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Vanished Years [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Everett
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rupert Everett's first memoir - Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - was an international bestseller and an instant classic on publication in 2006. Reviewers compared him to Evelyn Waugh, David Niven, Noel Coward and Lord Byron. But Rupert Everett is - of course - one of a kind.

Mischievous, touching and nothing less than brilliant, this new memoir is filled with stories, from childhood to the present. Astonishing encounters; tragedy and comedy; vivid portraits of friends and rivals; razor-sharp observations of the celebrity circus from LA to London and beyond... there is something extraordinary on every page.

A pilgrimage to Lourdes with his father is both hilarious and moving. A misguided step into reality TV goes horribly wrong. From New York to Moscow to Berlin to Phnom Penh, Vanished Years takes the reader on a wild and wonderful new journey with a charming (and rather disreputable) companion.

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Gorgeous ... Everett is fearless when gossiping about A-listers because he wants nothing from them ... most of all he is just a very good writer indeed (Julie Burchill Observer)

After reading Vanished Years I didn't just want to buy the book but kidnap its author and gallivant about town with him for ever (Guardian)

A literary star ... Anyone who enjoys peeking behind the curtain of celebrity life will love it. However, what really sets this book apart ... is its unexpected subtlety (Daily Telegraph)

[An] instant classic (Independent)

Stands head and shoulders above the season's celeb memoirs ... With nobody left in Tinseltown to please, Everett unleashes himself as a hilarious, unsparingly bitchy chronicler of celebrity hell ... irresistible (Books of the Year Sunday Times)

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A triumphant follow-up to the classic bestseller Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - fascinating, witty and endlessly entertaining.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3776 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Q09RO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Romp... 17 Oct. 2012
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This is not a 'celebrity' autobiography, a ghost-written TV tie-in, or a C-list Christmas stocking-filler luvvy fest. Rather it's a beautifully nuanced, elegantly written, and effortlessy moving memoir from an actor who really deserves to be more highly regarded in his profession - and our affections - than he currently is. That he can act AND write so beguilingly is evidence, if any were needed, of a rare talent. I have always had a soft spot for Rupert Everett, despite - maybe because of - the drugs, debauchery, and rent-boy backstory (what's so wrong with a little youthful fun?) that appear to have hobbled and compromised his acting credentials. I absolutely loved his previous autobiographical outing (!) in 'Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins', and this second volume fills in some of the gaps, a hugely entertaining, witty, and often camp chronicle of doomed friendships, raucous adventures, and heartstring-tugging charity missions. Particularly moving are those chapters on his father, with the likes of Anita Pallenberg, Nicky Haslam, Isabella Blow, Derek Jacobi, Natasha Richardson and others making up a reliably glamourous and gossipy supporting cast. In short, this is a delicious romp in the company of a consummate roué and accomplished story-teller.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read memoir 4 Nov. 2012
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I first heard Rupert Everett reading excerpts from Vanished Years on Radio 4's book at bedtime and bought it straight away - it's great when an author reads his own work and he does it so well in this case, with the full array of American accents! Most of what I heard was the episode of the American sitcom which was hilarious - I imagined this was what the whole book was going to be. In fact it's so much more. It's not a linear actor's biography of all the funny or glamourous experiences he has had, as perhaps one might expect. It is funny and does recount glamourous parties like the party given by Tina Brown for Talk magazine on Statue of Liberty island in the twilight of the last century, to which Rupert accompanies Madonna.

An author can focus his attention on the superficial or something more profound. In this book Rupert manages to mix the two with a mastery of hand jumping back and forth in time and weaving these elements together with his stunning prose that makes it so much more than a 'romp.' It's about death and illusion. At one stage, after Natasha Richardson's funeral he walks back across a frozen Central Park "The lake is frozen. The city towers over the treetops, a galaxy of windows sparkling with life, while the dead whistle round the naked branches in the park below." It's about the contrast of what we think we are going to be or do and what we actually achieve. Speaking of Natasha, "Perhaps we were more alike than we cared to admit. Both of us dreamt, after all, of entirely different careers for ourselves than the ones we ultimately achieved. (She wanted to be Vivien Leigh and I wanted to be Montgomery Clift.)" It's about the passing of time and the coming to terms with who you are, in relation to your parents, your dreams, your friends, your lovers and yourself. Brilliant! Bravo Mr Everett! Encore!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ 17 Nov. 2012
I adored Rupert's last biography, Red Carpets & Banana Skins, and this one is just as beautifully written and entertaining. The wonderful thing about Rupert is that he is such a complex, talented and flawed human being, which makes him so compelling. He lays himself bare, which a lot of autobiographers avoid doing, because they don't want anyone to know their short-comings. Rupert doesn't care and I think that is what makes his book so thrilling. He's so honest, about himself and everyone he comes into contact with. He has a formidible intelligence, a sharp wit and a great gift for writing. In fact, I wish he'd write more novels. He's one of the best writers of prose I have ever read. His imagery sometimes takes my breath away, as does his viper-sharp analysis of the people who cross his path. He's a great story-teller and a brilliant observer of human nature - most notably his own! This is undoubtably the very best autobiography I have read. I envy anyone who still has it to look forward to!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent Writing 27 Sept. 2012
I absolutely loved this book. Rupert writes beautiful prose and whether he's describing the poignant trip to Lourdes with his father or appearing on The Apprentice, he manages to be evocative and witty. His acid tongue is well employed knocking the holy cows of modern celebrity. He's also self effacing and self aware and turns his wit towards himself. It's a treat of a book to read, compulsive and moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful 26 Jan. 2013
If you're looking for a showbiz memoir, full of reminisces about celebrity high jinks involving copious quantities of drugs and sex, then this isn't it. This is more a thoughtful and very English (well, a certain type of middle-class English) autobiography that is thoughtful, insightful and moving, as Everett looks to console himself with the memories of the "vanished years, remembered laughter, remembered tears". He isn't always successful in finding that consolation, and the overall tone of the book is one of tender melancholy for lovers, friends and family that have faded into the black.
Everett can write, and the memories that he wanders through here aren't always maudlin. The book starts with a funny reprise of his fleeing from the filming of BBC's celebrity Comic Relief Apprentice, nailing Alan Sugar as the long lost brother of Sid James while shrieking with terror in the face of Alastair Campbell and Piers Morgan's boarding-school bullying. It was one of the few well-known incidents he recalls that I can remember. I'm not that interested in showbiz or celebrity, and I read this book because of the reviews that said it was funny, observant and cynical about that whole world, which it is. But more than that it was the thoughtful examination of his relationships with his friends and family in the face of the Grim Reaper that will stay with me, an anthem for doomed youth and old age pensioners that is simultaneously warm and chilling.
At one point, about halfway through the book, I thought about giving up as it wasn't really gripping me enough, but I'm glad I stuck with it to the end, the final chapters being some of the strongest and best written as far as I was concerned. I'm not sure that Rupert Everett is comfortable with growing old, but he's stuck with it like we all are, and his autobiography is maybe a way of trying to come to terms with it. And I'm glad he wrote it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worth all the praise it has beeb given
Published 22 days ago by Karyl Mueller-pringle
4.0 out of 5 stars ... on the first book but this is still a good interesting and...
Not a patch on the first book but this is still a good interesting and fascinating read. You always want o meet Everett and have a drink with him
Published 1 month ago by mt b r thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted writer
Having read his first book Red Carpets & Banana Skins I couldn't wait to read this. He is an excellent writer and as a reader you feel totally absorbed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deb's
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just loved it.
Published 4 months ago by claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved his previous memoir and this one was every bit as good, beautiful, funny and very poignant. A very talented writer with a wicked sense of humour and a warm heart.
Published 6 months ago by MRS H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very interesting and good read .
Published 6 months ago by john f keys
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than red carpets............
After having read 'Red carpets and other banana skins' which I found dreadfull
I gave this one a try... and this was worth every penny. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sabine Winckler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wites like a dream ~ this one is about death; surprisingly profound...
Published 7 months ago by Treld Pelkey Bicknell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Awful book.
Published 8 months ago by alpaca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by drummoyne
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