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My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Autobiography

My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Autobiography (EPUB ebook)

By Callow, Simon

An alternative autobiography of the well-loved actor and man of the theatre.In My Life in Pieces Simon Callow retraces his life through the multifarious performers, writers, productions and events which have left their indelible mark on him.The story begins with Peter Pan - his f...irst ever visit to the theatre - before transporting us to southern Africa and South London, where Callow spent much of his childhood. Later, he charms his way into a job at the National Theatre box office courtesy of his hero, Laurence Olivier - and thus consummated a lifetime's love affair with theatre.Alongside Olivier, we encounter Paul Scofield, Michael Gambon, Alan Bennett and Richard Eyre, all of whom Callow has worked with, as well as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Alec Guinness, David Hare, Simon Gray and many more.He writes too about figures he did not meet but who greatly influenced his life and work, figures such as Stanislavsky, Nureyev and Cocteau, as well as Charles Laughton and Orson Welles. And he even makes room for not-quite- legit performers like Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howard - and Mrs Shufflewick.The result is a passionate, instructive and beguiling book which, in tracing Simon Callow's own ';sentimental education', leaves us enriched by his generosity and wisdom.'an engaging passionate book which will augment Callow's growing status as a national treasure.' Guardian '...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 '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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ISBN 9781780010120
Published 15 Apr 2012
Publisher Faber Factory
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781780010120
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Faber Factory
Imprint Nick Hern Books
Released 15 Apr 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Callow, Simon
Category Performing Arts
Individual Actors & Performers
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 443
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 792.092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade