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The book is richly anecdotal in style, and traces her career from bad notices on her debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic in 1957 ("a piece of Danish patisserie") to her Oscar nomination in 1998 for Mrs Brown. By opening her memory and her address book, Judi Dench has authorized a valuable biography, especially significant given her distaste for publicity. John Miller's pedigree is itself distinguished (he's previously collaborated on projects with Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson), and he breaks up the train of reminiscences refreshingly with his own diary excerpts from accompanying her on set. The writing may occasionally lack impartial critique, but this is a small quibble set against the history it assembles of a true theatre Dame with a "common touch", arguably at the peak of her powers as the narrative closes.