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Barry Humphries - Addicted to books

Features | By Barry Humphries

Detail of Carl Spitzweg’s The Bookworm (c 1850)

While on tour with his one-man show, Barry Humphries lurks in regional bookshops, desperate for rare volumes

The plaque on the door of my hotel room said ‘Superior Room’. Once inside, I searched for evidence for this rather grandiose claim. None was apparent, though there was a chocolate on the pillow. And the toilet paper had been folded into a neat point by a Polish chambermaid. If the Polish ever go home, England will collapse. I am in the middle of a tour of English towns with a modest theatrical offering, which is proving to be very successful. Most reassuring, since I was seriously thinking of auditioning for a riser-recliner commercial. ...

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