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Essential...Callow has a gift for transforming personal experience into blazingly intelligent, objective, critical appreciation. --Observer
Callow's not simply a terrific actor who happens to write. You could as well call him a terrific writer who happens to act. --The Times
Full of love and delight...A person of gargantuan capacity, as actor, director, biographer, scholar, solo performer, raconteur and confessional writer. --Diana Quick in the Guardian on My Life in Pieces
His detailed and perceptive portraits of figures as various and extraordinary as Charlie Chaplin, Charles Laughton, Peter Brook, Rudolf Nureyev, Peter Ustinov, Tommy Cooper and John Gielgud are utterly irresistible. When it comes to people he admires, whom he's befriended through working with them - Alan Bennett, Peter Shaffer, David Hare, Michael Gambon - you realise he also possesses a gift for transforming personal experience into blazingly intelligent, objective, critical appreciation...his brilliant analysis of naturalism in acting, and his scornful rejection of the "luvvie" label, are alone worth the price of this essential, agreeably exhausting tome. --Guardian
SIMON CALLOW is best known for his performances in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love, as well as his many starring roles in the West End, most recently in Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. He is the best-selling author of Being An Actor (Penguin), Love is Where it Falls (NHB) and two biographies - of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles.
Simon Callow has compiled a work that demonstrates perfectly the essential role that art plays in our lives. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Temple
My life in pieces - collapsing all round - the book and all!!Published 10 months ago by Bobbie Kenny
I find this book quite interesting. I haven't finished it yet and its not a book I will be finishing in the near future.Published on 7 Sept. 2012 by stamper
If you enjoy Callow on stage, you will not be disappointed. It reminds one life is rarely straightforward and that success has to be nurtured. Fascinating thespian insights. Read morePublished on 22 April 2012 by Serendipity
I've just finished this and I must say I enjoyed it immensely. Simon Callow writes well and he covers a range of topics with knowledge and enthusiasm, writing chronologically and... Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2011 by David Lusher
Simon Callow admits to his own logorrhoea at the start of this book - and also is at pains to explain that the book's title does not imply that his life has disintegrated. Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by Mark Meynell
This "alternative autobiography" is actually a compilation of Simon Callow's journalism, edited together with bridging passages that set each piece in the context of his life, as... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2010 by emma who reads a lot