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Jess’s Pick: Bernard Who? by Bernard Cribbins


This book reads exactly as if you were sitting with Bernard himself and he was telling you all these stories face to face! An absolutely wonderful read, and having met him in person recently, I can promise that this book portrays his personality perfectly – quite a joker, and a lovely talkative person. I could hardly bear to put this down once I started reading it, and I would love to read it again soon.

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The long-awaited autobiography of national treasure Bernard Cribbins. Bernard Cribbins’s life has been an eventful one. In 1943, he left school aged fourteen and joined Oldham Repertory Company where he earned fifteen bob for a seventy-hour week. After being called up for National Service in 1946 he became a paratrooper and spent several months in Palestine being shot at. On returning home, and to the theatre, Bernard was eventually approached by George Martin, then an A&R man for Parlophone Records, who suggested he made a record. Just months away from producing The Beatles, Martin asked Bernard to come to Abbey Road Studios in north London and, after teaching him how to sing into a microphone, they eventually recorded two hit singles – ‘The Hole in the Ground’ and ‘Right Said Fred’.


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