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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Last Word from the Top Companion"
I'm pleased to say that this is a great read. To be honest, if I hadn't enjoyed it, then I probably wouldn't have bothered with a review. I would have felt bad writing a negative one but fortunately I don't have to consider that.
Like all good autobiographies, it's got a good conversational style which the afterword by her family comfirms very much has her turn of...
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Bob Marlowe
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh I feel such a traitor but...!
Let me first say that I adored Sarah Jane & Elisabeth Sladen (indeed, as a child, I was shocked to learn that they are actually two separate people!) However, this book has been a bit of a personal disappointment to me as Elisabeth doesn't come across as the person I thought she was.
As another reviewer mentioned, she is very catty - bitchy at times - about people...
Published 6 months ago by Kelly A19
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely person Lis Sladen was!,
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (Hardcover)Having grown up watching Lis Sladen with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker on Doctor Who, I've always had great admiration for her. She was a superb (and IMHO) greatly underrated actress. I met her once, many years ago, and she was just simply lovely. So, like thousands of other people, I was terribly upset when she died.
This is an unusual autobiography. It's so conversationally written, it's like having a chat over a brew and a biscuit; almost as colourful as a novel, but still clearly real life- absolutely not the Memoirs of a Luvvie! Which seems to reflect it's subject well. And yet, although it focuses a lot on her Doctor Who work, I came away feeling I knew her better as a person rather than an actress or Doctor's Assistant. Which, again, says a lot about her personality.
If you have an interest in either the new or old versions of Doctor Who; or you have an interest in the day to day life(style) of a working actor/partner/mother; or you just feel like getting to know an interesting, amusing and intelligent woman a little better, this book is right up your street. What a lovely person Lis Sladen was!
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant read! Wonderful lady....all of her.,
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (Paperback)Everything I expected. A splendid book in every way. Written from the heart, this is a huge insight into working on Who - from the intimidating experience of being the "New-girl" and stepping into the shoes of the vastly popular Katy Manning, to making the role of Sarah Jane Smith her own. Lot's of chat about working and socialising with Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Nick Courtney and many others in front of, and behind, the camera. She finishes the book by discussing her comeback to the world of Dr Who, her huge regard for David Tennant, and the subsequent "Sarah Jane Adventures" serial. This was brought about at the behest of Russell T Davies who, along with the extraordinary late Barry Letts, she clearly adored. The returned transcript of this book from the publishers apparently sat in Lis's desk awaiting a final approval. Sadly she could not provide that approval but her husband of almost 43 years (Brian Miller) and daughter (Sadie Miller) thankfully did. This book is a MUST for Dr Who fans everywhere - and anyone else who likes to read a believable account of a famous actor's life experiences......or at least some of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars So Sad Elisabeth had gone,
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this,
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (Kindle Edition)A friendly, light-hearted, humorous natter.
The book covers her childhood and early years as an actor; there is quite a bit about her years with Jon and Tom's doctors; life after Who, the Who conventions, and the return to Doctor Who in School Reunion and then the offshoot Sarah Jane Adventures.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! what a great read,
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (Paperback)As an earlier customer wrote that it was as though lis was talking to you personally and it was!....It was open and honest no less than what you would expect from such a wonderful person and i'm so glad that brian and sadie miller (lises loving husband and daughter) desided to let the book be puplished thank you both for that and she never let anyone down i dont think we just love and miss her all the more.......there were parts where i had tears in my eyes with laughter with all the characters she knew you almost forget she has gone at times reading it......brilliant
5.0 out of 5 stars The Interesting Story of a Wonderful lady,
I really came into Doctor Who with the wonderful Jon Pertwee so Sarah Jane was the first companion for me who carried over into another Doctor with Tom Baker.
She always took it seriously whether it was rubber faced monsters, or giant puppets.
So it was interesting to hear her full story from her early family life into her early acting career then her big break in Doctor Who, a role which some people may have felt stalled her career as she was forever associated with that role but she obviously never felt that way.
This was an at times funny and humorous account of a life filled with ups and downs but always enjoyed.
The stories of life on set may have been told before but they were related with flair.
The great sadness is that she never lived to see the reaction to her story and the great loss to all of her fans that she didn't get to read it herself.
This is quite a long recording I could probably have read the book in half the time but it was great to hear her story read by s friend who knew her and injected great warmth into her reading.
A definite buy not only for Doctor Who fans but for anyone who enjoys the accounting of an interesting life lived to the full.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and entertaining,Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (BBC Audiobooks)
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - simply brilliant,
5.0 out of 5 stars A class of her own,
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (Hardcover)Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography
A thoroughly enjoyable read on two levels. Firstly it is an engagingly honest and very open reflection of her life, and the obvious joy she takes in meeting with and working with different people throughout.In addition there are the insights into her acting roles and the attitude she adopts where she calls it 'work' seemeingly oblivious to the fact that her TV roles especially were so influential to so many.
Couldn't put the book down..... a great read.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read,
This review is from: Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography (Kindle Edition)This is the first autobigraphy that I've ever read through to the end and I think that the Kindle helps with this. I enjoyed the book a lot but just felt that it needed more in terms of how Elisabeth felt in some of the situations that she had been in, for example, the School Reunion episode of Who. That's not to say that it is not worth reading, it is. It's just that I wanted more......
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Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography by Elisabeth Sladen (Hardcover - 25 April 2012)