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  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780753509067
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $37.99

Nearly Famous: Adventures of an After-Dinner Speaker




Firmly established in the world of entertainment, The Cat's route to fame has been through corporate and sporting dinners. He grew up loving sport and perservered despite having only one eye and an almost total absence of natural ability. His reputation as a figure of fun and his readiness to laugh at his own failures have reaped rich rewards.
How many of us have played football with Bobby Moore and George Best at Wembley, or played at Lord's, or written a poem teasing the Duke of Edinburgh for never recognising us? In Nearly Famous, The Cat writes hilariously of the many famous people he has worked with - everyone from Colin Cowdrey, Bobby Robson and Terry Venables to Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Billy Connolly, Eric Morcambe and Brian Johnston - and the highs and lows of that most serious of businesses: making people laugh.

  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780753509067
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $37.99

About the author

Bob Bevan

Bob Bevan had a highly successful career in journalism and public relations before becoming one of the country;s most in-demand after dinner speakers. The Cat is a trustee of the Lord's Taverners, an Honorary Barker in the Variety Club and a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats.

Praise for Nearly Famous: Adventures of an After-Dinner Speaker

He's the funniest speaker on football I have heard in all my experience.

Sir Bobby Robson

Unsuprisingly full of amusing self-depracating sporting anecdotes and gags.

The Times

This man is magic

Sir Harry Secombe CBE

More sporting laughs than you will read in a dozen sports autobiographies.

Ian Wooldridge, Daily Mail

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