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Comedian, birdwatcher, writer, environmental campaigner. Who is the real Bill Oddie? Best known for the wacky humor of the Goodies, and the irrepressible enthusiasm of his nature programs, 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 causesComedian, birdwatcher, writer, environmental campaigner. Who is the real Bill Oddie? Best known for the wacky humor of the Goodies, and the irrepressible enthusiasm of his nature programs, 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 1960s 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 one of the biggest comedy hits of the 1970s—bringing a new brand of surreal humor to our screens. Now as Britain's favorite birdwatcher Bill has turned his private passion into his most public role and hosted more than 20 nature programs 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 as unconventional as the man himself....

Title : One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg: My Autobiography
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ISBN : 9780340951927
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg: My Autobiography Reviews

  • Margaret
    2019-02-25 15:22

    The autobiography of one of the Goodies, and birdwatcher extraordinaire.A warm, quirky, thought provoking read.Bill Oddie is an incredibly interesting human being.

  • Anne
    2019-02-23 14:14

    Bill Oddie is well known on British TV for comedy and for presenting wildlife programmes. He has never hidden the fact that he also suffers from depression. This book is a very honest account. From a childhood overshadowed by seeing his mother violent and taken to a mental hospital, to being taken to see her at age 15 and not knowing her. Later he does the TV programme "Who Do You Think You Are" and finds out what happened to his mother to make her act like this.Unfortunately he inherits depression too and is hospitalised a number of times. Luckily he has a wonderful loving family who support him. Parts of the book are in a different type face which I found difficult to read.A very honest book which is written with humour and also with sadness.

  • Richard
    2019-02-23 20:15

    The man is one of the most versatile and talented people around, But this book reveals the dark times in his life due to his bipolar condition, his mentally unstable mother, the secrets he uncovered as he grew up and how it still affects him even now, there are also some genuinely laugh out loud moments and loads of his distinctive wit with plenty of interesting stories and gossip about famous people, a really great read that I thoroughly enjoyed, Bill Oddie is a true legend.

  • Pete daPixie
    2019-03-09 17:26

    A book purchased for 50p from a car boot sale on my behalf. Although I have some ornithological interest and own a copy of Bill Oddie's Birding Map of Britain and Ireland, I much prefer my natural history tv presenters in the shape of Michaela Strachan or Ellie Harrison. B.O.'s previous incarnation as a funny man in 'The Goodies' was never my cup of tea.'One Flew into the Cuckoo's Egg' perhaps should have been titled 'One Blew into the Cuckoo's Egg', but I'm sure Mr Oddie would wish to forget his egg stealing days. However, this autobiography was very engaging, with his family history investigations quite endearing. All his past sins of goodie, goodie, yum yum were instantly forgiven as he recounted his struggles with breakdowns and depression. Written in a unique style and as it says on the front sleeve, this is not a bird book!

  • Richard
    2019-03-22 15:34

    This is a very interesting book, and one I enjoyed very much. Interesting format, with Bill interviewing himself (although reading it I felt it was Graeme Garden asking the questions). I have never read anything about dpression before, I found that aspect of the book very interesting. Thanks Bill for being so open. And, as a bonus, I've never read a book with so many !!!!!! in it. 19.2.10

  • Lynne - The Book Squirrel
    2019-03-03 17:30

    A very funny autobiography with some very sad parts too.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-24 17:36

    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 as it doesn't deal much with his birding (try "Follow That Bird" instead - golden).If you're reading this for Goodies Gossip - don't bother, there isn't much in the way of Goodies news or information.However, the story of Bill's early years, and the struggles with his mother's mental illness is vividly recalled and delicately written. There's also a raw honesty which is often missing from celebrity autobiographies.The second half of the book is written in a Q&A style which does get tired, but I suppose was a good technique to cover a lot of different topics without having to keep it all in some kind of order.It's a good read, it feels honest and it's written beautifully. Worth a second read, to be honest.

  • Sharyn
    2019-03-16 21:19

    Still reading this but its slow going. Its not that it is not an interesting book, but I think my reading mood is for a meaty story so this probably wasn't the best choice for next book ... am going to give it a red hot go over next few days and hopefully get into it! Sorry Bill.I have finished!! This is really a good book. A great read and not at all like other autobiographies I have read. He is an interesting person who has a novel way of telling his story - but then I have loved a lot of his prior writing (ie The Goodies). I would recommend this to anyone who loves Bill Oddie and/or biographies!

  • Sharon
    2019-03-13 19:19

    I found this to be a book of two halves. I was really taken by the honest accounts of his childhood, his mother’s and his own problems with mental disorders, and how he got into the birding side of things. The question and answer style of the second half was a little strange and the goodies part just didn’t appeal but I can’t knock it for that as it was just personal preference as I didn’t follow him in those days. Altogether a really interesting account of a talented and multi-faceted individual.

  • Derelict Space Sheep
    2019-03-10 17:34

    42 WORD REVIEW:Bill Oddie’s autobiography largely omits both birdwatching and The Goodies, preferring instead Oddie’s rather bleak childhood and pre-celebrity years (an engaging reminiscence by someone who’s come to terms with his demons), then his post-celebrity battles with depression (detailed honestly and without self-pity).

  • Sharon
    2019-03-11 20:36

    Diffrent to what I thought it would be about. 1st half is great, dealing with his early years, 2nd half not so great, with the interview style being off putting at times.If you are looking for anything on the goodies, don't bother as that period is pretty much glossed over.Was intregued by the remark about Steve Irwin though, wonder what he meant by it?

  • Michael
    2019-03-07 15:26

    Well it was just Bill Oddie's autobiography. He takes the novel approach of interviewing himself and refusing to answer lots of his own questions because he's already written about that stuff in other books. It was interesting but unsurprising. He is certainly a very talented individual. If you're a fan then read it.

  • Triduana
    2019-03-20 19:12

    An enjoyable read, I wasn't too keen on the interview-style writing in the second half of the book though.

  • Marfita
    2019-03-01 15:23

    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.