still mourned by millions of fans around the world.
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Nick Webb was formerly the Managing Director of the publishing company Simon & Schuster in the UK and now devotes his time to consultancy and academic study. He is the author of a number of works including the recently published 'Dictionary of Political Bullshit'. He lives in London with his wife.From Publishers Weekly:
Webb was the editor at Britain's Pan Books who bought the book rights to Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 1978, back when it was a hit radio show on the BBC. While Webb didn't have much to do with Adams professionally after that, the two remained friendly until Adams's death, at age 49, in 2001, and that closeness pervades this authorized biography and its conversational tone. That doesn't mean the story is sugarcoated; Adams is occasionally chided for his emotional thickness, and Webb deals frankly with the consequences of his chronic slowness as a writer (one Hitchhiker novel was produced only when his editor, Sonny Mehta, booked a hotel room and sat with him as he turned out the pages). Another section addresses the thorny issue of who contributed what to the zany plot line of the radio series and how Adams's collaborator, John Lloyd, was nudged out of the book deal. For the most part, however, Webb genially celebrates Adams's comic talent and zest for life, aiming his account squarely at the large Hitchhiker fan base with occasional overtures to readers who don't necessarily know every nuance of the trilogy. It might be overstating matters to suggest that "before Douglas nobody had been cosmically funny," but Webb's tribute makes it easy to see why those who knew Adams admired him so greatly.
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