What Fresh Lunacy Is This?

  • by Robert Sellers
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Oliver Reed may not have been Britain's biggest film star - for a period in the early 70s he came within a hairsbreadth of replacing Sean Connery as James Bond - but he is an august member of that small band of people, like George Best and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their chosen medium, became too big for it even, and grew into cultural icons.
For the first time Reed's close family has agreed to collaborate on a project about the man himself. The result is a fascinating new insight into a man seen by many as merely a brawling, boozing hellraiser. And yet he was so much more than this. For behind that image, which all too often he played up to in public, was a vastly complex individual, a man of deep passions and loyalty but also deep-rooted vulnerability and insecurities. Why was a proud, patriotic, intelligent, successful and erudite man so obsessed about proving himself to others, time and time again? Although the Reed myth is of Homeric proportions, he remains a national treasure and somewhat peculiar icon.

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Customer Reviews

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Thoroughly enjoyable!!

Would you consider the audio edition of What Fresh Lunacy Is This? to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version....


What was one of the most memorable moments of What Fresh Lunacy Is This??

All of it!


What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Gives very amusing distinguishable impressions of each person, which bring real life to the incredible stories.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both....Oliver Reed's life was clearly a roller coaster from start to finish.


Any additional comments?

Reed's antics are truly unbelievable, an absolute must read and the narration is just brilliant...One of the best biographies I've ever read/heard....I strongly advise getting this book....it made my monotonous tube rides rip roaringly funny and the the time flew by!

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- Jay

Such sad sweet fun

What did you like most about What Fresh Lunacy Is This??

A wonderfully read account of the life and times of the late great Mr Reed - the pace and depth of insight and speculation about his motives (and others) hits the right balance. To hear his exploits is heartening, amazing and sometimes very moving...by the time the story of his death is played out, tears were in my eyes.


What other book might you compare What Fresh Lunacy Is This? to, and why?

Red Carpets and other Banana Skins - Rupert Everett


What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A lovely gift for voices and sccents


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very moving - sometimes shocked by his behavior, sometimes amazed and in the end it felt like somebdy I knew had been taken too soon.


Any additional comments?

Better than other available biographies.

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- ReadingWild

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios