When one imagines Stephen Fry, one would presumably acquire the image of the epitome of class and culture. Right? Well be prepared to see another side to Stephen in Mrs Fry’s Diary, penned by his long-suffering wife and the mother of his seven (or is it nine?) children, Edna Fry. Using her diary, the only half-decent present Stephen ever bought her, Mrs Fry reveals to us a year in the life of her tumultuous marriage. She bemoans her beloved’s favourite Saturday night kebab and karaoke hits, details of his S&M addiction, his disappearing acts and “special” relationships with the women of their neighbourhood.
Nicola Manning 25 November 2011 - 9:00am
That’s not all; Edna reveals to us the secret of how her children and her dear Stephen ended up so big and strong by divulging her extra special Spam recipes, and we see a deeper side to Mrs Fry when she opens her heart to poetry and creative writing. However, Edna begins to suspect her husband’s absences are anything but normal when she starts seeing visions of his face on the sides of buses and in local shop windows. As the year draws to a close, she is put out of her misery by the one thing she’d never expect from Stephen – a book token.
Amazingly for a book evolved from a Twitter account, Mrs Fry’s Diary is both witty and clever, peppered with more subtle literary jokes than you can shake a can of Spam at.