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Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis [Kindle Edition]

Warwick Davis , George Lucas
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Hi! Believe it or not, I’m a world famous actor. No really, I am. Hey! Don’t put the book back! Let me explain . . . You may not recognise my name – or my face for that matter – but it’s very likely you’ve seen me at work. I’ve managed to cram quite a bit into my thirty-year acting career. In fact I’ve helped put more bums on cinema seats than Will Smith or Tom Hanks. Who else can say that they’ve helped destroy a Death Star? Defeated an evil sorceress? Taught magic to Harry Potter? Become a Jedi Master? Reluctantly hitchhiked across the galaxy in search of the answer to the Ultimate Question? Or embarked (six times, no less) on a psychotic killing spree as a gold-obsessed leprechaun? I’ve also performed in a jazz club with the late, great Ray Charles, been kicked in the head by Ricky Gervais (twenty-three times) and have successfully navigated the Peterborough one-way system on more than one occasion. You may also have noticed that, at three-foot-six, I am ever so slightly below average height. My genes are arranged in a vaguely peculiar manner, which means I have a disorder that no one can pronounce (spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita – go on, try!) and very few people understand. This has thrown up its own trials and tribulations – particularly when my wife and I tried to start a family – but also in an everyday kind of way – surviving a supermarket shopping trip, getting into fights with drunks, that sort of thing. So, without further preamble – except to add that George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, Ron Howard, Ricky Gervais (amongst others) have chipped in – I urge you, discerning reader, to read on and discover what life is like when it really is too short. At the very least, George Lucas will finally explain why there really is no underwear in space – and who wouldn’t want to know that?


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"He's destroyed a Death Star, defeated an evil sorceress, taught magic to Harry Potter, become a Jedi Master and embarked on a psychotic killing spree as a gold-obsessed leprechaun. And now Warwick Davis has written a great autobiography." -- Norwich Evening News

'...a warm and classy biography of an actor who at just 3 feet 6 inches has proved he is an actor of significant stature.'
-- Ben Keenan of Waterstone's, Bury St. Edmunds, Bury Free Press

`In the ways that really count, he is a giant' --Daily Mail

`A must for film fans' --News of the World

`Davis' showbiz anecdotes entertain, and his more personal family tales are sincerely moving' --Empire

'A hugely entertaining memoir with contributions from George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, Ron Howard, and Ricky Gervaise among others.' --Yorkshire Evening Post, 16 April 2010

'Warwick writes with humour and humanity about his condition.' --Manchester Evening News, 14 May 2010

'at times both side-splittingly funny and touching, Warwick's is an engaging tale' --News of the World, 18 April 2010

'Warwick has starred in some of the most diverse films in the history of cinema and in this wonderful book he writes about most of them in his own unique and often hilarious style.' --Bury Free Press Series, 16 July 2010

'What really shines through in the book, aside from a slightly mischievous sense of humour, is the confidence Warwick was given by his parents, and the healthy attitude he has to his height.' --Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 30 April 2010

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Hi! Believe it or not, I′m a world–famous actor. No really, I am. Hey! Don′t put the book back! Let me explain . . . You may not recognize my name—or my face for that matter—but it′s very likely you′ve seen me at work. I′ve managed to cram quite a bit into my thirty–year acting career. In fact, I′ve helped put more backsides on cinema seats than Will Smith or Tom Hanks. Who else can say that they′ve helped destroy a Death Star? Defeated an evil sorceress? Taught magic to Harry Potter? Became a Jedi Master? Reluctantly hitchhiked across the galaxy in search of the answer to the Ultimate Question? Or embarked (six times, no less) on a psychotic killing spree as a gold–obsessed leprechaun? I′ve also performed in a jazz club with the late, great Ray Charles and been kicked in the head (twenty–three times) by Ricky Gervais, who has also asked me to play a fictionalized version of myself on the sitcom Life′s Too Short. You may also have noticed that, at three–foot–six, I am ever so slightly below average height. My genes are arranged in a vaguely peculiar manner, which means I have a disorder that no one can pronounce (spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita—go on, try!) and very few people understand. This comes with its own trials and tribulations—particularly when my wife and I tried to start a family—but also in an everyday kind of way—surviving a supermarket shopping trip, getting into fights with drunks, that sort of thing. So, without further preamble—except to add that George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, Ron Howard, Ricky Gervais (amongst others) have chipped in—I urge you, discerning reader, to read on and discover what life is like when it really is too short. At the very least, George Lucas will finally explain why there really is no underwear in space—and who wouldn′t want to know that?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4763 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press; 1st edition (15 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845138147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845138141
  • ASIN: B006VL1I1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Warwick's autobiography. It was a very entertaining read (I caught myself laughing out loud on many occasions!) Warwick takes you on a journey from the moment he was born (when his parents discover he has a very rare form of dwarfism), through to getting his first film role as Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars, to getting married and starting a family (the high's and low's), and then starting his own acting agency business with his father in law, for small people and tall people... With many different film roles in between.

Very entertaining, Warwick's personality comes across in this book - there is a lot of quick witted humour. I loved how he told you what happened behind the scenes on the various filmsets he worked on, and shows you pictures of when he was on set. What great memories!

I'm really looking forward to Warwick's new BBC TV Series 'Life's Too Short' which he mentions in his book, and I've just read in the Manchester Evening News that it will be on our screens very soon!

Highly Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 2 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have always liked Warwick Davis, but I recently saw him on Jonathan Ross and he was so entertaining and interesting I thought I would check out his book and i'm so glad I did. From start to finish it was a compelling read. Warwick has done so many things in his career so far and he writes about them with honesty, humour and pride. You find out so much about him, his family and his work so far, and also his obsession with McVities chocolate digestives!! The way he has written this book makes you feel like you know him personally once you've finished it and he has also included loads of photos from his home life as well as back stage pics from many of his film appearances. Even if you are not really a fan of his, I would recommend this book to anyone, I loved it, and so will you!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a guy 9 Jun. 2010
Format:Hardcover
What a fabulous little guy. His story is so easy to read and I found I could not put it down.Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much more than I expected! 19 Dec. 2011
Format:Hardcover
I will admit I only requested this because Warwick Davis has of course been in Harry Potter, I thought it would have gossip about his time on set etc, and I had a vague curiosity about his life before Potter. I didn't realise how long it had been out, I follow Warwick on Twitter and remember him tweeting about choosing a name for his book and time has just flown since.
I know this isn't the normal thing I read or review but I had to share how much I loved this book.
Warwick Davis is an inspiration, at under four feet tall he has definitely had his share of challenges but he takes everything in his stride and has led a truly extraordinary life.
I will say straight out - I am NOT a Star Wars fan so when I saw that a lot of the chapters talked about his time on set (it was where his career started over all) I was slightly dubious, but this is so much more. It wasn't so much talking about the films, but sharing his experience of fellow actors, producers, costumes, sets and scripts and the challenges presented day to day on set.
I would literally laugh out loud at bits in this book and Warwick's personality shines from the page. He may be a 'little person', but he has a BIG personality and a generous heart.
Never turning a job down, nothing is too good for Warwick and as such this has given him such a wide range of acting opportunities and more than his fair share of disasters and uncomfortable costumes and near injuries.
But he has also met an astounding cast of people in his life, but he doesn't brag about it. The whole book is very matter of fact and you can feel the pride he felt when working with these people. He is in no way big headed, I got the feeling that even after all these years and opportunities he still doesn't see himself as a star.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, inspiring & light hearted! 1 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I can't believe how many films Warwick Davis has been in! What an interesting life too. It makes a lovely change to read a biography which celebrates triumph over adveristy without playing on heartbreak and trauma. Easy to read, great coffee table book as it's easy to read in 'short spells'! Well done Mr Davis!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting & enjoyable 16 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
Enjoyed this book so much, looking at life in a different way, quite funny to read about what goes on behind the scenes. good holiday read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 Nov. 2011
Format:Paperback
A charming memoir from Warwick Davis, a "little person" who's really made it big. From his birth (to normal sized parents, he suffers from a one-in-a-million genetic disorder called SED) through his starts in films (and where better to start than "Star Wars") right up to the present day, Davis has an easy style that's both funny (various size-related misadventures) and occasionally painfully sad - the very brief lives of his first two children, Lloyd and George. Whilst he appears to skirt around some issues - apparently, bullying has never been a problem - he's otherwise not worried about telling things like they are and it's a refreshing read for it. I liked it a lot, so I'd recommend it highly, though your enjoyment is going to depend on your feeling towards the `classic' Star Wars trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary! 12 Aug. 2014
By DJF
Format:Kindle Edition
I was slightly apprehensive when starting this book as I don't particularly like some of Warwick Davis' recent work with Ricky Gervais so I wasn't sure if I would like the humour.
It is always nice to be proved wrong in this fashion! Warwick Davis comes across as a hardworking, fairly down to earth person whose book is both fascinating and amusing. I did laugh out loud in a few places and got told to "Shut Up" by the rest of the family - see Anne's blog on not reading amusing or emotional books in public!
Warwick Davis does not focus upon his height and the troubles that it has caused. There are many anecdotes concerning the ways he has found to get around the height problems - scaling supermarket shelves for example and a few mentions of the irritation when faced with people who consider stroking the head of a short person is lucky, but this is all tackled in a very upbeat manner. Warwick Davis is a pint half full sort of guy and his positivity and sense of fun are clear throughout. The obvious exception is when he talks about the trauma of loosing their first two children. He also seems to have boundless energy which I am sure is immensley exhausting for those around him!!!
A majority of the films that Warwick Davis has worked on have involved him being in heavy make up and with prostetics. The background to film making and how complex this all is was fascinating. The author's description of behind the scenes on films was lively and interesting and the highlight of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. It was light and easy to read with a lot of interesting information and anecdotes. I have come away feeling that should our paths cross I am sure to like this guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warwick has made the best of a different life
This book was really interesting. Warwick has made the best of a different life. I particularly enjoyed the photos and great sense of humour he has. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read have always been a fan, even bigger one now would recommend
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cant speak for content as it is a gift but book as described and service good
Published 1 month ago by pb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wow I wish I had this guys enthusiasm and outlook on life ,very interesting book ,could not put it down ,Warwick seems to be a kind person
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very good reading
Published 4 months ago by Haydon Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good read from a very funny chap
Bought this as a gift for my daughter as I'd already borrowed it from the library on my Nook. It's a good read from a very funny chap. Read more
Published 4 months ago by funmummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend!
Warwick Davis is a legend! He has made an excellent career for himself, he enjoys what he does and his life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Becca
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Fantastic
Published 6 months ago by mark collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice one Warwick.
Enjoyed reading the book on my iPad. I found Warwick to be very likeable and he just doesn't take himself too seriously nor not let life get him down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Cross
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I got bored reading about Ewoks.
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne Fieldhouse
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