“If a thing can be said in ten words, I may be relied upon to take a hundred to say it. I ought to apologize for that. I ought to prune, pare and extirpate excess growth, but I will not. I like words – strike that, I love words.” – The Fry Chronicles
A celebrity autobiography can be the story of the persons life, with a narrative arc leading to their final success. Or it can be an exploration of what makes the person tick. Or it can be an amusing collection of anecdotes about the famous. Or if you are Stephen Fry with a love of words and seemingly endless stock of clever turns of phrase, you can mix all three. The result, the Fry Chronicles, is like a big pile of sweets – the sort some people do for Christmas with lots of different treats in a big bowl. And as it happens, big piles of sweets feature prominently in the early chapters as we hear in huge detail just how addicted the young Fry was to sugar in all its forms and just how much trouble that got him into.