The extraordinary career of Eric Sykes, one of Britain's biggest entertainers during the 20th century, is told by the man himself in this information-packed book. He takes the reader from his birth in Oldham in 1923, through his childhood, his time in the army during World War II and on into his television career.
His recollections of his early childhood in the working class slums are very clear and he recounts in vivid clarity the games children played and the antics they got to up to pass the time. TV and computers were an age away, films were just coming in and they didn't yet have a wireless.
Sykes' mother died in childbirth and he explains how that tragic setback affected him. He also talks about his stepmother and new family. Sykes' life must have been very similar to that of others born in that area in that time, particularly during the war years, but it took a dramatic change when he entered the world of entertainment and television.
He documents meeting and working with nearly every great British comic genius of the last 50 years - Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd - and recalls his one and only meeting with the legendary Richard Burton. This all gives a great insight and first-hand account of what it was like during the golden age of British television in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Sykes outlines the circumstances surrounding the start up of 'Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular presented by Eric Sykes', one of his first really big shows. This featured, amongst others, Hattie Jacques, then a rising star of British television and films. A lot of space is deservedly give to Jacques, who later starred with Sykes in his long running BBC TV series 'Sykes'.
'If I Don't Write it, Nobody Else Will' is full of humour and warmth with gags littered throughout. An exceptionally detailed account of a very interesting life.