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A Postillion Struck by Lightning [Paperback]

Dirk Bogarde
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7 May 2009

'At the top of the field the cottage roof stuck up with its chimney, and then the flint walls and the two rather surprised looking windows in the gable looking down to the farm. Round the cottage was a rickety wooden fence with bits of wire and an old bedstead stuck in it, and some apple trees and the privy with its roof of ivy and honeysuckle'

A Postillion Struck by Lightning was a bestseller on first publication and marked Dirk Bogarde's transition from star of stage and screen to a bestselling and internationally acclaimed author.

This vivid and engaging memoir traces the first steps of Dirk Bogarde as a young actor before he became world famous as well as his childhood amidst the enchanting beauty of rural Sussex. Here is the delightful harmony of summer days spent fishing with his young sister, a hunt for an escaped tortoise, the discovery of the biggest mushroom in the world, and the quest to win a pet canary at the local fair. Then came the plays he and sister used to put on in their barn, followed by the local amateur dramatic society, all a prelude to his growing desire to join the world of the stage.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753819309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753819302
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Who knew that Dirk Bogarde was such a good writer? ... Full of surprises.' -- HAM & HIGH

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Dirk Bogarde's own vivid and engaging account of his childhood and first steps as an actor - a bestseller on first publication in 1977

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful evocation of childhood 29 Nov 2009
I have just finished my 4th read of this wonderful book , I rarely re- read books however this is one of my all time favourites and always makes me feel happy and warm so it's nice to get out when I am feeling a little glum !

This is in essence the 1st of Bogard's eventual multi-book autobiography and as a 1st book is remarkable for it's clarity and writing style. It charts his life from the seemingly idilic childhood in rural Sussex to the initial and highly succesful acting career he eventually had. The best part is his evocation of chilhood

this is a charming simple well written story that is informative and heart- warming - I went on to read ALL his other material through his long life including the biographies/ this man was a complex character and a very secret man - even to the end refusing to reveal his sexuality . He has an easy writing style - read and enjoy :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great autobiog from Bogarde 6 Mar 2014
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I have really enjoyed reading Dirk Bogarde's auto biographies - and this is probably my favourite one as it deals with his life before he went to war and started acting. It is a reflection of his early life on his Sussex holidays and then his time with his Scottish relatives when he is sent away to studyat a technical college.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite DB books 30 Jan 2014
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I have this in a book club edition but bought this copy for the photographs and the quality of the book. Sad, funny, comforting , disturbing but always honest and frank. It is a real autobiography about, mainly, his childhood not a typical actors/movie stars account of wild times etc. It is a lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories 19 May 2013
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One of the best books about childhood I've read. Dirk Bogarde is a wonderful writer and if you don't like biographies that's fine as Dirk's biographical books are better than the usual.So give them a try.
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