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Audrey Hepburn, Elegant Spirit Hardcover – 7 Nov 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; 1st edition (7 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283073853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283073854
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 20 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'God kissed the face of Audrey Hepburn, and there she was' Billy Wilder" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A tribute to Audrey Hepburn, written by her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I'm already an Audrey Hepburn fan so I couldn't wait to get this book, and I wasn't disappointed either. Written by her first son, Sean, this book is written straight from the heart and the closeness and love that this son felt for his mother really does come across. This book contains photos from Audrey Hepburn's own personal collection which have not been published before, and which really bring her warm, loving personality to life. There are many anecdotes from her friends and loved ones as well which are quite inspiring and make you want to be a better person. This book is a winner on all levels and funds from the sale of the book go to UNICEF, for whom Audrey worked tirelessly in the last ten years of her life.
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This enchanting, and at times heartrending very personal account of a woman known throughout the world for her beauty, grace and elegance is above all a book written about a mother by her son. The attempt to correct common inaccuracies about his mother's early life, together with an honest admission that the book will contain elements of sadness as well as a theme of children are well executed. The inclusion of many private family photographs, copies of documents and transcripts of speeches make a good attempt at an accurate biography. However, there is no doubt that the overriding essence of the book is Sean's obvious deep love for his mother and their close relationship. As well as an overview of her career, a large part of the book is dedicated to the work Ms Hepburn achieved on behalf of UNICEF, her personal determination to make a difference for suffering children throughout the world, fuelled by her own wartime experiences as a child in Arnhem and the lifelong unresolved abandonment by her father as war broke out. I can thoroughly recommend this very personal account of a woman who is portrayed as one who was challenged by great sadness in her childhood, achieved much in her career, a gardner who loved her home in Switzerland, an animal lover, never without a dog, an ambassador for UNICEF, but above all a mother, who insisted on doing the school run herself, gave up work to be with her boys, who were with her at the end and carried her coffin to the local churchyard in Switzerland. A must for all Audrey Hepburn fans.
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Those who admire Audrey Hepburn and her life MUST buy this book, I have several books on Audrey and this one rates the best.
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I've read other biographies about Audrey, but as this is written by her son it has a warmth and true insight into her life that no other biography has. I was in tears at the end, and think this is a wonderful tribute to an incredible woman.

Add to that lots of big, beautiful glossy full-colour photos, and personal quirks such as Audrey's favourite pasta recipe (I've tried it - it's delicious!) and you have a must-read for anyone inspired by the lovely Audrey Hepburn.
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Saw her son in an interview on TV and he was talking about this book.
It's as every bit as beautiful as he described and I bought it as a gift for Mother's Day. My mum recieved it so well she couldn't put it down for days till she'd skipped through the pages of history in words and photos.

A wonderful book about a wonderful woman who supported her family and charities till the very end.
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I found this book a delightful memory of a much loved mother by her son. The family photos really added to the narrative and made Audrey live for me. It was a real eye-opener to see how much work she did for UNICEF. She was so much more that a movie star and could certainly be a role model for us today. A wonderful read, but do have tissues to hand.
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Audrey Hepburn was a very different kind of film star from those of her era, and since, and the kind of special person she was, apart from her film roles, makes any book about her one of compelling interest. But 'Elegant Spirit' (which so aptly describes her) which is written by her son makes this very special. We see her from an adoring son's point of view and it confirms all the special things about her. It is beautifully and warmly written and gives a fascinating account of her life as a child, her film career and the wonderful work she undertook for UNICEF. The photographs make a superb contribution to the book and the insight into her life and work show how she became the iconic figure she still is. She was and still is an inspiration.
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The book is in excelent conditions! I am very happy with my purchase. Started reading it and it is very interesting, full of photos of Audrey Hepburn, interesting information, incl. favorite recepies of her. Great gift for Audrey fans.
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