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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; First Edition edition (16 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861057342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861057341
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Uproarious and brilliant' - 'Daily Mail'" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Winner is an acclaimed British film director and restaurant critic. In his role as a director, he is perhaps best known for his 'Death Wish' films of the seventies and eighties. His 'Sunday Times' food column is a must-read - with guaranteed acerbic comments directed at those who deserve them. A collection of Michael Winner's columns, 'The Winner Guide' (ISBN 1 86105 503 X), is also published by Robson Books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Davidson on 17 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my all-time favourite autobiographies because it is highly entertaining and interesting and wonderfully humorous. Michael Winner has worked with some of the all-time famous and powerful actors and actresses global.
Being a top movie director he gets to know these people quite intimately because he works with them on a day to day basis over periods of time during filmmaking and they often became his personal friends, in many cases for life. So you actually get his personal opinion of the true character of the likes of Charles Bronson, Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum, Burt Lancaster, Oliver Reed are many more.
There are some hilarious behind the scenes moments during filmmaking this book is an absolute must on entertainment and interest value.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Hobday on 25 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Unlike most people writing those letters that appear in Michael Winner's restaurant column in the Sunday Times, I think he is simply a straightforward and honest person who says what he thinks (most of those wimps forever put up with bad service and manners).

If you are interested in movies, then this is, as David Nivens book, a great account of what it's like to be in the business. Winner is a producer / director. I could have done with more detail of how he makes a movie as I know what it's like to try and get more money when trying to finish a project! His approach to film making is different from most, if you read what Charles Bronson and others say about him. I have promised to send my children copies of this book, as there is so much to learn from life. And as far as his stealing and lying is concerned, the reviewer above who thought it wrong, was taught correctly and shouldn't change his ways! Mr Winner did not become a millionaire by stealing. He became a millionaire through his ability to be direct and being very good at his job. Those he worked with obviously appreciated that.

Peter Hobday
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this entire book on a transatlantic flight and, although it deprived me of sleep, I read it from cover to cover during the flight!
It is well written and, rather than being the usual "self-congratulatory" type of autobiography, it gives a great insight into movies with loads of anecdotes about the actors, producers, directors and film crews who made them (with hardly a bad word about any of them). Even if you're not a dedicated movie addict (which I am not - I have only seen 4 of the films made by Mr. Winner), the book is not a technical description of movie making and you will find this a very entertaining read.
In short, a well told and often hilarious story of a fascinating life, written with great humour - well worth reading.
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By RV on 11 Mar. 2014
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Whilst the writing of Michael Winner's autobiography is not in the top class, the contents of the book are. I read the book after his death, and I am impressed with his achievements, his sense of humour and his feeling towards fellow human beings. For people who loved him, Michael's autobiography is a delight. If you disliked the man, then reading the book may change your attitude towards this remarkable human being who love life to the full.
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By A. Smith on 9 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Michael Winner breathes, Michael Winner speaks, Michael Winner is- a simple mantra i use to 'calm down' of an evening with thoughts of the great man. And when i heard he had also written books about the greatness of his life i was forced to rush out and buy this, the Tarby inspired 'Winner Takes All: A life of sorts'. And what sorts he has experienced. You can imagine.
Calm down dear, and buy this book, you won't not regret it, you won't.
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By Mr. P. Amiel on 12 Jan. 2014
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I struggled a bit with this but stayed with it. It is Winner, Winner and Winner right the way through. The parts I enjoyed the most were those dealing with Michaels' family and his upbringing and I got the feeling that in this area there was more to tell. The rest of the book is about the fims he made and how he made them: riveting but not compelling.
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What an eventful life ..very interesting read.

Loved the Sophia Loren " what is the discount" anecdote. Now regularly used without shame, instead of the meek "is there a discount?"

I bet heaven is a slightly more amusing place now, with its own new "standby painter".
God bless you Mr Winner!
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