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Emma: Many Faces of Emma Thompson [Hardcover]

Chris Nickson

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I'm the author of the Richard Nottingham books, historical mysteries set in Leeds in the 1730s and featuring Richard Nottingham, the Constable of the city, and his deputy, John Sedgwick. The books are about more than murder. They're about the people of Leeds and the way life was - which mean full of grinding poverty for all but the wealthy. They're also about families, Nottingham and his and Sedgwick, and the way relationships grow and change, as well as the politics, when there was one law for the rich, and another, much more brutal, for everyone else.

And now there's a new series, mysteries again, set in Leeds in the 1890s and featuring Detective Inspector Tom Harper of Leeds Police.

Why Leeds? It's where I was born and raised, and that puts a place in your bones. You know it the way you can never quite know anywhere else...but that said, I spent a little while living near Chesterfield, which gave rise to The Crooked Spire

In addition to this I'm also a music journalist, reviewing for magazines and online outlets, something I've been doing since the mid 1990s, specializing these days in world and roots music. Much of that was in Seattle, a city I do love, and inspired Emerald City and the follow-up, West Seattle Blues.

Candace Robb, author of the excellent Owen Archer and Margaret Kerry mysteries, said this about my work:

"Chris Nickson's years covering the music scene clearly inform his writing--his Richard Nottingham crime novels are not just stories, they're total immersion experiences in the underbelly of 18th century Leeds. Clever use of period slang and vivid detail bring to life the people, the culture, the gritty reality of early industrial culture, brutal and dehumanizing. Constable Richard Nottingham is a shrewd, appealingly human man with a keen social conscience and deep roots in the city. His family and colleagues are portrayed with a warmth and sly humor worthy of Dickens. Immensely addictive, this series just keeps getting better."

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This is a biography of the actress Emma Thompson, relating her childhood in a theatrical family, her education at Cambridge and her early years as a comic actress. It unravels Emma's story to reveal the origins of her talents, and also discusses her much-publicized private life with Kenneth Branagh: it relates their courtship and marriage and the years in which they were referred to the "Golden Couple" by the British press, appearing together in such films as "Henry V", "Dead Again", "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Peter's Friends". In addition to examining her broken marriage to Branagh, the author discusses Emma's self-consciousness about her looks, her interest in politics, and the closeness of the Thompson family, as well as other aspects of her personal life.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not do justice to Greatness. 16 April 1999
By muchadoaboutlisa@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Unlike the fortunate reviewer from New Jersey, I spent a fortune on obtaining my copy of this book. I liked this book in that it filled in a lot of the blanks about her early life and career, as in Australia we really only got to know this wonderful woman when she burst forth onto our screens as the magnificent Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing." However, on the whole I must agree with the other reviewers. I could have paid $2.80 for the latest Woman's Day magazine and got the same amount of depth. If you can get it from the bargain bin do it! But don't be a chump like myself and pay $45 for it. I suggest all Lady Emma fans out there should band together and persuade the magnificent lady to feed our voracious appetites and pen her autobiography. Did anyone else sense a very strong anti-Ken vibe?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Unauthorized" means... 31 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
For those of you who don't live on the level of Emma-fandom that I do, a newsflash. This woman will record her life story when she is good and ready. This biography is merely a patchwork of what might be true and what probably isn't. What we are ment to know of Emma Thompson, we will know the truth of, and what we aren't to know are things no person needs to know of another. If you are an Emma fan, however, you'll appreciate the nice cover shot and picture section inside. Take these, put the whole of the text aside for bathroom reading, and wait about thirty years until the real story comes out.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A True Emma Thompson Fan 15 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have read this book and fortunately I purchased it from my local Barnes & Noble store for only $4.95 (Hardback). I found it on the "dud" shelf where it belongs! This book is a compulation of magazine articles previously published about Emma. The author even writes his references in the back of the book. If you are a true Emma fan and crave information about her then you probably have already read from other sources the information that is in this book. We'll never know the true story until Emma writes her autobiography. In the meantime, the closest we'll get to an autobiography is the Sense and Sensibility diary that Emma wrote.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely worth buying 11 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is worth buying for the emma thompson fan. It gives a very good account of her family background, her early childhood, her marriage to Kenneth Branagh, and her rise to stardom. I enjoyed reading it. Kari Guy
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