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Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde
Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde
by Franny Moyle
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Life is a terrible thing", 3 Mar. 2012
Insightful, thorough, fair, deftly-structured and moving, this is simply one of the best biographies ever written. Moyle is highly adept at recounting the story of Mrs Oscar Wilde with flair and a fresh new perspective, in a way that would capture the interest of even the most disinterested reader. Far from the dull crusty fact-heavy log it could have been, Moyle looks at Constance with a twenty-first century perspective whilst retaining the quintessential Victoriana that defined her life. The sources and evidence the author draws upon are extensive (unlike many similar retellings of the Wilde story which seemingly rely on De Profundis alone!) Tragic and scandalous indeed - though not exclusively so - and unexpectedly sad when it ends as most biographies do, in (untimely) death. Well worth a read.


Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography
Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography
by David Tennant
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars My Sarah Jane, 28 Feb. 2012
Elisabeth Sladen was, quite rightly, adored by so many for so long that expectations for this autobiography were sky-high. The only thing that provides any solace in light of her untimely death is that all of those expectations were met.

This memoir is witty, sweet, genuine - superlative. Fans of classic Doctor Who will be pleased to see that Elisabeth is very thorough in her account of 1973-6, her first stint on the show, in which every story is discussed at length. The chapters that cover her extensive and successful career before and after Who, particularly in theatre, are equally engaging, as is David Tennant's beautifully-crafted foreword. Her knowledge of Who is extensive and her love for the show shines through, as does her honesty, which is a greatly desired quality in books such as these.

The only negative is the everpresent sadness that such a young, wonderful, beautiful lady is no longer with us. Particularly saddening was Elisabeth's insistence that others think ill of her or even dislike her (for example, she wrongly believed Phillip Hinchcliffe wanted her to leave the show). It is a real shame that she died not knowing how much everyone - everyone - valued her. Her modesty prevents her talking about The Sarah Jane Adventures in much detail, which is another great shame, as it would have been lovely to hear story-by-story anecdotes here too, but one cannot help but admire and respect her good-naturedness. Brian and Sadie Miller's postscript is particularly touching. Their loss is, it goes without saying, far greater than anyone else's, and their contribution eluminiates what a fantastic mother and wife she was, as well as actress, as well as role model, as well as person.

A fitting tribute.


The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere's Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World's Classics)
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere's Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World's Classics)
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Wilde!, 6 Feb. 2012
A brilliant collection from Oxford World's Classics, aesthetically pleasing as ever, it includes all of Wilde's 1890s "social masterpieces" as well as a flawless translation of 'Salome'.

The introductory notes are helpful if you're studying the text and interesting if just reading for pleasure. Every play is delightfully written, laugh-out-loud funny and clever, particularly 'An Ideal Husband' (thanks to the wonderful character Sir Robert Chiltern), though 'Earnest' also is always a crowd-pleaser. If you enjoy satire, late Victorian literature, like a laugh and appreciate Wilde's genius then this is perfect. Good on the page even though written to be seen - that surely is the mark of a good play!


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