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!