One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg

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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Whose first records were produced by George Martin, and who had two singles banned by the BBC?
Who earned rare reviews on Broadway for his dancing?
Who rode on the back seat of the Goodies’ trandem?
Who has been called ‘Britain’s best-known birdwatcher’?
Who had his first clinical depression in his 60th year, and has only just discovered why?
Who has written an autobiography that is as witty, candid and unconventional as the man himself?
Answer to all of the above – Bill Oddie
Bill Oddie is best known for the wacky humour of the Goodies, and the irrepressible enthusiasm of his nature programmes, off screen there has been a darker side. Bill has suffered from bouts of depression which have more than once taken him to the brink. Now he is back in control and wiser about the causes and the cure.
Here he describes the childhood blighted by the absence of his mother who had been committed to a mental asylum when he was small. It was a lonely and difficult start to life, but there were to be happier times. Touring with the Cambridge Footlights in the l960s saw him alongside the greatest comic talents of his generation – John Cleese and of course fellow Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden. Soon the Goodies were to become on of the biggest comedy hits of the 70s – bringing a new brand of surreal humour to our screens.
Now as Britain’s favourite birdwatcher Bill has turned his private passion into his most public role and presented more than 20 nature programmes for the BBC. He has also become a fervent and outspoken campaigner for the environment.
It has been an extraordinary and far from straightforward journey. Bill Oddie takes us along with him in a memoir which is as witty, candid, curious and unconventional as the man himself.

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Review: One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg: My Autobiography

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What I learned? If your mom spends all your young life in an institution, don't think THAT'S NORMAL and go get your head examined. Read full review

Review: One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg: My Autobiography

User Review  - Lyn - Goodreads

As someone who has loved Bill Oddie for as long as I can remember (Yep, grew up with the Goodies), this book was irresistible. If you're a fan of Bill's Bird Books you may find this one disappointing ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Bill Oddie - aged 66, Comedy writer, pop singer, musician, TV presenter, naturalist, depressive, environmental campaigner, author and O.B.E. Husband of two, father of three.

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