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Ray Winstone: The Biography. The Story of the Ultimate Screen Hard Man.

Ray Winstone: The Biography. The Story of the Ultimate Screen Hard Man. [Kindle Edition]

Nigel Goodall
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There's so much more to Ray's on-screen tough-guy image, and his path to the top has been anything but plain sailing. He was every inch the rebel in his youth and was even a London schoolboy boxing champion; but he always had an affinity for acting. Deciding to pursue his dream through drama school, he soon found himself an outsider and was expelled. But he managed to blag his way into an audition for what would prove to be his big break -- his cocky, aggressive boxer's gait making him perfect for the lead in Alan Clarke's Scum. Going on to both small -- and big-screen success, as well as in the theatre, Ray really cemented his place in the pantheon of British acting greats with his breathtaking performance in Nil By Mouth, which earned him a BAFTA nomination. His subsequent roles in the likes of Sexy Beast, The War Zone and Last Orders, won him plaudits and continued his tradition of portraying tough, uncompromising men. But every tough guy has a heart, and Ray has tempered these roles with those in more light-hearted, romantic comedies such as Fanny and Elvis and There's Only One Jimmy Grimble. With roles in Indiana Jones 4, Beowulf (with Angelina Jolie) and London Boulevard, and with such great British telefilms as Henry VIII, Sweeny Todd and Vincent under his belt, Ray Winstone continues to go from strength to strength. From the humble East End to the glitz of the BAFTAs, Ray Winstone is now regarded as one of the foremost actors of his generation and the ultimate screen hard man. In this insightful biography, we see the man behind the tough, unflinching on-screen exterior.

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Nigel Goodall is a prize-nominated author with five bestselling film biographies to his name, including The Secret World of Johnny Depp and Christian Slater: Back From The Edge. Although a highly respected authority on Hollywood celebrities, and the author of last year's hardback bestseller, Being Davina, he has also written numerous books on the rock and pop world with subjects ranging from Cliff Richard, Elton John and the Rolling Stones to Cher, George Michael and Kylie Minogue. He has also contributed to various album and video projects for over a decade. He lives in Sussex, England, from where he travels occasionally to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! 29 Dec 2007
If you are looking for an authoritative biography of Ray Winstone - do not buy this book! Instead, look on the internet as the quality of the research in this book suggests that that's where Nigel Goodall got his information from!
The book consists largely of a series of quotes taken from interviews provided in other resources. Even then, Mr Goodall still manages to get a lot of his facts wrong.
Not only that but the writing, when he does actually write in his own words, is abysmal! Mr Goodall needs to go back to school and study sentence construction and punctuation.
I found this book incredibly frustrating to read - inaccurate facts, bad writing, and a clear lack of real knowledge of the subject. An actor of Ray Winstone's calibre deserves better than a cheap paparazzi-biog which appears to have ripped most of its material from other sources without checking their accuracy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Trash!!! 10 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a Ray Winstone fan, not huge fan, but a fan all the same. I only wish the above reviewer had written their review before I placed my order!! What utter rubbish this book is, I agree totally with the other reviewer and MORE! The writer goes into great detail about other people in the book as if the book is about the director or the producer, and how wonderful they are, and goes on far too much about Alan Clarke! He also goes into even greater depth about the film or TV show that Mr Winstone appeared in. Now correct me if I'm wrong here, but if you know of Ray Winstone and saw his films and TV shows, you won't need to read four pages of what the plot of that film/tv show is about, or am I missing the point? I spent half my time flicking through pages as I already knew what Scum, Quadrophenia, Sexy Beast, Nil by Mouth etc etc were all about. I was so looking forward to the book. My sound advice would be DON'T BUY THIS BOOK IT'S A COMPLETE AND UTTER WASTE OF MONEY! Disgraceful rip-off if I knew the writer's address I'd send the book back and demand a refund!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Without question, the only redeeming feature of this book is the the one in which Nigel Goodall plays no part, for the pictures are at least authentic. To say that this book is disjointed and factually inaccurate could still not convey the absolute awfulness of it. The writing, hackneyed at best, is interspersed with long arduous ramblings about the history of the films, locations and other actors, obviously all used to plump up the pages of a very poorly written biography. The enormous, patronising and unecessary film glossary just added insult to injury, only forgotten was "A is for Actor",you can perhaps draw your own conclusions to that. This book does not an ounce of justice to the fine actor Ray Winstone, incredibly disappointing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reluctantly finished 21 Nov 2008
This book is not so much a biography, more of a history of his films. There is not enough about the "REAL" Ray Winstone
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tedious read. 11 Mar 2008
A truly awful biography. After reading this book, I found I knew everything about Gary Oldham,Alan Clarke and a host of other people, who I have no interest in, but not a thing about Ray Winstone. The only thing that kept me reading was the assumption that sooner or later the author would actually discuss the subject matter. Alas,this never happened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Got this as a present, asked for the receipt 3 Mar 2011
Holy Moly this has to be the worst biography I have ever read. Save yourself from this experience and avoid at all costs. This was a Christmas present from my brother and his fiance as they know I think Ray Winstone is great. This "book" is awful and does not tell us anything about Ray Winstone and what it does tell you is general information I can find through google. In fact if you do manage to read this all the way through (as I have) you will find that much of the material is lifted from other sources and have no original script. Im very disappointed. If you want to know about Ray's childhood, its in here but it is written by a lazy author, as is his time working on Vincent and being Henry Tudor.

I have no idea who Ray Winstone is after reading this biography and I would like to know if he had anything to do with this project as he does not normally involve himself in this area. Perhaps he should have. The quality of the chapters are very much in keeping with a Year 9's GCSE English project. The book is filled with quotes and stories, mainly from people that Ray has worked with. Many of these are incredibly boring to read and add no pace or structure to the story of Ray's life. Reading through a few passages again, I notice that rarely is an opinion from Ray mentioned, except an opinion that has been gleaned from a newspaper interview or article.

I was casually flicking through the book before I started to read it and naturally the pages fell to the laminated photographs. A man called Karl Draper appeared in a side pane having taken Ray to court over an alleged attack. "Ooooooh interesting, I wonder what Ray did?" I was thinking. This was not addressed in the book at all! Why dedicate a photo to a moment in Ray's life that could had of changed his career and not explore it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biograhpy? 11 Aug 2012
By Marshey
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I bought this book as I know some of the people who Ray knows. So, so disappointed with it. I read the first four chapters (don't know how I got that far) and was so bored with it. I thought this was going to be a book by Ray about his life so far, but no, instead it just has some sentences/paragraphs by him. If you want a review about every film that he has been in (pages and pages of drivle zzzzzzzz), then get this book. If you want to know about Ray himself, don't bother. This to me is not a biography of a person - just about every programme or film he has been in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An English Acting Icon
A very good book that helps the reader see the inside world of one of Englands
finest actors whom I have enjoyed watching fo over 30 years.
Published 3 months ago by zannyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars ray
Very good price and delivery was excellent will recommend this to any one, they have plenty of choice very good
Published 3 months ago by nanny
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Very intersesting insight into the life and work of a man who doesn't think he is as good as he is.
Published 4 months ago by BARRY NEEDHAM
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A GOOD READ
How disappointing that a character such as Ray Winstone should have such a useless book written about himself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BOOKWORM 75
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I am a big fan of Mr Winstone's but was so very disappointed with this book. Read three chapters then had to give up - all about West Ham and England football team boring!
Published 6 months ago by Elaine McCormick
1.0 out of 5 stars Ray Winstone
Got this for my husband but he has stopped reading it and says it is far too boring to continue reading.
Published 7 months ago by kay
5.0 out of 5 stars If you a Ray fan, defo a book to read. Recommended.
Ray Winstone: The Biography. The Story of the Ultimate Screen Hard Man.This is a awesome bio of this hard man. If you a Ray fan, defo a book to read. Recommended.
Published 7 months ago by jason swartz
2.0 out of 5 stars poor
the book tends to drone on quite a bit and ends up being quite boring.Not what i expected at all.
Published 7 months ago by Darren Boden
1.0 out of 5 stars None
this the most un-bographical !!, book that anybody can read. it is more about the films and the presons behind it, could not finish it.bad,bad,bad. do not buy this book.
Published 8 months ago by chris fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough!
This book was ok but there wasn't enough information about Ray as a man ,it just seemed to be about his films he'd made and not some real juicy information about the private life... Read more
Published 9 months ago by WripleyK
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