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No Bells on Sunday: Journals of Rachel Roberts [Paperback]

Rachel Roberts , Alexander Walker
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere Books; New edition edition (Oct 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722188668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722188668
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Painful but Essential Read! 21 Nov 2010
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I was reccomended this book by actress Maxine Peake and I wasnt dissapointed it arrived....and I sat down and pretty much read it in one sitting. It features writings from Rachel Roberts' own journals written in the last eighteen months prior to her death interspersed with commentary from Alexander Walker who has spoken to and interviewed many of Rachel Roberts' friends including Jill Bennett, Jeffrey Lane and her lover Darren Ramirez. The book makes for painful reading detailing as it does Rachel's depressions, her alcoholism and her suicide attempts. She dwells repeatedly on the loss of her marriage to Rex Harrison and her hope occaisionally is that they will re-unite. It never happens. More often than not it is an interesting role such as The Headmistress in "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (Peter Weir, 1975) which tears her from her depression and plunges her into being someone else for a while. Its beautifully written both by Roberts and by Walker who has enormous sympathy for his subject and never condescends. This is a must for anyone who loves Rachel Roberts' performances, is involved in Acting Or has an addictive personality. Probably the best book Ive read this year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Bells on Sunday: Journals of Rachel Roberts 6 Dec 2012
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The late Alexander Walker tidied up the journal of this tragic actress with precision and insight. Almost unbelievable as the life story of a very talented actress
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5.0 out of 5 stars the fantastic Rachel Roberts 23 Dec 2013
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i really loved this book. I found it a facinating story. the journels were written right up to the day of Rachels suicide. it deals a lot with her marriage to Rex Harrison and also her depression and alcoholism. she was a wonderful character but also a tortured soul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, sad, sad.... 6 Feb 2006
By Lyndel Navarro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This biography of the late, great Rachel Roberts is very well written (if somewhat sanitized). Ms. Roberts, the Welsh actress who was the 4th Mrs. Rex Harrison, had a very sad life post her divorce from Harrison. This book is based on part on her own journals which were discovered after she committed suicide in Los Angeles in November of 1980. The book details her depression and alcoholism which plagued her most of her adult life and certainly contributed to the demise of her marriage to Harrison. Her behaviour was certainly outlandish and her drunken rampages are the stuff of legend. This book details (much of it in Ms. Robert's own words) her downward spiral which culminated in her suicide at the age of 53. It is sad that the woman never got the help she so desperately needed. This book is very intruiguing and yet very sad at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Book 19 Jan 2008
By Philip Cairns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book consists of Rachel Roberts' diary entries, interspersed with biographical info about her. You really feel that you come to know what goes on inside this woman. However, reading this book is extremely depressing. Roberts had a bit of a warped notion of the world and what is important. Money, fame and prestige seemed to be paramount in her life. And she obsessed about Rex Harrison and the luxuries he could give her.
She had quite an illustrious career but the woman needed therapy and a stay at a rehab clinic.
I recommend this book, however. One gets a sort of voyeuristic look into her private life, by reading her diary entries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic but Beatiful 30 May 2013
By kljvio - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a true tragedy to read of Rachel's unraveling, but through it all, she remained and remains one of the greatest actresses (and as it turns out) writers ever. RECOMMEND
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 26 Aug 2014
By D. Kelson - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, I bought the book based on the cover (yes, I judged a book by its cover). It states "The Rachel Roberts Journals edited by Alexander Walker", (VERY MISLEADING) so that's what I expected. Dates and entries. I'm not intersted in a biography or notes by other people. If I had saw this in a book store and opened it, I never would have bought it. I read The Richard Burton Diaries edited by Chris Williams, and that's exactly what it is. Dates and entries.
The book is difficult to read because I had to skim passed all the stuff that I have no interest in on each page looking for something actually written by Rachel Roberts, which isn't that much.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad book 6 Dec 2012
By A. Childs - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very sad to read. The poor woman's depression overwhelmed her so much that she couldn't see what an exciting and lucky life she actually had. It was very informative to me what depression does to someone's mind and way of thinking. I never realized the inherent pain they suffer
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