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Mr Strangelove - something new?
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.