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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752453726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752453729
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating portrait of the enigmatic actor, star of 'Scrooge', 'The Belle of St Trinian's' and many more. --The Guardian, December 2009

About the Author

Mark Simpson spent ten years researching for this publication. He works as a government auditor writing reports on hospitals, prisons and the Private Finance Initiative. He has contributed several articles to journals on these subjects and spoken at conferences throughout Europe. He lives in London.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Glasby on 8 Dec. 2009
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I, like countless others, have been - since about 1950 - a lifelong fan of Alastair SIM and this long overdue in-depth Biography is expertly researched and produced.

With the help and memories of many notable people who worked with and were personally attached to Mr Sim, it is a warmly felt story with a degree of sadness and triumph.

The author pulls no punches in personal views and it is, overall, an honest and fine memorial to a great artist.
I only finished the book two days back and was sad that it ended.

The Index of Alastair's acting career in both films and on the stage and in Television is comprehensive.

What a great career this gentle man had and what pleasure he gave - and will continue to give to so many people.

Even tho he would decline to warm his fans by signing their bits of paper with his autograph they still loved him.

And we do have his films to treasure, with repeated viewings.

This is one Biography you should not miss.

Thanks so much, MARK SIMPSON, a beautiful job.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Harvey on 30 Jan. 2009
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It is interesting that the author, or more likely I guess, the publishers, felt that this account of the life of Alastair Sim required a sub-title: 'The star of Scrooge and the Belles of St Trinian's' as though, without this reminder of two of the actor's best known films, the reading public, or, at least, those under forty, would not know who he was.

And yet, during the 1950s, Sim was a very popular and much loved actor. This is the first biography to appear since his widow published her own memoir in the 1980s. I wish I could say this new book was worth waiting for, but for many reasons it is unsatisfactory.

To be fair, the author Mark Simpson had two problems to contend with: Sim guarded his privacy carefully and never gave interviews, so the amount of documentation available is small; and the fact that many of the actors, directors and producers who worked with Sim are no longer alive.

It is a competent account of Sim's life. Comments on films and plays are pithy, though in some cases, I would have liked rather more in-depth analysis. Simpson is also quite candid about Sim's limited acting range and his choice of roles in some poor films, though I suspect this might have been a deliberate ploy on Sim's part to make him stand out from his fellow actors. More information on James Bridie and his plays which formed such an important part of Alastair Sim's career would also have been helpul, particularly as Bridie is a forgotten playwright nowadays. The author touches on the reasons why Sim's film career declined after the 1950s, but again, I feel this subject could have been explored more fully.

The publisher's blurb informs us that the author spent ten years reseaching this biography and I am tempted to ask: what did he spend the ten years doing?
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David K. Barnes on 12 July 2008
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Alastair Sim is one of my very favourite actors, one of those rare talents who only needs to turn up in a film for me to start smiling. Capable of great drama but more often hilarious comedy, Sim remains an inspiration to me.

Simpson's book is certainly better than any biography of Sim we're likely to get and it must be difficult to research and interact with the life of a man who refused all media attention, not giving interviews or autographs. However, this book reads like one of those hour-long retrospective documentaries you catch on Channel 4 or BBC2: a nice, fairly warm account of a comedian's life with lots of talking heads and a basic chronology of everything that happened in his life, but that ultimately lacks something. You never really feel as if you're getting to grips with Alastair Sim as a human being - you don't get inside the actor's head and feel his dreams and desires - and Simpson's basic prose style doesn't convince you that he's especially enthusiastic to write about the man (despite the 10 years of research) making for an informative but not especially entertaining read.

The book feels rushed: An Inspector Calls is barely discussed, despite being one of Sim's most celebrated roles, and Sim's declining health and eventual death are glossed over with no thought given as to what Sim must have made of his life and successes. I'm definitely glad this book was written as next to nothing is known of this great performer but Simpson's handling of the material is sorely lacking compared to such works as Graham McCann's biography of Frankie Howerd.

I'd rate it as a 7/10, though I give it an extra half star purely out of gratitude that Simpson attempted this book in the first place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tin Tactoo VINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2010
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With so many books about film stars and suchlike that are at most lightweight - or why did they bother in most cases - this shines with so much detail WITH reference sources detailed..

It reads well from his birth, his work and much more as any reader would gather from seeing his many films - sad I never ever saw him on the stage - that gives you an insight into this wonderful actor, who would wipe the board if he were about today as he WAS an actor and not the now accepted form of today where 'actor's' wander from scene to scene, film to film in the same stance or to put it in context, just play themselves..

Very worthy of five stars as the work that went into this book must have been great and you get the sense that this was a labour of love by the author, unlike a lot more supposed 'authors' in the same position who do it for the money - and it shows..

Nuff said! - order it now and get reading! - there is nowt on the telly or ever likely to be for some time, unless you like Ant and the Other One, who seem to be clogging the place up!
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