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Sparks Fly Upward - Signed first edition Hardcover – 9 Feb 1981

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (9 Feb. 1981)
  • ASIN: B0043SJOKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,699,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Rogers on 3 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is quite simply a very amusing, witty book. The book's style is very similiar to that of David Niven.
It covers his rise to stardom, the famous ladies in his life & many genuinely funny incidents & anecdotes.
The first time I read it I was unable to put it down as it had me in stitches of laughter. But of course there are serious moments which Mr Granger has a wonderful way of recounting.
Even if you've never heard of Stewart Granger you will enjoy his memories of being a leading male actor in the 40's & 50's, first in Britain & then in America.
This is a wonderful book, don't miss out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Chipperfield on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Not being a fast reader (due to my long working hours) I was surprised to notice that I had polished all 406 pages of this book off in less than 2 weeks!!! I had found myself bringing it to work to read on breaks, reading it at dinner, turning off the television to read it, staying up reading it until 2 a.m. and even reading it before my alarm would go off in the morning, I just couldn't put it down!
I had always been a Granger Fan since my Dad put on King Solomon's Mines for us to watch when I was 14 and hoped to find a copy of his autobiography some day (thanks amazon.)
The man's gracious and humble yet firm and determined attitude showed beautifully on paper, and was such a breath of fresh air after seeing that all the flash in the pan "celebrities" of the 21st century have all had their story told after 3 films/chart topping tracks.
The book could never let you stay in one mood for more than 2 pages. On the one hand, his life was a fun filled adventure, from modest beginnings as girl chasing film extra to defending the Scottish coast during the Second World War, success in Hollywood and adventure holidays in Africa and India hunting big game, on the other hand, his constant struggling as an actor, a husband and a father were very moving. He fought for his career against the studios, he fought for his wife against Howard Hughes, and he fought to give his children the happy home they would never have.

Buy this book, and you are guaranteed the funniest and most thrilling life story you will ever read.

5 STARS, 100%, 10/10, whatever you want to say!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By In Glorious Black And White on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Everything you hope from a biography. It is a funny, poignant, self depracating.

Inside stories and a splendid portrayal of the Hollywood and British film industry in the 50's.

A perfect holiday entertainment, as a good a read as I have had.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Byron on 25 July 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Sparks Fly Upward (Panther Books)Like his image in the movies Stewart Granger's own biography is written in the style of a gentleman.It evokes an era of a peculiar kind of chivalry that whilst trying to be upright in its own way it also reveals all the prejudices associated with it.
Mr.Granger is honest enough to admit his own faults and is not afraid to say his opinion on those he loved and trusted.
A very enjoyable book much like the several romantic films he made.Witty,charming and hugely entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Mullender on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I found this an honest and true reading into his spectacular life. I'm 22 and I've always adored Stewart Granger, I find him fascinating. His out look on life and his general attitude towards everything couldn't be better written than in this Book. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Stewart Granger or even an actors life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. Robinson on 25 Jan. 2015
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How I disagree with Wendy Reid's comments, this book tells a fascinating story, not all sex although it is in there, and as regards David Niven that she mentions as being wittier than Granger, thats utter tosh, I have read all Nivens books and its down to individual taste, I found them quite boring in parts even though I liked Niven very much whereas Granger is brilliant and very funny, buy it, you wont regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Actualfactual on 20 Dec. 2014
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I don't like Stewart Granger but I do like his autobiography. He is a very funny and honest raconteur. You know what it's like you're always looking for something as good as " the Moon's a Balloon". and this is ...nearly. Definitely worth your time.
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