• Creativity

  • A Short and Cheerful Guide   
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The legendary comedian, actor, and writer of Monty PythonFawlty Towers, and A Fish Called Wanda fame shares his key ideas about creativity: that it’s a learnable, improvable skill. 

"Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they weren't actually creative. I like to think I'm writing about it from the inside." (John Cleese)

You might think that creativity is some mysterious, rare gift - one that only a few possess. But you’d be wrong. As John Cleese shows in this short, practical, and often amusing guide, it’s a skill that anyone can acquire. 

Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, Cleese shares his insights into the nature of the creative process and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing. What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you’ve come up with an idea that might be worth pursuing? What should you do if you think you’ve hit a brick wall? 

We can all be more creative. John Cleese shows us how.

©2020 John Cleese (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Creativity...is...[a] meditation on how anyone, whether breaking into TV or leading a corporate giant, can tap into his or her creative gifts.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“A versatile entertainer shares encouraging advice.... His candor is endearing. An upbeat guide to the creative process.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[A] humorous and practical guide.... Whether you’re hoping to write a novel or paint a masterpiece, you’re sure to feel inspired.” (OK!)

Editor's Pick

The antidote to winter blues?
If you’re like me, then you’ve complained about how early it gets dark since daylight saving time ended. When the air hurts your face, it’s time to hunker down inside—preferably under a blanket—and find pleasant ways to pass the time until spring. I can think of few activities more comforting than rewatching classic Monty Python skits, which is why I’m excited to hear comedian and writer John Cleese’s ''cheerful'' take on creativity. In this unabashedly unpretentious guide, Cleese playfully shares decades of his expert insights into his craft in just 60 minutes, and invites each of us to explore our imaginations. This is exactly the type of wholesome content I need to get through the holidays. —Rachael X., Audible Editor

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great book

very fun book and very informative
a lot of amazing and practical tips
highly recommend

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John Cleese is ❤️

I just wish to say that I would read anything written and/ or narrated by this talanted, brilliant-minded person! Great book! Devided it into quotes!

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Enjoyed the content and delivery.

I'm among those that can read, but sometimes chooses not to do so. And then there is the audible credit incentive to have a listen.

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Perfect for a car ride audio

The author’s voiceover and the pace were fantastic. If you are a game developer, you hit the jackpot with this profound book.

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Time well spent

I'll start by admitting that I have liked Mr. Cleese ever since his public service in the ministry of silly walks. He's been a creative genius from that moment until this "short cheerful guide" that unfortunately reveals a late in life speech limp. I'm pleased to say that this is short enough that a second or third review will allow me to embrace his thoughts again and again. My thanks to an old friend whom I've known since we took our first steps.

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Great Read!

loved it. have listened to it several times. Great tips and encouragement for anyone wanting to write or do anything creative.

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Cheese Is A Master

John Cleese is a master . I am blessed to have seen him live in concert and it was from there that I learned of this book.

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It is a basic primer

This is a basic primer in creativity but it is done by John Cleese, so it ranks higher.
This is a good listen for people with a need to stArt learn about creativity. If you have been in the road searching to improve it will confirm you have been trying the right stuff.

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Wisdom and wit without fluff

Take advice about the process and frustration of developing your ideas from a man who has actually done the thing, and in spades! This short book is worth more due to its brevity, especially for those of us with a short attention span. Rich in content, it’s entertaining to listen to Cleese tell it his way. I would even call it a privilege.

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Just wonderful!

This is a must read. Cleese is a legend! Even if you don’t want to write or do anything creative this book was simply just wonderful.