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This review is from: Leslie Phillips - The Autobiography: Hello (Hardcover)
I liked Leslie Phillips until I read this book. There are very few anecdotes in the book, and what there is, tend to peter out or be terribly pointless. He's met and worked with so many great people, I expected to read more detail about them. However, it's all very much about him (yes, I realise it's an autobiography). There are numerous mentions of the great people he has met, yet no depth or interest. Virtually everyone he mentions was a good friend/marvellous/lovely person etc. - very much in the luvvie mould. Yet most merely get name-checked. If someone has been a tremendous friend, I'd expect to read a little more about the relationship. He's travelled to some fantastic places but somehow manages to avoid painting a mental picture. It's almost vacuous. As regards his first wife Penny, and his affair that led to their divorce, he seems more concerned with the fact that his wife's best friend told Penny about the affair. One is left with the impression that the friend was in the wrong. He's so often sanctimonious about the affairs he could have had, but didn't, yet he still did the dirty on his wife and mother of his children. More than once he mentions how hard he had to work to provide for his family, but I was left with the impression that it was less like work, and more like having a fantastic time away from the family. Most of the writing is quite pedestrian, seeming mostly to be a list of plays, dates and people, but lacking much substance. I've read a lot of similar books and wouldn't recommend this one at all.
In future I'll stick to biographies written by professional writers.