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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The original best-selling autobiography by comedian, novelist and national treasure Stephen Fry.

Few people serve time in prison before studying at Cambridge. You might be surprised to know that Stephen Fry is one of them.

Moab is My Washpot, the remarkable story of Stephen Fry's tumultuous early life, is by turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively listenable.

It's the story of a boy sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, who survives beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at 18, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger.

Fry writes with the wit and warmth which have become his hallmark, but with shocking candour too. For anyone seeking to understand one of Britain's greatest cultural treasures, this book is utterly essential reading.

©1997 Stephen Fry (P)1997 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Stephen Fry is one of the great originals. This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion. That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status." (Financial Times)

"He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood - some of his bursts of smile take the breath away - his most satisfying and appealing book so far." (Observer)

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A truly Pleonastic book

I thoroughly enjoyed the language and the narrative exuberance of Mr Stephen Fry!
In my humble opinion, the book is really brought alive by it's narration more than just words.

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  • Lucy
  • 30-05-11

Listen to the Fry Chronicles First / Instead

If you're interested in Stephen Fry, start (and perhaps also finish) with the Fry Chronicles instead (Fry's autobiography of the second twenty years of his life). While Fry narrates both autobiographies exquisitely, Moab is My Washpot (of his first twenty years), is less interesting and calls for a good reining in and editing (even more than the Chronicles). The most interesting part, for me, was his account of how thoroughly he was tormented by his inner-devils as a child and adolescent, and how completely he screwed his life up, and then how he took control of his life and made such a success of himself. Parents and teachers take note that Fry leaves no details out of his early sexual experiences, from his more solo adventures to a rather worrying deflowering by an older boy at school. Probably more for die-hard Fry fans.

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  • Steve
  • 24-11-10

Genius

This man is a wordsmith of the highest degree and totally enjoyable to listen to. Only Stephen Fry could have read his own book and he did it brilliantly.
One problem - now I listen to other peoples autobiographies they mostly seem shallow and poorly written and have little detail as Frys writings have in spades.

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  • Helen
  • 16-08-12

Brutal honesty, mature reflection and lots of fun

What did you love best about Moab Is My Washpot?

A jolly good English romp but with enough humour and twists to prevent it being too toff. Although it mostly talks about Fry's education in the British Public School system, his is no conventional itinerary: there is the foreign family background, the gay consciousness and the never ending maverickness which caused some laugh out loud moments.
He also writes with brutal honesty about adolescent infatuations and shortcomings. Much cringeworthy humour there comes from the reader/listener finding parallels in their own past - whatever their sex and background.
If you wanted to nit-pick, you could say that Fry, being so very clever with words and style, can't help himself at times and manipulates the reader, stringing out the moment of a revelation with too many incidental diversions or padding out stories to an extent that can sometimes be a little annoying. And sometimes he sounds a bit too pompous in his delivery. But overall, these are very minor complaints and the book is an enjoyable listen from start to finish, especially as you know you are getting the whole story from the horse's mouth, the way he intends it to be heard.
I found out about this book through listening to the Fry chronicles which I also loved. The two cover quite different biographical ground and are fun in different ways and I recommend them both.

Any additional comments?

You can have fun trying to work out what the title means! He doesn't explain it.

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  • Brodie
  • 08-06-14

My one and only Perfect 10

In truth this is not everyone's cuppa because you had to have been there to really, and I mean really, 'get it'. I was, albeit before Fry Minor and at a different school but through his recollections and story telling I was reacquainted with senses, events and people I had long forgotten. It is a magical carpet ride, a parallel universe where everything was the same, only the names different (we even had our own Stephen Fry!). Be warned, expletives are therein aplenty but when used in Fry's context, in his delivery, they are an important part of the adjectival pallet. Thank you Stephen for your intellect and courage and supreme sense of humour and contriteness. Long may you continue to scribe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-17

loved every moment

so beautiful. .such English language to die for. loved every minute. Having attended a similar private school s
for girls,I chuckled at Fry's wonderful escapades.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 15-09-15

Brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable

Firstly, I love listening to Stephen Fry's voice!
I admire greatly his artful use of the English language. And appreciate his candour. There are so many beautifully written sentences in this book that one wants to pore over.
Whether he believes it or not Stephen Fry makes the world a better place.

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  • Lesley
  • 23-06-15

Interesting, but very wordy

If you could sum up Moab Is My Washpot in three words, what would they be?

Too much information!

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Fry? Why or why not?

Yes, absolutely. I've already listened to The Fry Chronicles, which follows this one, and it's better. I'm planning on getting the third, after I've caught up on some other reading.

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

I did find it rather long-winded, and it dragged a little at times. Nevertheless, I'm glad to have read it.

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers have mentioned some explicit scenes and vulgarities. Certainly I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under the age of consent, and in some places there was rather more detail than I was comfortable with - but I expect non-fiction to take me outside my comfort zone from time to time. If you're a Steven Fry fan, and you want to know about his life, you will want to read this. If you don't, you will always be wondering if you missed something important.

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  • 04-12-14

Aural Pleasure

Would you listen to Moab Is My Washpot again? Why?

Yes, yes and thrice yes. I will probably listen more than twice!

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and his life laid bare.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favorite?

Himself???

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end....very sad....

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  • Suzanne
  • 01-12-13

I want to hug Stephen Fry

Would you consider the audio edition of Moab Is My Washpot to be better than the print version?

I enjoy audio versions, especially those read by the author as you can feel the real emotion behind the words. It's always easier to listen to someone than to read and interpret for yourself how they feel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Moab Is My Washpot?

The intensity of feeling for 'Mateo'

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

Stephen Fry

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, though my busy life would not allow this so it became my bedtime and overnight stay in hospital listen.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite it being a little angry and dark in places. I have a new found love of Stephen Fry.

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  • Kevin
  • 23-12-12

Essential Reading

This has to be one of the best audiobooks ever published. The autobiography details the early life of a confused, and later, delinquent young man. It is painfully honest, and read by the author, is both incredibly powerful and amusing. This should be on everyone's listening list - it's what the audiobook was invented for!

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  • Chris
  • 19-09-10

A gripping account of Fry's Adolescence

This is one of those books that just has to be read by the author to do it justice. Fry reads this book passionately and emotionally, naturally using the English language to it's best extent. Fry cuts through each sentence in a beautifully poetic way!

This is a incredibly honest and frank account of Fry's school days. Most memorable parts are his hatred of games (particularly swimming), his ongoing battles over his love of music, his first crush (which consumed him every second of the day), and his petty crimes which culminated in a Jail sentence.

A word of warning, Stephen's very fragrant use of words and detailed descriptions of his sexual emotions may offend!

I couldn't stop listening to this book and wish it wasn't all over!

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  • mathew
  • 17-10-10

Wonderful.

I can think of nothing better than listening to this author narrating a book about the events and perils of his early life. Frank, sometimes toe curling, often laugh out loud funny but never dull. Every fan of audiobooks should own this.

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  • Hannah-rose
  • 10-12-15

thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend

so bravely honest and unknowingly inspiring. enjoyable to share in Stephens life and hear it told from the horses mouth.

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  • John Bates
  • 19-08-10

An Honest Account

If you like Stephen Fry (and who doesn't) you'll like this auto-biographical account of Stephen's early years. It's an honest tale of childhood and teenage memories and Stephen talks openly about his upbringing and misconducts in a way that you don't expect to hear from such a public figure. And you can't help but respect him the more for it.
I looked forward to my commute each day simply to hear the next instalment of this clearly narrated book.

This book is also a tale of how, with enough determination, it is possible to turn your life around.

Highly Recommended.

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  • Gordon
  • 15-08-15

Wonderfully and happily disappointing

To know that such s great brain can, like us all, be fuelled by life's devilish temptations heartens one!

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  • Sarah
  • 04-08-15

A good listen

An interesting listen. Some quite graphic scenes. Not for those that don't like swear words.

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  • Glenn
  • 23-07-15

Like a private discussion with Stephen Fry

What made the experience of listening to Moab Is My Washpot the most enjoyable?

Stephen Fry narrated by Stephen Fry was wonderful. It was like he was confiding his most intimate secrets.

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

Stephen Fry is a natural story teller. His honesty in his writing and the soothness of his voice make a perfect combination for an audible book.

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

The book takes you on a journey of laughter and humour to glimpses of deeper, darker areas of Stephen Fry's mind.

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  • Russ Coupe
  • 14-07-15

Yet again, brilliant!

For some reason I have read the collection of Mr Fry's autobio's back words, none the less have found every one a brilliant read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-17

Anyone will enjoy this book

Please don't leave this book unread truely an amazing story not what you'd be expecting

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  • Joey
  • 27-08-21

Absolutely loved it!

Stephen Fry is just so interesting and funny. I adore his self deprecating humour. This performance of his novel is just wonderful and reminds me of naughty children in an Enid Blyton story. No sooner had it finished, I had to listen to it again. Fantastic 'thringgggggg'!

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  • Liam Chisari
  • 31-03-21

Unmissable

An unforgettable and absorbing look into the life of a young Stephen J. Fry. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

An honest account

Stephen has written what must have been a very difficult book for him. I admire his honesty and although in his youth he did some unforgivable things , his baring of his young life has only made him go up in my estimation. Great book, thought provoking. Congratulations to Mr Fry for changing his life

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  • Victoria King
  • 20-10-20

Wonderful wonderful Fry

I absolutely loved this. Stephen Fry is a joy to listen to in every way

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  • lynn p.
  • 20-09-20

Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining

Whoa ... what a ride!
I was totally immersed in all the ups and downs and twists and turns that was Stephen Fry's 'oh so bold', yet remarkable early life.
Wonderful storytelling and narration.
Loved it every minute of it.
Thank you.


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  • Brynn
  • 20-09-19

humour, humility, and history

this is the first autobiography I have ever read/listened to and I'm glad I did. As a fan of Stephen Fry, it was interesting hearing him speak about his pen life and experiences. His colorful language and descriptive narrative helps the book to read like a fictitious story sprinkled with laughable quotes that I chuckled out loud to. entertaining and enjoyable!

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  • Michelle Stanton
  • 06-09-19

interesting and heartfelt

I truly felt the love longing Stephen described. he has such a way with words and a beautiful voice

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  • Dan Brake
  • 27-08-19

Fascinating honesty, beautifully told

This is only the second audiobook I have completed. I've started many others but was unable to complete them due to irritating or boring narration. I was captivated by this one though and feel impressed, enriched and inspired. Thank you Mr Fry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

Good Lord, how honest.

Mr Fry is someone I adore. I own most of his writing and watched pretty much all of his visual works. This is a brutally honest early memoir, and doesn't paint him well. Yet it does, look how it all turned out. Gives me huge hope(!). Very entertainingly written, well, what you expect from Mr Fry. Thanks Mr Fry, keep going!