GRAHAM CHAPMAN BOOKS

The Odd Job
by Bernard McKenna and Colin Bostock-Smith

(the novelization of the film that was co-written, co-produced by, and starred Graham Chapman; it is about an English gentleman who becomes depressed when his wife leaves him and hires an odd job man to help him commit suicide and then changes his mind)

  • Arrow Books, 1978 (U.K.) ISBN 0-09-918950-X (paperback)

 


This is Their Life: An Insight Into the Unseen Lives of Your Favourite T.V. Personalities
written by Jonathan Meades

(a collection of background details, facts and figures, family statistics, birthdates, and other biographical data on hundreds of British and American television personalities; includes information about Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Michael Palin; the book mentions Graham's openness about his homosexuality and that if John were an inch taller, the book says, he would be medically classified as a 'giant')

  • Salamander Books Ltd., 1979 (n.d.) (U.K.) ISBN 0-86101-044-2 (paperback)

A Liar's Autobiography, Vol. VI
by Graham Chapman

(an autobiography by Graham Chapman; Chapman begins with lengthier fantasy passages, and eases into his own real-life story; he frankly discusses his battle with alcohol, his homosexuality, his medical studies, and his involvement with Python; written contributions were also provided by David Sherlock, Alex Martin, David Yallop, and Douglas Adams; it is also available on audio cassette)

  • Eyre Methuen, Ltd., 1980 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-47570-0 (hardcover) (cover dustjacket features a drawing of Graham as Gilliam's naked-policeman)
  • Magnum Books/Methuen Paperbacks, Ltd., 1981 (U.K.) ISBN 0-417-07200-7 (paperback)
  • Methuen London, Ltd., 1984 (U.K.) ISBN 0-417-07200-7 (paperback)
  • Methuen, 19*** (U.S.) ISBN 0-416-00901-8 (hardcover)
  • Mandarin, 1991 ISBN 0-7493-0817-6 (paperback)
  • Methuen Publishing Ltd., 1999 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-74090-0 (paperback) (this edition includes 'a bit after the end' by Eric Idle which he wrote in 1991)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

(book contains scripts and photos, with program notes throughout by Terry Jones and Michael Palin, book includes "Introduction" by John Cleese and the cast; also starred Graham Chapman)

  • Eyre Methuen Ltd., 1981 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-50080-2 (paperback)

 


Footlights!: A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy (1983) (see Eric Idle)


Yellowbeard
by Graham Chapman and David Sherlock

(based on the screenplay by Graham Chapman, Peter Cook, and Bernard McKenna; the story of Yellowbeard, a notorious pirate, who escapes from prison and goes in search of his son and his buried treasure; includes lots of color photos from the film; 64 pages)

  • Sphere Books Limited, 1983 (U.K.) ISBN 0-7221-2347-7 (paperback)

The Golden Skits of Wing Commander Muriel Volestrangler FRHS & BAR (1984) (see John Cleese)


Son of "Curried Eggs": A Second Helping of Classic Comedy Sketches
compiled by Roger Wilmut

(a follow-up book to Roger Wilmut's "No More Curried Eggs For Me;" this collection of British sketches includes "Sheepdog Trials" written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman written for the "At Last The 1948 Show" and "Wife-Swopping Party Song" written by Eric Idle for "Rutland Weekend Television")

  • Methuen London, Ltd., 1984 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-55170-9 (hardcover)

The Courage to Change: Hope and Help for Alcoholics and Their Families
by Dennis Wholey

(a collection of interviews with well-known alcoholics and their families, in which they discuss their battles with alcohol; included is a chapter on Graham Chapman)

  • Houghten Mifflin, 1984 (U.S.) ISBN 0-395-35977-5 (paperback)
  • Warner Books, 1986 (U.S.) ISBN 0-446-35758-8 (paperback)

The Utterly, Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book
by various arists

(contains material by Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman; included is the story of "Biggles and the Groupies" by Michael Palin; "A Christmas Fairly Story" by Terry Jones and Dougas Adams; "The Private Life of Genghis Khan" shorty story by Douglas Adams based on an original sketch by Adams and Graham Chapman; also included is a photograph of the comedy lecture with Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin)

  • William Collins, Sons & Co. Ltd., 1986 (U.K.) ISBN 0-00-637128-0 (paperback)

The Utterly, Utterly Amusing and Pretty Damn Definitive Comic Relief Revue Book
by various artists

(a collection of humor and sketches from the Comic Relief shows in support of charities in Africa such as Oxfam and Save the Children; includes is material from Grahapm Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Michael Palin; there is a page on "The Parrot Sketch Through the Ages" showing how the parrot sketch was performed in different historical periods; Horace - A Poem written by Terry Jones bug never performed; The Last Suppoer sketch written by John Cleese; the "Hendon" sketch by Terry Jones and Michael Palin; the "John and Mary" sketch written by John Cleese and Bill Oddie; "The Good Old Days" sketch by John Cleese, Marty Feldman, Graham Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor)

  • Penguin Books, 1989 (U.K.) ISBN 0-14-012153-6 (paperback)

The 90's A Look Back: A History of the 1990s Before They Happen
edited by Tony Hendra and Peter Elbling

(a large collection of comic writing about what life will be like in the 1990s; contributors include Tony Hendra, George Carlin, Penn & Teller, Bob Saget, and Bill Murray; Graham Chapman is credited on the team of writers but he is not credited for having contributed a specific chapter)

  • Avon Books, 1989 (U.S.) ISBN 0-380-75866-0 (paperback)

Graham Crackers: Fuzzy Memories, Sillybits, and Outright Lies
by Graham Chapman, compiled by Jim Yoakum

(this is a semi-sequel to Graham Chapman's "A Liar's Autobiography" written by Graham Chapman and David Sherlock, Graham's long-time companion; compiled and edited by Jim Yoakum, a good friend of Graham's; includes excerpts from Graham's college lecture tour - an entire lecture is available on CD as A Six Pack of Lies - and other interviews and sketch material; includes a foreword by John Cleese, a backward by Eric Idle, and a sideways by Terry Jones)

  • Career Press, 1997 (U.S.) ISBN 1-56414-334-1 (hardcover)

OJRIL - The Completely Incomplete Graham Chapman
by Graham Chapman, edited by Jim Yoakum

(a collection of unplubished scripts from Graham Chapman's personal archives; the collection was selected and edited by Jim Yoakum; includes the script for an hour-long television special Our Show for Ringo Starr by Chapman and Douglas Adams, the script for the pilot of Graham Chapman's unaired sitcom Jake's Journey for CBS television, a sketch called Concrete Inspector by Chapman and Jim Yoakum, and a sketch called by VD; the book includes a bibliography section contributed by Hans ten Cate of PythOnline's Daily Llama; the book also includes a foreword by Eric Idle)

  • B.T. Batsford Ltd., 1999 (U.K.) ISBN 0-7134-8605-8 (paperback)
  • Brassey's Inc., 2000 (***) ISBN 1574882708 (paperback)

I Almost Killed Goerge Burns! And Other Gut-Splitting Tales from the World's Greates Comedy Event Just for Laughs
by Andy Nulman

(a history of the Montreal Just for Laughs festival, as told by TV producer Andy Nulman, who was the CEO of Just for Laughs; the book includes an anecdote about Graham Chapman's 18 July 1987 appearance at the festival, doing one of his famous comedy lectures, at the end of which he tossed actual dead fish into the audience causing many audience members to return the next day demanding the theater pay their dry cleaning bill)

  • ECW Press, 2001 (Canada) ISBN 1-55022-464-6 (paperback)

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
by Douglas Adams

(a posthumous publication of some of Douglas Adams's writings, including the unfinished manuscript of a new Dirk Gently book, as well as stories, speeches, articles, interviews, and letters from Adams's archives; the initial edition of this book included the short story "The Private Life of Genghis Khan," based on an original sketch devised by Graham Chapman and written by Chapman and Adams for the Graham Chapman Television Show "Out of the Trees" in 1975; the story also appears in The Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book from 1986; subsequent editions of Salmon of Doubt do not have this short story due to legal issues)

  • Harmony Books/Random House, Inc., 2002 (U.S.) ISBN 1-4000-4508-8 (hardcover)

Yellowbeard: Hijinks on the High Seas!
by Graham Chapman

(Yellowbeard contains Chapman's original novel and screenplay, plus interviews with John Daly, the film's producer, and cast members Cheech & Chong, Nigel Planer, Peter Boyle, and others. Its timely release coincides with the Broadway premier of Monty Python's Spamalot)

  • Limelight Editions, 2005 (U.S.) ISBN 0879103140 (paperback) (this SKU may have been cancelled)
  • Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005 (U.S.) 0786716622 (paperback)
  • Constable and Robinson, 2005 (U.K.) ISBN 1845292286 (paperback)

Calcium Made Interesting: Sketches, Letters, Essays and Gondolas
by Graham Chapman, Jim Yoakum (Editor)

(Most of the material in this book has never before been published and offers unique insights into Chapman's life as well as his lasting impact on British comedy. Jim Yoakum included several serious essays also.)

  • Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd., 2005 (U.S.) ISBN 0283070161 (hardcover)

Life of Graham: The Authorised Biography of Graham Chapman
by Bob McCabe

(this is Graham Chapman's official biography written with the full cooperation of the Pythons and Chapman's partner David Sherlock - with full access to never-before-seen pictures; Bob McCabe has written and edited several other Monty Python books, including The Pythons: Autobiography by the Pythons and Dark Knights and Holy Fools: The Art and Films of Terry Gilliam)

  • Orion, 2005 (U.K.) ISBN 0752857738 (hardcover)

A Liar's Appendix
by David Sherlock

(a sequel to Graham Chapman's "A Liar's Autobiography" written by David Sherlock, Graham's long-time companion; edited by Jim Yoakum; this book is still in the works and has not been released)

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