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Fry's Ties: The Life and Times of a Tie Collection

Fry's Ties: The Life and Times of a Tie Collection

Current price: $24.95
Publication Date: August 15th, 2023
Chronicle Books
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Discover the story of a gentleman's most distinguished accessory, the necktie, with the inimitable Stephen Fry as your guide.

In this utterly charming volume, Stephen Fry excavates his epic collection of neckties and shares the stories behind them. From the traditional "egg and bacon" colors of the Marylebone Cricket Club to the exuberant Dalmatian pattern of a 1980s Nicole Miller design, each tie tells a story. Interspersed amongst the collection are diagrams to aid in tying your own Half Windsor, Van Wijk, or Prince Albert Knot.

The book expands on Fry's popular Instagram series, with additional, all-new content—including an essay about Fry's own necktie journey and a collection of snappy photos and illustrations of the ties themselves. This handsome little hardcover is more than an homage to a fashion accessory: it's an informative and witty tour of history, culture, art, and design.

BELOVED AUTHOR: Stephen Fry is an icon in many domains, including humor, storytelling, and style. He is the ideal guide to the world of neckties, as knowledgeable as he is entertaining.

PERFECT CONTENT FOR THE STEPHEN FRY FAN: For Fry's fans (especially those who first encountered him as the cool, collected, and always impeccably dressed butler Jeeves), this book is a perfect fit.
DISTINCTIVE GIFT: This book will delight dads, granddads, brothers, and uncles—or anyone who likes to wear fancy neckwear with pride. 

BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK: Fry's excellent collection of ties is brought to life by photographer Clare Winfield and illustrator Stephanie von Reiswitz (whom readers may know and love from her popular Murder Most Puzzling series).

Perfect for:

  • Stephen Fry fans
  • Men's fashion enthusiasts
  • Tie collectors
  • Anglophiles
  • Humor readers
  • Fans of quirky popular history books

About the Author

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he cowrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and he was unforgettable as General Melchett in Blackadder. He hosted over 180 episodes of QI and has narrated all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the audiobook recordings. He is the author of the bestselling Mythos series; as well as four novels, Revenge, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar; and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles, and More Fool Me.

Praise for Fry's Ties: The Life and Times of a Tie Collection

“The book includes new content such as an essay on how Fry's collection came to be and gives background information on some of his most unique styles from brands like Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller and others. Fry's book includes photos and illustrations of his necktie collection, including step-by-step drawings of how to tie certain knots.” 


"Essential reading."

—The Globe Mail

"An intelligent book that invites readers, especially fans of Fry and fashion history, to laugh and learn. An excellent addition to collections."

—Library Journal