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The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson

Louis Barfe

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Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848872516

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Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848872509

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1 March 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857896704

Les Dawson was a Northern lad who climbed out of the slums thanks to an uncommonly brilliant mind.

Married twice in real life, he had a third wife in his comic world – a fictional ogre built from spare parts left by fleeing Nazis at the end of World War II – and an equally frightening mother-in-law. He was down to earth, yet given to eloquent, absurd flights of fancy. He was endlessly generous with his time, but slow to buy a round of drinks. He was a mass of contradictions. In short, he was human, he was genuine, and that’s why audiences loved him.

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