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I Was Douglas Adams’s Flatmate

Andrew McGibbon

I Was Douglas Adams’s Flatmate: and Other Encounters with Legends, by Andrew McGibbon: from the brilliant Radio 4 I Was. . . series comes a funny and revealing book of personal stories of how ordinary people have taken to living or working with great stars.

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Based on his Radio 4 series, Andrew McGibbon brings his sharp and witty attention to a group of people who spent time with legendary figures. Each interview gives the individual’s unique account of their association and offers an intimate portrait that humanises the artist. Relieved of the burden of a biographer, these glimpses, full of anecdote and detail, show the subjects in a different light, close-up and often very personal. Because while the legends encountered may be or have been extraordinary people they still suffered ailments, drank to excess occasionally, bumped their heads and fell in love.

Featuring Ernest Hemingway’s La Secretaria, Johnny Cash’s Tailor, Moazzem Begg’s Lawyer, Tina Turner’s Only White Dancer, Les Dawson’s Gag Writer and a host of significant others, I Was Douglas Adams’s Flatmate finishes with the author’s own account, full of glorious and lurid detail, of his time as Morrissey’s Drummer.


Andrew is a comedy writer, performer, director and producer who has made comedies for TV and radio starring Harry Shearer, Bob Monkhouse, John Bird, John Sessions, Bill Nighy, Sally Phillips and Fiona Allen. As a drummer he has recorded albums with Morrissey (Viva Hate, Bona Drag, Kill Uncle), Peter Gabriel (Peace Together), My Bloody Valentine (Glider), Bucks Fizz (New Beginnings),…

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