The island of Cephallonia is now familiar as the setting of the novel, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". This book explores the turbulent history of the island, focusing on the World War II years of Italian occupation, as well as telling the behind-the-scenes story of how the film version was made. As most buildings on Cephallonia fell to rubble in a 1953 earthquake, the way it would have looked in World War II had to be recreated by sets built for the filming of Louis de Bernieres' now legendary "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". But do not expect the novel to be reproduced so faithfully because that is not the film-makers' style. They add their own visions, carefully explained here in an official companion to the movie, and de Bernieres' introduction shows how he anticipated that. All he could do to ensure respectful treatment of his novel was insist it should not be sold to Hollywood. The history of the filming is itself fascinating - the search for the cast, the locations, even the guns for the massacre of the Italians by the Germans and the other battle sequences. Film journalist Clark has done a good job here, aided and abetted by the stunning Greek island setting and ample action and character stills from the film.
Steve Clark has been specialising in behind-the-scenes reports on television programmes for more than twenty years. He is author of The Only Fools and Horses Story (BBC Books, 1998), The World of Jonathan Creek (BBC Books, 1999), On Set (Blake Publishing, 1999), Captain Corelli's Mandolin - The Illustrated Film Companion (Headline, 2001), Only Fools and Horses: The Official Inside Story (Splendid Books, 2011) and The British Television Location Guide (Splendid Books, 2013). He lives in Hampshire with his wife and their two children. He doesn't drive a Robin Reliant... but he'd secretly quite like one.
Sir David Jason says: "Author Steve Clark's book The Official Inside Story is the definitive history of Only Fools and Horses. He is the expert on the series. It is nice to know that the legacy of this classic show lives on for a new generation. As Del Boy would say: 'You know it makes sense!'"
Dan Sullivan says: "For more than two decades Steve Clark worked closely with Only Fools and Horses and its creator, my Dad, John Sullivan OBE. On set and location he has extensively interviewed both cast and crew, and that is why I can happily recommend this book as the only truly Inside and Official telling of the Only Fools and Horses story available."