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My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn [Paperback]

Errol Flynn
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1 Feb 2005

A hero to millions who adored his portrayals of Robin Hood and Fletcher Christian, Errol Flynn (1909–59) lived a life that far surpassed any adventure he ever acted out on screen: exotic travels, criminal exploits, passionate love affairs, violent confrontations, scandals, and international fame.

In this highly readable, witty and colourful autobiography, Flynn reveals himself and his remarkable life as he did nowhere else.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; New Ed edition (1 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845130499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845130497
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The most entertaining autobiography ever by an actor’

(Jeffrey Meyers)

‘Its greatest distinction is that it manages to pass beyond the conventionally “frank” to the unconventionally truthful in its portrait of an engaging but by no means overscrupulous romantic extrovert’

(Times Literary Supplement)

‘A major autobiography in the tradition of Cellini, Casanova and Frank Harris. Perhaps it is not the book to leave alone in the house with your daughter, but Flynn was not the man to leave in the house with your daughter.’


‘The confessions of a rake, unsparing of himself or anyone else’


‘An obstinately unabashed report’

(New Yorker)

About the Author

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959)[1] was an Australian actor.[2] He was known for his romanticswashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1942.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Errol Flynn was not merely the swashbuckler of legend, nor the great party animal of the golden era of hollywood. He was a great liver of life, but at the same time deeply introspective and unsatisfied. This book covers his origins in Tasmania, his life in Sydney and England and onto his great success in Hollywood. However, his meteoric rise was cut short by personal allegations which led to the fall of his career...into escape and alcohol.
The twists and turns of Flynn's life make this book a real page turner at every step, with his character well captured; taking the reader beyond the Hollywood image and into the mind of the man who had too many questions to ask of life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SWASHBUCKLING AUTOBIOGRAPHY 8 Mar 2010
Most of my ideas about Errol Flynn are based on reports and hearsay. This book exploded all the myths about the man. I found the book entertaining, and in the final few pages thought provoking.Flynn comes across as an honest man about his weaknesses and the mistakes that he made in his life. The early part of his life in New Guinea, and his journey across the world to London and finally to Hollywood certainly uncover a facet of his life that is not well known. Flynn writes with candour and humour, and at the end I felt sorry for the man that had achieved so much in terms of fame,success and wealth, yet seemed so unhappy with his lot, and died at such an early age of 59.
A good read that certainly cast a different light on a iconic character of the early 20th century. Well worth reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wicked wicked ways 4 Jan 2010
A truly amazing book. Probably the best autobiography I have ever read and a truly enlightening book of an amazing man who was very honest about his own shortcomings, warts and all.

Definitely worth a read
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In like Flynn............ 28 Oct 2007
Errol Flynn may not be your first choice for an autobiographical read but don't pass this one by.This book is a triumph of words and stories that will have you muttering in disbelief.If,as has been reported,this book has moments of fiction dressed up as factual it really does not matter,he is the most wonderful storyteller and in my opinion was wasted as an actor,he should have written fiction!!
His story takes us from his birth place of Tasmania to New Guinea ~England to America.His story is colourful,fascinating and should be taken with a large pich of salt!!
If you are (fairly) broadminded and love a good story, buy this now~you won't regret it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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If you're interested in Flynn or the 'golden age' of Hollywood', you MUST read this!
Almost 40 years after his death, Errol Flynns exploits (or 'Flynnanigans') continue to amuse and intrigue everyone who reads them. This book was actually ghostwritten by a journalist, Earl Conrad who inists that he wrote it exactly as the vodka fuelled, morphine addicted swashbuckler told it. The book is full of blatant innaccuracies and downright untruths but still makes great reading. Flynn hated to bore an audience and was never one to let the truth or facts get in his way. He was a superb racontuer and this comes over in the book via his tales of the golden age of Hollywood and his subsequent demise and resurgence as a character actor, none of which I will repeat as this would spoil the party. It's all here - his loves (the sea then girls), his films (a chancer and he admits is) and the fortunes he won and lost. If you enjoy this, then you might like the following...
'Moons a balloon', 'Bring on the empty horses' by DAVID NIVEN. 'Errol Flynn: A Memoir' by EARL CONRAD
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wicked life story of a Hollywood Legend 18 Aug 2010
By Loretta
Like most people, I grew up watching swashbuckler movies starring a handsome young man called Errol Flynn and so when I happened upon 'My Wicked, Wicked Ways' I expected the book to be at the very least, an interesting read about an old movie star.

What a fantastic read it is! Entertaining, funny and poignant, he came across as a deeper, more grounded character than the 'man who showed a girl the moon thru a porthole'
Australian born (Tasmania) Flynn, tells stories of his early life on the family ranch with his botanist father are both fascinating and enjoyable. The book covers his years in Tasmania, New Guinea & England, to his movie career which began in 1933 and on to the sensational scandals which threatened his career, most famously the court case for statutory rape (which he was eventually aquitted)on board his boat 'Sirocco'.
Interesting enough for his lifestyle alone but an added bonus is the famous friendships with other actors/actresses of the time (David Niven & Olivia De Havilland & others)and their impact on his life and loves. it's a great insight into a Hollywood legend and his deliciously wicked, wicked read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put the book down!!!!!!!! 2 Sep 1999
By A Customer
This is a fabulous book written by a man who really knew how to enjoy his life to the fullest. It is not only a autobiography, but also a travel book. He describes his journey from the deep forests of New Guinea to the screens of Hollywood!!! A wonderful book..
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 16 April 2000
Not quite what he seems, Flynn. Films and fame apart Flynn gives a view of life within a public life. His marriages, the 'rape' trail, his love for the ocean. A truly recommended read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this, even if sometimes the reader is dubious ...
Loved this, even if sometimes the reader is dubious of the entire truth as written...However, one cannot deny what a legend Errol was and true Hollywood Star. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was an interesting read, and amusing.
Published 24 days ago by rosalind cortes
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a hero in my youth
What an excellent read, very funny and a man who never took himself seriously, which in his life was a double edged sword, a great read.
Published 2 months ago by mpm
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
I have watched Errol in his films over the years and was interested enough to buy this book. Wow. It was a real page turner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by julie bradshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars As interesting a biography as I have ever read
Yes, there is the scandal, the drink, the women & the drugs.

But there is a lot more in this (in places frankly unbelievable!) biography. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Bought as a gift for my Husband who is not a great Reader! But he has not put the book down,so it must be good!
Published 6 months ago by AJK
5.0 out of 5 stars bought this for my mum's christmas
My Mums loves all the the gossip about the Hollywood actors of that time. She explain that Errol was not as clean cut as he appears to be. And is rather a bit of a love rat. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars present
Brought this for a friend as Christmas present, it arrived well packed and in very good condition,perfect for what I required.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. D. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars in like Flynn
i dont know if all written by Flynn,is true.
But if it is ,this is one of the more extraordinary lives ever.
Published 9 months ago by ioakim
5.0 out of 5 stars Errol Flynn Autobiography
What a life he lived. There was more to him than just a handsome movie star. Very amusing and a good read.
Published 12 months ago by S. Goss
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