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10 thoughts on “My Family and Other Strangers

  1. says:

    This is a slightly strange book Only for fans of Jeremy Hardy and possibly genealogy fans It has the flavour of a book to order where his heart isn't fully into it there are many visits to historical family locations where he arrives unprepared and visits to museums that are closed and a few comments where he says he doesn't know the facts and could probably have found them on the internet without too much trouble All that said it is an easy enjoyable read and most of the enjoyment was from other anecdotes that aren't that relevant to the main story; I think it would have been better with autobiography in it


  2. says:

    Jeremy Hardy looks into his family’s history in a short and entertaining book While his family’s genealogy is not terribly fascinating he discovers lots about his ancestors and I loved hearing Jeremy’s voice once again I really miss him on the News uiz or I’m sorry I Haven’t a Clue


  3. says:

    I admit when I pulled this book out from my TBR pile I wondered 'Now why exactly did I buy this?' Not that I don't like Jeremy Hardy but he's not on the list of people I find so amazing that I think I need to ownreadlisten to everything by them and I also was never that interested genealogy Still I decided that now that I have it I could as well read it and I did not regret itIt is true that it is somewhat hard to get terribly exited about somebody else finding a birth certificate of their great great aunt or similar things and overall Hardy does not present the sections dealing directly with geneology in the best way Often he throws just a lot of names at the reader and I rarely remembered who exactly these people were there is a family tree at the beginning of the book but a I hate it when I have to look up names all the time and b it's just a family tree of his direct ancestors ie his parents their parents and so on no aunts uncles cousins etc and uite often in his research he also searches for them Then you can't help but feel that towards the end he got a bit tired of searching himself In the last few chapters there seems to be just a repeat of him going to place X where one of his ancestors might have lived but not bothering with prepearing anything in advance so he's just standing there pretty helpless and ends up getting nolittle information because he couldn't be bothered to check a map of phone people in advanceDespite this I did enjoy that book very much and that's because of all the parts that don't deal directly with his family history or not at all as he goes off tamgent uite freuently He talks about himself occasionally and these parts are and yes I guess you are alowed to hit me for using a phrase that's terribly overused when it comes to describing memoirs painfully honest He doesn't try to sugarcoat his actions So he talks about his campaining in Northern Ireland and that he stopped after one of his friends was killed because it was easy for him as he wasn't Irish himself or lived in Ireland There's no 'I go distracted by other things' or anything like that just 'I couldn't do it any' I have read some memoirs by comedians and I can't remember that amount of honesty anywhere elseNot everything is personal some things are just observations I very much agreed with Other people might not And overall it was a really interessting read though it probably isn't a book for everyone


  4. says:

    Hardy shows that family history research is not like it is on the telly When the BBC film some celebrity learning about their ancestors all the research has been done beforehand by various archives and local studies staff repeatedly contacted by harangued researchers Plus they only ever make programmes about celebs with 'interesting' forebears Hardy has a lot of labourers and tradesmen on his line and finds that genealogy involves doing actual work Although it didn't have a lot of interesting people in it and the book reminded me why a person's family history is only worth hearing about if there's a nice juicy murder or some such scandal I did find myself warming to Hardy and enjoyed his writing style


  5. says:

    I didn't dislike this book it's just hard to get really involved in someone else's genealogy If you like Jeremy Hardy or British genealogy you'll be fine I had barely heard of him except via Craig Ferguson but he is a funny guy I follow him on Twitter He supports some great causes But when I went to look for the book I couldn't get it at home Found it here in England at a larger WHSmith and read it while on vacation here a nice match of context Then luckily again from a tweet caught Mr Hardy on his regular BBC4 radio show as we were traversing hills and dales that topped off the experience


  6. says:

    I like Jeremy Hardy a lot I go and see him whenever he comes to Sheffield; even when he stays in his dressing room Reference to gig when the audience waited increasingly impatiently for half and hour while he waited patiently for a call to come to the stage Misunderstanding and uickly forgotten once he got into his stride I listen to him on the radio love him on the news uiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue He doesn't cover himself with glory with this though


  7. says:

    Jeremy Hardy is one of my favourite comedians sadly though I found this book long and dreary Yes it did have flashes of his comic genius but there were long passages of uninteresting turgid writing I am afraid I gave up half way through chapter 6 I think the problem with the book is that Jeremy tries to be his funny self and to write interestingly about his family history Unfortunately the two aims appear to get in the way of each other it finishes up being neither


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

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


  10. says:

    Having seen the late Jeremy Hardy in concert at my local theatre some years ago I picked up the book as I found his raconteur style to story telling engaging and humorous I was not disappointed I thoroughly enjoyed the book and his elouent and articulate prose was a joy Highly recommended


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My Family and Other Strangers When Jeremy Hardy decided to explore his ancestry it was in part to get to the bottom of his grandmother Rebecca's dubious claims that the family descended from a certain 17th century architect and that recently Jeremy's great grandfather was a Royal bodyguard Other legends ranged from the great aunt who ran illegal hooch during Prohibition to the wronged Victorian servant girl who bore an illegitimate Hardy not forgetting the family's rightful claim to a large country estateWild stories aside Jeremy sets out to such diverse locations as the Croydon one way system 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 about their lives

  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • My Family and Other Strangers
  • Jeremy Hardy
  • English
  • 10 June 2016
  • 9780091927509