I have to give Jessica Carney, his granddaughter, applause, for compiling this informative book. I dare say that some parts of the book may be deemed as redundant, such as her extensive telling of his stage and film credits in the main part of the biography, which are later recapped in the appendix. But her insight to his private live as an illegitimate child, the positive mentor who greatly changed his life, and the way that William Hartnell was seen through the eyes of his granddaughter, as opposed to those who never personally knew the man, was what made this biography such a great book. Any reader should appreciate the fact that this isn't a book about William Hartnell's time on Doctor who, but his overall career. Additionally, a number of unrelated Doctor Who photographs of William Hartnell were an exceptional treat, and the only thing lacking is that there were not more of these photographs, and personal anecdotes from former cast members.
Many thanks to Jessica for giving us this insight into her grandfather's life. And, if we're lucky, perhaps in a few years, she'll revise this book with more of what I previously mentioned. But even if she does not, I still highly recommend adding this book to your personal library, if you can still get a copy of it. Sorely, not nearly enough copies were printed to meet the demand of those who cherished the life and career of William Hartnell.