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on 31 May 2006
If you want to read dirt dishing, then this is not for you, but if you want an honest book that is spread over a life and love for acting from TV's golden age to the present this book is a fascinating insight to how the profession has changed over the years. And if you read "Five Rounds Rapid" you have to read this.

Candid thoughts and reflection gives the book a voice that makes the reader feel like you are chatting with the author.

If you are a fan of Doctor Who you will love it and if you are someone who is interested in biographies of the world of the thespians you will adore it.
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on 2 June 2006
An excellent and enjoyable read for any Doctor Who fan, but also for anyone who's interested in learning more about the realities of being a jobbing actor.

Nick Courtney has clearly lead a fascinating life and this is brought out well within the pages of this book. A definite improvement on Five Rounds Rapid, no doubt due to the influence of his co-author, Michael McManus.

It's a great holiday read, because you won't want to put it down to have to get on with the normal chores of daily life. I recommend it.
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on 31 May 2006
I first read a draft of this excellent book whilst on a long flight to Los Angles. By the time the flight had landed I had read this enthralling tail of an actors career. The added bonus being that I am a big Doctor Who fan and a particular fan of the great Mr.Courtney.
The book is superbly written and has an easy going style that makes it an essential read for anyone interested in the arts! I thoroughly recomend this book to all!
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on 7 March 2012
This is a very entertaining book. Nicholas Courtney comes across as a lovely and thoughtful man. It is also an insight into life as a 'jobbing actor' beyond the star parts on TV. Nicholas talks about family, politics and his Christian faith. It seems a very honest account of his life with all its ups and downs. Nicholas has a great sense of humour - some of his lesser known roles have been in comedy with Frankie Howerd and even TV written by Galton and Simpson.
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on 28 March 2015
The definitive biography. Worth five reads rapid!
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on 3 June 2011
It starts with a delightful piece written by Tom Baker, and then Nicholas Courtney begins his story.

And indeed we are fascinated to learn of his parents and early years, but interest starts to flag when we enter into his career (pre-Who). Generally it felt a little like reading a beefed-up list of who he acted with and where.

His Dr Who career is more engaging, yet here, too, I was somewhat disappointed as many portions of the text are directly lifted from an extensive interview he gave Dr Who magazine years ago.

Mr Courtney himself still comes over as a most charming gentleman and, curiously enough, he remains as elusive to the reader as he was before we read the book. And somehow, with Nic Courtney that's how it should be. And in that, the book is a success.
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on 5 June 2006
This book is essential reading for Dr Who fans everywhere.
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