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Excellent read by this fantastic actor,
This review is from: Straight Face (Hardcover)
I have been a fan of Sir Nigel since I was quite young, having of course been introduced to his work through the wonderful Yes Minister, and only grew to admire him more as the years went by, so when his autobiography was released I could not wait to read it. I was not disappointed.
This is an excellently written autobiography. Hawthorne's childhood is particularly well detailed and his upbringing in South Africa is suprisingly fascinating. As interesting as the details about Hawthorne's career are those about his private life. His complex relationships give you a new perspective on Hathorne's life and clearly inform many of his roles too. The account of his outing before the Oscars is upsetting, and yet in the end I am glad that he experienced the liberation it brought before he died.
The detail added about his career is most interesting and he does not focus too strongly on his two major successes, Sir Humphrey and King George III. My view of Hawthorne as a man of intergrity and great talent has only been strengthened by this book. Perhaps most unexpectedly though, Hawthorne was clearly a man of great humour who lived his life to the full and by his own rules. He managed to break away from the confines of the childhood and was honest to himself and I admire him as much for this as for his massive talent. He is a big loss and will be much missed. For any fan, this book is a fascinating read.