My Name Is Daphne Fairfax. Arthur Smith. Copyright: Heavy Entertainment.

My Name Is Daphne Fairfax

BBC Radio 4 documentary. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2009. Features Arthur Smith.

My Name Is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir

My Name Is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir

'My name is Arthur Smith, unless there's anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I'm Daphne Fairfax'. This has been Arthur's opening line at hundreds of stand-up comedy performances. In fact, he is neither Daphne nor Arthur. Friends and family know him as Brian.

In this book, Smith reflects on the nature of comedy and his days as a scruffy kid on the bombsites of Bermondsey, a wild-haired undergraduate, a roadsweeper, an English teacher, a failed rock star, a boozed-up sexual adventurer and an intensive care patient who has been told never to drink again. Hilarious, scandalous and rude, his memoir incorporates a tender tribute to his parents and a vigorous account of the peculiar business of being alive.

First published: Thursday 7th May 2009