- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Coronet; Paperback edition (1 Feb. 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340209151
- ISBN-13: 978-0340209158
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bring on the Empty Horses (Coronet Books) Paperback – 1 Feb 1977
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Were David Niven not a famous actor, he would be thought a brilliant writer. And after this book he will surely be thought a brilliant writer (J.K. Galbraith)
Hilariously readable (Sunday Telegraph)
So bring on the empty horses and fill their saddles with shades of Cooper, Gable, Fairbanks and Flynn. This time David Niven is riding a winner (Irish Times)
The best book buy available at the moment (West Lancashire Evening Gazette)
Some very funny stories indeed, well told (The Scotsman)
He is nothing if not an individualist: a raconteur of style and sophistication and a writer with imagination and a sense of pace . . . It adds to his stature (Coventry Evening Telegraph)
David Niven has done it again! (Boston Globe)
BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES is a delight from start to finish. With shrewdness and warmth . . . Niven brings us to Hollywood in its golden prime, from the early '30s to the age of TV. Above all, he brings us them - the outstanding stars, producers, directors, writers, tycoons and oddballs, many of whom were his friends . . . An inspired mix of descriptions, impressions, and anecdotes. (Publishers Weekly)
Might easily be the best book ever written about Hollywood. (New York Times Book Review)
BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES is a delight from start to finish. With shrewdness and warmth ... Niven brings us to Hollywood in its golden prime, from the early '30s to the age of TV. Above all, he brings us them - the outstanding stars, producers, directors, writers, tycoons and oddballs, many of whom were his friends ... An inspired mix of descriptions, impressions, and anecdotes. (Publishers Weekly)
A big name-dropping bitch of a book written with a wit as sharp as a dagger - and more than one famous personality gets it right between the shoulder blades ... Niven continues to weave the spell he cast on us with his autobiography (Belfast Telegraph)
His charm and twinkling sense of humour are rarely completely suppressed (Sunday Express)
BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES surpasses his first book. It is fun personified, hilarious in parts, highly entertaining and provides excellent reading (Evening Post, Port Elizabeth)
BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES has star quality (Christchurch Star, New Zealand)
A really glamorous autobiography (Woman)
David Niven gives a marvellously readable account of his contacts with Hollywood (Birmingham Post)
Niven still tells a good tale (The Observer)
One of the most illuminating books yet to come out about Hollywood (Press and Journal)
He is nothing if not an individualist: a raconteur of style and sophistication and a writer with imagination and a sense of pace ... It adds to his stature (Coventry Evening Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
David Niven's bestselling anecdotes of Hollywood in its heyday - now packaged as a 'Great Read'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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In this book, Niven confirms his credentials as an ingenious writer as he pours his own brand of humour onto each and every encounter he describes. Not once does he stoop to the level of cheap gossip, not once does attack another person. Instead, we have a first hand account of that golden age of Hollywood written by a master wordsmith who has also mastered the art of writing humour. Only a writer who had also been a central part of that of that glorious cast of characters and people could possibly have produced this work.
Was it me, or did I detect a certain disappointment from within his own relationship? More likely it was that David Niven was far too much the perfect gentleman to mention such things.
If you are a fan of the olden days - the golden days of Hollywood, you will enjoy this book. If you simply want a damned good read, you will enjoy this book even more. Truth is, I cannot imagine anyone could not enjoy such an excellent product.
Read this and remember - not all books will be this good. Unless you count 'The Moon's a Baloon' of course!
We had the original version of this on a cassette when it was first released back in the 70's
and we loved it then. So glad we were able to find it again...We would certainly recommend
this to anyone who likes David Niven and has not heard it before.
It's basically a collection of shortish anecdotes and memories about many of the characters and aspects of Hollywood in the 30s to 50s, written in no particular order. He does seem to have led a fairly charmed life in relation to the high-profile friends he had, which seemed slightly at odds with my vague recollection of him being very much second tier at best. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, as David always came across as a thoroughly decent chap and a great raconteur and is very much one of the good guys of the acting profession.
The main thing that struck me was that he seemed to be on very good terms indeed with some major players such as Bogart and Flynn, to the extent that I kept thinking back to Forrest Gump, where Forrest is seen present at many of the major events of the 60s, such as with JFK. Niven seems a bit like that in Hollywood. Reading around the subject, he does seem to have embellished the truth in certain areas, such as rather than sharing a house with Errol Flynn as he describes at length, he actually shared with the somewhat less alluring Robert Newton.
Those minor issues aside, it's a very entertaining read about the glory days of Hollywood and whets the appetite for reading more of the same.
By the way, for those who're interested and don't already know, apparently "Missy", who features significantly in the book, is actually Vivien Leigh.
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