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My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Biography

My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Biography (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Callow, Simon

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As well as being one of the most recognisable actors, Simon Callow is an accomplished author and journalist. Drawing on a lifetime of writing about theatre and film, this autobiography takes us behind the curtain and behind the camera to introduce us to the performers and perform... read full description below.

ISBN 9781848421714
Published 1 February 2012 by Nick Hern Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781848421714
ISBN-10 1848421710
Stock Available
Status Reprinting locally, In Stock Internationally
Publisher Nick Hern Books
Imprint Nick Hern Books
Publication Date 1 February 2012
International Publication Date 18 November 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Callow, Simon
Category Individual Actors & Performers
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 214mm
Weight 557g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 792.092
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Description of this Book

In My Life in Pieces, Simon Callow recaptures the multifarious people, productions and events which have fed into his lifeblood and left their indelible mark. Starting with his first ever visit to the theatre - Peter Pan - he takes us through a somewhat chaotic boyhood in southern Africa and South London, an aborted university career, a testing time at drama school and on to an acting career that has encompassed roles in the West End and stand-out character parts in films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral. Callow writes with his customary perceptiveness, wit and flair about the remarkable people he has encountered in the course of his career: Laurence Olivier, Paul Scofield and Michael Gambon at the National Theatre; then Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, David Hare, Simon Gray and Richard Eyre, among others. This being an alternative autobiography, he also writes about figures he did not meet but whose influence was vital to a full understanding of his craft: figures such as Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov, Nureyev and Cocteau, Laughton and Welles. There are also other, not-quite-legit performers like Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd. Also included are accounts of his life as a solo performer, most notably as Charles Dickens. The result is a heartening, instructive and utterly beguiling book which, in tracing Simon Callow's own 'sentimental education', goes to show how rich and nourishing a life can be had in and around the theatre.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Callow's not simply a terrific actor who happens to write. You could as well call him a terrific writer who happens to act' The Times 'essential... a gift for transforming personal experience into blazingly intelligent, objective, critical appreciation' Observer 'first rate... the best writer-actor we have' David Hare, Guardian 'Simon Callow combines zest, originality and passion and has elegantly turned his views and life in the theatre into an astonishing memoir' Richard Eyre

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Author's Bio

Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, a biographical trilogy on Orson Welles (of which the first two parts have now been published), and Love is Where it Falls, an account of his friendship with the great play agent, Peggy Ramsay.

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