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on 21 October 2002
Having read every book written about the maverick Sellers, I was watering at the mouth in anticipation of the release of this. Some 20 years after his untimely death, there are numerous books on the market to choose from (some now deleted, some still selling well) - from accounts by his son to close friends and work colleagues, the man himself is covered from every angle (with the possible exception of a wife - come on Anne Hayes, you are best placed to do this).
Unfortunately, my anticipation was ill-placed. Although very well written, 'Mr Strangelove' doesn't offer anything new on the subject and disappointingly, seems to be codged together using material from previous books and quotes from the excellent Arena 3 part documentary on Peter. There doesn't seem to be any new material here at all - no effort seems to have been made to interview any of the many people who featured in Peter's life (although I am sure they are sick to death of offering words on Peter - having done it so many times now).
If anyone is to write another book about this subject, it has to offer something new and fresh and alternative to the biographies that have gone before. For anyone looking for a good book on Peter, you'd be better placed to read 'PS I love you' by Michael Sellers or the touching 'Remembering Peter Sellers' by Graham Stark. A well written effort by Sikov but that's all - and not enough to make a good book.
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on 28 May 2008
I really enjoyed this book. An amusing account of a very talented actor.
His talent for accents in particular has never been matched. There is some footage of him in rehearsals for Dr Strangelove messing about with different accents and it is astonishing he really nails them all, West Country, Yorkshire, several different London accents etc etc.

Anyway, back to the book - a funny, tragic book about a funny, tragic person. Despite his talent and success he wasn't and messed up most of his marriages by being completely well, mad really.
It may cover ground mentioned by other material but I you haven't seen or read that material as I haven't then that doesn't matter really.
Its depiction of the glamorous circles that Sellers moved in at the height of his career is one of it's best points.
I have knocked off a star for the fact that much of the interviews seemed to be cobbled together from other sources rather than carried out by the writer himself, but as has been said by other reviewers some people who knew him will be fed up to the back teeth of talking about Peter Sellers, so getting interviews can't be easy.
Also, many people who knew him are now dead or decidedly long in the tooth, which can't help.
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on 9 May 2016
Bit too much detail, rather 'anoraky'! We didn't need whole pages of dialogue from scripts. Apart from that, very comprehensive and painstakingly researched.
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on 30 May 2016
brilliant book
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on 28 March 2006
A fascinating read of the fascinating, and perhaps rather sinister, life of Peter Sellers.
He seems so likeable in his many comedy roles but he was, according to this book, a right royal pain in the butt! Insecure, needy and spiteful but also charismatic, lovable and loved, the subject of this biography lived through interesting times. I love to read about the entertainment industry during the fifties and sixties, to gain an insight into the times, and Sellers mixed with the low and high echelons of the British and American movie industry.
A well written book, apart from the strange use of '20th Century'. I would always write *the* 20th Century, but for some reason Sikov just writes 20th Century; thus, 'he was one of the great comic actors of 20th Century'. Put me right off my stride.
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on 12 January 2012
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