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John Thaw: The Biography by [Hildred, Stafford, Ewbank, Joe]
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To make it from comparative poverty to wealth and fame is always to make oneself interesting. Acting has several times made John Thaw, son of a Manchester lorry driver, one of the most instantly recognised faces in television, and his dedication to his profession keeps him from being notably arrogant about the fact.

Thaw talked his way into RADA while still underage and was one of the talked-about figures of a generation that included Tom Courtenay and Sarah Miles. Stage success eluded him until he was already famous--though his performance as a Labour Party leader in David Hare's Absence of War was rightly praised. This likable book concentrates on his television work, rightly recognising that it is as the character of Regan in The Sweeney and as Inspector Morse that he awakened the interest of millions; there is a full account of how those two performances grew and changed.

Thaw has for 25 years been married to Sheila Hancock; the book is, without being intrusive, an attractive celebration of a sometimes turbulent relationship. Gruff and intelligent and blue-eyed, Thaw has made himself a model of redeemed sensitive masculinity for our times--this book manages to capture something of that essence. --Roz Kaveney

About the Author

Tim Ewbank andStafford Hildredset up the Wordstar entertainment partnership ten years ago. Both well-known show business journalists, they are the authors of best-selling biographies of "David Jason," "Joanna Lumley," and "Rod Stewart.""

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: André Deutsch; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 April 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CL8I8EE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brilliant read. I love John Thaw as a great actor and it's such a shame he died so soon. The book is thorough and contains a lot of detail from John's background, especially as a young boy when he had to deal with the dilemma of not having a loving mother to look after him and his younger brother. John was not advantaged in anyway as he grew up, but he had stamina and confidence to work his way up into the precarious world of acting. Fascinating read. Well worth buying.
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I purchased this biography as a huge fan of the late John Thaw, as I was interested in reading about his life a which was pretty dramatic in its own right. I was not disappointed the book has some excellent pictures from such wonderful series as The Sweeney, Morse, Kavanagh QC and the splendid Goodnight Mr Tom. A great read about a much loved British Actor
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I wish John Thaw had written his own auto-biography but this is a well written factual account. However, I started this after reading David Jason's auto-bigraphy which I thought excellent so my view is probably a little clouded.
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"John Thaw: The Biography" reads like a celebrity magazine. Surely a personality as complex and as popular as John Thaw deserves better. Not that the authors have many negative things to say about him but this book appears to lack focus and does not have its own point of view. There are many instances in which an event or incident is mentioned only to be followed up by three pages of description of the same event from another source. This book has the appearance of being five or six "celebrity" or "gossip" magazine articles strung together into one whole.
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Despite its 250 pages, this book is very thin on detail; it makes up for this with frequent repetition and double spacing. It wouldn't be too dificult to compress the detail of this book into a Sunday Supplement in-depth profile.
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What a wonderful biography of a great actor I have always loved Inspector Morse and have probably seen every episode at least three times and never tier of them but reading this book has made me see what a wonderful person John Thaw was .
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Totally hooked on this book right to the end. Author Stafford Hildred has put together a very moving book. About a wonderful actor in everything John Thaw did he acted the very parts he did with 100% professional way. I look forward to reading more from Stafford Hildred
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I enjoyed this read, it gave genuine insight into john's early years, his character, his emotions and I think explains much of his life's choices. One had a real sense of how life was during the 50's and picture the scenes as you were carried along the read. Was gritty in parts- his childhood, struggles in his motherless household from the age of 7 and his responsibility for his five year old brother- his vulnerability is palpable. The story flows nicely as we see a gifted actor emerge and succeed through RADA & onto out TV screens. I read the entire book in two sessions so worth a look if you are a Thaw fan. Downside: Would have been perfect to have had a little more of a story on John's thoughts and feelings in his adult life but I think this book was wrote without John's input so a very good read & highly recommended if you want an insight into Thaw unlike Shelia Hancock's book which I felt cheated on- it didn't 'do' what it portrayed it would on the cover- a huge disappointment.
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