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3.0 out of 5 stars London legend life story short on detail, 21 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Bindon: Fighter, Gangster, Actor, Lover - the True Story of John Bindon, a Modern Legend (Hardcover)
Wensley Clarkson starts his account of the life of John Bindon anxious to convince us that the princess-pleasuring actor-cum-hardman is a worthy subject for biography. And to be sure, Bindon's comparatively short life had its share of incident and adventure - the `highlights' being his manslaughter of London villain Johnny Darke, and an encounter with Princess Margaret during one of her Mustique sojourns.

But as the book winds on the detail gets less and less, and Bindon's demise is scarcely documented at all. "Researching Bindon's life...," Clarkson writes, "I realised I had a great deal of material I couldn't use because the sources had shady, ulterior motives, and my aim has always been to show Bindon in the light he truly deserved." Perhaps he should have been less self-censorious.

Anyway, that said, what we have is a diverting read, and nicely illustrated with many private photos.

However, Clarkson has been ill-served by the editors at publishers John Blake - the text would have benefited from a better sub-edit to trim it of repetitions. And for no obvious reason the biography has no index, and no detailed 'ography of Bindon's screen and stage appearances.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2014 16:13:34 GMT
saggitarius says:
Entirely agree with your point about the poor editing: his Brinks Mat book is also chock full of repetition and the editing is dire.
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