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Where were the empty horses?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Niv: The Authorised Biography of David Niven (Hardcover)
I first read The Moons A Balloon when I was in the army, doing a three month tour of Norway back in 1986. I never stopped laughing. I had of course heard of David Niven but never really knew much about him, other than he was an actor and I had seen a couple of his films. I then re-read the same book, again when I was in the army, this time doing a six month tour of Northern Ireland. On that occasion I "permanently" borrowed the book from the Sergeants Mess in Lisnaskea Barracks in County Fermanagh. It is still in my book collection. I would also like to apologise to whoever it is in Lisnaskea and I will be more than happy to pay them for the book! Shortly afterwards I read Bring On The Empty Horses and again I couldn't stop laughing. This time though I bought the book.
Anyway, back to "Niv". I personally thought that Graham Lord has written a magnificent book about if not the best actor of the Hollywood golden age then most certainly the one who tried his damndest.
It was a shame that Niv wasn't the person that he portrayed within his books although his real life story is just as interesting. I was dissapointed that Niv didn't resign his Army commission the way he said and that he wasn't in love with his second wife Hjordis as he portrayed.
Niv was obviously very popular with members of the opposite sex though and the affair he had with Merle Oberon was the GBS he referred to in The Moon's A Balloon. (I personally thought it was Mae West but as I am 37 years old I can be forgiven!).
Mr Lord has clearly researched his subject material well and like him, I only wished that I too had met Niv.