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The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven Paperback – 1 Sep 1986

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New edition edition (1 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773680012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773680012
  • ASIN: 0340396431
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Sheridan Morley's 'The Other Side Of The Moon' is an incredibly absorbing biography of Hollywood film great David Niven. Niven starred in over 80 motion pictures, but the charming, suave actor is revealed to be a hollow man deeply wracked with personal insecurities. David Niven won the 1959 Academy Award Oscar in a starring role for his magnificent performance in 'Separate Tables', yet he spent the rest of his career looking over his shoulder. Author Morley does extensive interviews with many of Niven's co-stars and former close friends that reveal something of the darker side of the star. A horrible turning point in Niven's life, was the death of his young British wife from injuries sustained at a Hollywood party, while playing 'hide and go seek' at the house of Tyrone Power! On the positive side, the writer highlights David Niven's heroic service in the British Army in World War 2, and his nearly lone defense of the long deceased Errol Flynn against charges of being a Nazi sympathiser.
Sheridan Morley's 'The Other Side of The Moon' is a terrific, page-turning look at the complex actor we knew and loved as David Niven, and is a must have book for movie buffs.
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Format: Hardcover
Morley uncovers the real David Niven.
The best-selling autobiographies "The Moon's A Balloon" and "Bring On The Empty Horses", full of a rich treasure trove of stories of the golden days of Hollywood, never revealed more than a glimmer of Niven himself.
"The Other Side Of The Moon" provides an insight behind the self-deprecatory reticence of Niven's own writing, not only the highs but also the deep tragedy that he skirts around in stiff-upper lipped fashion in his own writing.
For fans of the raconteur and bon viveur that Niven epitomised for many, there are more anecdotes and show business gossip. This charting of Niven's life is unashamedly about the man himself though.
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Format: Audio Cassette
David Niven's 'The Moon's A Balloon' was one of the best-selling and most entertaining biographies of the 1970s. Sheridan Morley's definitive and revealing biography 'The Other Side Of The Moon', revisits the extraordinarily entertaining world of David Niven and tells the known and little known stories that filled his unique life and made him one of the best loved figures of his time.

His marriages, affairs and escapades are all recounted with affection and details that are humorous, sometimes scandalous. but always deeply moving.
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