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Michael Caine
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1 July 1993
Michael Caine is the best-loved film actor Britain has ever produced, Here, for the first time, he reveals the truth about his childhood, his family and his hard-fought journey from London to Hollywood, bringing to life the lean years and the triumphs with astonishing candour. And with typical charm and humour he talks about the movies, about his relationships - on and off screen - with other actors and directors, and about the memorable screen presence which is his hallmark

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  • Paperback: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (1 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099218518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099218517
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Michael Caine CBE has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules.

He has starred in over one hundred films, becoming well-known for several critically acclaimed performances including his first major film role in Zulu in 1964, followed by films including The Ipcress Files, Get Carter, Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Educating Rita, and more recently The Dark Knight, Is Anybody There? and Harry Brown.

He has written two bestselling volumes of memoir; What's It All About in 1992 and The Elephant to Hollywood in 2010.

He was appointed a CBE in 1992 and knighted in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to cinema. Married for more than 30 years, with two daughters and three grandchildren, he and his wife Shakira divide their time between England and the United States.

Praise for The Elephant Hollywood:

'a gold standard celebrity who makes the modern sort look cheap' The Times

'uproarious and unflinching' Mail on Sunday

'Mr Caine is a charming raconteur....he writes with a quality that has grown rare among memoirists: good cheer' New York Times

'Michael Caine's second work of memoir brims with his gift for genial anecdote, but this time there's a hint of sadness as he looks back' Sunday Times

'To read Caine is to be in the company of an amiable, sentimental man who has achieved great success - and happiness - without appearing to be in the least smug.' Daily Mail

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"Written with just the right mix of warmth and candour, and in a prose style that is the literary equivalent of his easy-going, up-front persona, this is hugely enjoyable. A super book that informs as much as it entertains" (Sunday Express)

"It has taken two decades to get a man back on the Moon, and the man is Michael Caine. Niven's influence as a writer runs rights through it...some genuinely vintage laughs" (Sunday Times)

"Caine gives his public value for money, covering his whole life with David Nivenish charm" (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The autobiography of one of the nation's best-loved stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Written in a language that anyone can understand. Michael Caine dispels the untruths that have been written about him. He lays on the line his heart felt life story from his acting "debut" at the age of three right up to the the "discovery" of his half brother David. It will leave the reader laughing out loud and at times holding back the tears. His account spans an era that most readers will find nostalgic to say the least. How the son of a market fishmonger hob nobbed it with the greats of Hollywood and the British Royalty. If you want to know Michael Caine this is the only book to read, especially if you want to know "what his life was was all about".
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Caine 17 Sep 2002
This book is simply amazing. Never before have I laughed so much from what I have read, or been touched by some of the things that Michael Caine has written in this amazing book. The section where he describes the death of his father is particularly touching. This however is an up-lifting book, and it has to be the funniest I've read. Comparisons with Niven are fully justified, and Caine's easy-going persona comes across well wonderfully the printed page.
In short, buy this book. If you're a fan wanting to know the score from the man himself, or if you're simply looking for a truly entertaining read, then this has to be the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining. 19 Dec 1998
By A Customer
What's It All About is a terrific read. Caine is both witty and entertaining in the role of raconteur - one which he clearly enjoys. Much like David Niven before him he manages to combine the ordinary facts of his life and experiences with just the right amount of name dropping. Stars parade in and out of his stories but you never lose sight of the real star of the book - nor does he ever lose sight of his origins. You sense that he is still bemused by his own success and still grateful for all he has got. Only pick this book up if you have a little time to spare as I promise you, you won't want to put it down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gentleman 2 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Michael Caine is as funny, kind, intelligent and endearing as he is on film. Some of his stories made me howl with laughter. His memories of the making of Zulu (one of my favourite films) was very funny. For a person to fight as he has done throughout his life and career and to still be going strong in top selling films today is truly remarkable. This book simply has to be on everyone's reading list
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Icon...... 22 Jun 2010
This is a great book. Charting the history of this true Icon's childhood years through to his rise to fame.

I found that this book was a true "page-turner". Michael details his close run thing with fame and introduces a host of colourful characters throughout. I have to say that I can still remember the way he dealt with a "top" Holywood star that was behaving like a spoilt brat - sheer genius.

I haven't read this again in many years but there are so many passages that I can recall vividly. If you haven't read an autobiography and wonder whether to bother read this now. It really is an amazing insight into a genuine star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Nothing To Everything 4 Oct 2007
The Story of how Maurice Micklewhite became Sir Michael Caine, a rags to riches story told by the great man himself.

Lots of name droppings as you's expect from a star but the story of how he got the Name Caine & the Story of His unknown Disabled Brother are very poignant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you liked the books by David Niven then this is a gem . It's so well written that you visually see every page happen . If you don't laugh out or wipe your eyes then you have no feelings . The gas mask from when he was a boy had me falling off my sun lounger in Maderia . A first class well written read .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 28 Feb 2011
This was very enjoyable. I read it ages ago and have bought it to recommend to my son and read again when he has finished! It is easy to read and very interesting. Well written and one of those books you carry around to read when you have a moment. Try it!
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although this was no whodunnit mystery,you just couldnt leave it.
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Michael allways feels sorry for himself from his childhood to his days of paying tax ,his early life was no different to mine and many others ,most of us would love to be paying... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars why have i not received the book
Why I have not yet recieved the book on my kindle could you please investigate.it for me.


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