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I know that Stephen Fry's brand of humour is not to everyone's taste. I also know that a lot of people hate Stephen Fry because of his politics or his sexuality. But whatever your opinion or prejudice against the man, I do invite you to open your minds and enjoy his work. Paperweight is a collection of writings, articles and anecdotes written by Stephen Fry and bound together in one volume. The author himself says that this is not a book to be read from cover to cover. It is far better to keep it in the smallest room of the house and dip into it from time to time. Indeed this is how I read it. My family became used to guffaws and chuckles emanating from the bathroom. Each day my stay in the little room became longer and longer until every word had been absorbed. The thing about Stephen Fry is that he is so intelligent. Hugh Laurie used to say that his mind could be quite frightening, and I can well believe it. His intelligence comes through, not only in the range of topics tackled but also in the sharp wit which pervades the whole thing. His vocabulary is enormous. Stephen Fry is able to use (and spell) words which I have never even heard of. He also knows how to argue a case. When he has a point to make he can be devastating with his logic and argument. His defence of Freddie Mercury is just awesome. In conclusion, Stephen Fry manages to combine a number of things in his writing. All these things reflect aspects of his character. He is intelligent yet he is also a sensitive gentleman. Above all he is funny. His sharp humour really is the best around. I do encourage everyone to dip into paperweight and enjoy this master wordsmith.