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A lot of life in a little man,
This review is from: Arthur Lowe (Hardcover)
For those of you, such as myself, with a high regard for one of Arthur Lowe's most famous characters - Captain Mainwaring, this book is absolutely fascinating.It is hard to imagine the lengths Graham Lord has gone to in resarching this book, indeed there are six pages of acknowledgements from where the author has obtained the information about Arthur Lowe's life and career: from his early childhood days in his hometown of Hayfield, Derbyshire, through his real life army career producing and starring in many shows for the troops and covering his professional and private life after the war ended.There were three great loves of Arthur Lowe's life - his wife Joan Lowe (nee Cooper), acting of course and an old Victorian steam yacht - the Amazon which Arthur Lowe bought, renovated, holidayed on and lived in. Not easy when you have a wife and two small children also.All of these subjects are covered in great and precise detail by the author and I would urge anybody who has ever watched Dad's Army or Coronation Street and been entertained by, in my humble opinion, the greatest character actor this country has ever produced to buy this book NOW and get a fascinating insight into the life and career of Arthur Lowe.You will discover that, sadly, beneath the facade of a happy, funny, jolly actor there was tragedy in his life and sadness in his life - most notably concerning his wife Joan, an alcoholic who Arthur had a deep sense of devotion to and more often than not would refuse to accept a role if nothing could be found to accomodate his wife in it also.This book is a truly stunning piece of work and I think that Graham Lord has done an absolutely magnificent job in covering Arthur Lowe's life and career in a enthralling and exciting way.