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Colin Firth: The Biography [Hardcover]

Alison Maloney
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Book Description

3 May 2011
From the moment Colin Firth took on the role of Mr Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, emerging from the lake in 'that scene', he was set on a path from sex symbol to national treasure and Hollywood star. With roles ranging from Hugh Grant's love rival in Bridget Jones to an Oscar-nominated turn as a gay university professor in A Single Man, Firth's skills as a versatile actor have known no bounds. Yet, it was his recent portrayal of George VI in the 2011 film The King's Speech that has elevated him to Hollywood royalty, bagging him numerous awards, including the much coveted Oscar for Best Actor. However, it is not only his assumed roles, but the man himself who has captured the hearts of audiences the world over. This first ever biography also reveals: his early life in Nigeria; the secrets of his escape to Canada with actress Meg Tilly, the birth of their first son and his heartbreak as the relationship floundered; the passionate affair with Pride and Prejudice co-star Jennifer Ehle; and his whirlwind romance with his Italian wife, Livia. Fascinating, revelatory and suffused with Firth's own dry wit, this is a must-read book on the man of the moment.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843176882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843176886
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Maloney is a journalist and author, whose books include the Number One bestseller THE MUMS' BOOK. As well as a long stint on The Sunday Post newspaper, she worked as a children's book editor for two years. Alison lives in Kent with her husband and two children.

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It's a book that offers enough to make any girl swoon (Midlands What's On)

Discover the real man behind the fame and fortune and fall even more in love (Sunday Mirror)

About the Author

Alison Maloney is a journalist and author from Kent. As well as a long stint on The Sunday Post newspaper, as a film and feature writer, she worked as a children's book editor for two years. Alison has written the nostalgia title The Forties: Good Times are Just Around the Corner (Michael O'Mara) as well as The Mums' Book, The Grannies' book and Things to Do With Mum (All Michael O'Mara). Other titles include the Strictly Come Dancing annual (BBC Books) and several children's books including Tilly Turner: Champion Gurner, Dig the Dog and One Lucky Duck (all Meadowside Books). Alison lives with her husband and two children.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This book will only be good if you do not know much about the man, but if you are more of a fan it will not be much use to you. This book is basically made of quotes from various articles or interviews pieced together, the kind of stuff most of us could have done. You won't learn anything new, and Firth has not co-operated with this book in any way. I bought it because I was curious but for me it was a waste of money.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars save your money and go on Wikipedia! 11 Aug 2011
By Fi-G
A lazy, sloppy book consisting of strung-together quotes from published articles ("As Colin told the Sunday Times ...") There is nothing new or original and she didn't actually interview anyone! It was irritating that she used the same quotes several times so she couldn't even be bothered to edit and neither could the publisher! Oh! And Yes, King Crimson et al are not part of the "Glam Rock" genre - a sloppy mistake. A shame she'll make loads of money selling it to the fans who are as obsessed with Colin as she obviously is! Don't waste your energy reading it let alone your money ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new for long standing CF fans 8 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book I downloaded when I got a Kindle for xmas since I am a HUGE Colin fan. However, to be blunt, it was a waste of money. Anyone who has followed Colin's work for years will know the entire content of this book and will see it for what it is.....a book put together made up of quotes, interviews and newspaper articles previously published which you have already read and most probably, also watched on youtube. Halfway through the book it was getting tiresome to read, to the point where I thought "I'm just reading one film critic review after another".
I would only recommend getting this book if you don't know a thing about Colin Firth - it's a good beginners book but there is nothing insightful at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colin firth biography 13 Dec 2013
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A good read & very much enjoyed by the colin firth fan I bought the book for. Good photo's in it too
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 14 Nov 2013
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I thought it was not a biography, more a gathering of differents articles on Colin Firth, I was desappointed, it is a shame!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Biography of Colin Firth 17 Jun 2013
By Antonia
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I enjoyed it although I did not find anything new about Colin Firth in it. Worth Reading though I thought
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