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Stephen Fry is someone I admire very much for his intelligence and wit, and I have enjoyed watching him on the telly for a number of years in shows like Jeeves and Wooster and more recently, in QI. I did know he was an author, but I had never read any of his work before reading this novel, ... Read review
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History Mystery

Advantageswell written and researched science fiction novel, different to other approaches to the same idea

Disadvantagesscripted sections were poor, it took all of book one to set the scene fully for me

"Stephen Fry is someone I admire very much for his intelligence and wit, and I have enjoyed watching him on the telly for a number of years in shows like Jeeves and Wooster and more recently, in QI. I did know he was an author, but I had never read any of his work before reading this novel, and I was interested to read it and see if his talents worked equally as well in written format. This is a fictional novel, in the science fiction genre. It is ..." Read review
15.12.2011

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A Better World?

AdvantagesWitty, thought-provoking, absorbing and imaginative

DisadvantagesSome unexplained holes in the story-lines

"...something of Fry himself. In Making History, the main character and main narrator, Michael "Puppy" Young is a naive and somewhat glib Cambridge University History scholar writing a thesis on the early life of Adolf Hitler. Fry of course studied at Cambridge (English not History). His father is a scientist and his mother an Austrian immigrant. Auswitz features prominently in the novel and anyone watching the recent television programme "Who do they ..." Read review
11.02.2006

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Why We Should Thank Hitler

AdvantagesExcellent debating potential, fascinating subject

DisadvantagesDrags slightly in places

"...question that is central to Making History and if you immediately replied "yes", think again. Stephen Fry explores some interesting issues in this novel, not to mention some controversial ones. It's even more fascinating if you've seen Fry on Who Do You Think You Are, when he traced his mother's Jewish family back to the concentration camps they died in. You'd think that Fry would be the last person to suggest that the world would be a worse place ..." Read review
26.03.2008

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Squonk

His best novel to date

Advantagesgreat fun

Disadvantagesstylistic shift to screenplay format in some chapters may be annoying for some

"Having read all of Fry`s novels I would rate this as his best to date and in content it is certainly on very different ground to his other work. A time travel story, it concerns a young postgraduate who teams up with an eccentric Jewish professor to alter history by preventing the birth of Adolf Hitler, thereby creating a world in which history took a very different course and allowing Fry to play with a What if? idea as he creates a present with ..." Read review
14.03.2001

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lewiscrofts

history and humour

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Disadvantagesnone

"This is a fine example of Fry’s exceptional learning combined with his wit. He combines the modern with the historical in conflating the present struggles and intrigues of a student and a scientist and the past escapades of a pseudo-Hitler figure. The parallel plots are difficult to follow at first but they soon come together presenting a beautifully rich narrative. This is a compelling read that is witty but never gets bogged down in frivolity, continually ..." Read review
14.07.2000

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This story is in essence about briefcases, but it also explores the themes of high-energy physics and its impact on male contraception; love and the morality of joint car ownership in the late-20th century; and the consequences to world history of altering the water supply of a small Austrian lake. See all Product Description

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Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title Making History
Author Stephen Fry
ISBN 0091791413; 0099457067; 0099464810; 0679459553; 1569471509

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