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Leonard Rossiter: Character Driven: The untold story of a comic genius Hardcover – 25 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135966
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Guy Adams worked as an actor for twelve years before becoming a full-time writer, specialising in TV and entertainment. He is the author of several non-fiction titles including Leonard Rossiter: Character Driven, the official two-volume guide to the BBC drama series Life on Mars and of the bestselling humour book based on the series, The Rules of Modern Policing: 1973 Edition. An acclaimed novelist, he also wrote the fantasy novel The World House and the original Torchwood tie-in The House That Jack Built.

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As a fan of the late, great Leonard Rossiter, I was delighted to see someone tackle the task of writing a biography of this acting genius. Up to now nothing has been written apart from Robert Tanitsch's excellent photo collection with commentary not long after Rossiter's untimely death. However, Guy Adams has produced a disappointing book, which looks like a commission and reflects some of the difficulties of writing about an actor who was intensely private. There appear to be few sources- no secret diaries of a tortured genius (ala Kenneth Williams or Les Dawson) or self penned revelatory autobiographical fragments. Many of his contemporaries have either not commented like Josephine Tewson and Gillian Raine -his first and second wives respectively or have passed away like John Barron of CJ fame. If Adams had too few sources he could have chosen to write a very different book- perhaps one about the difficulty of writing this life. Instead he follows a conventional and safe trawl through the actors extensive stage and screen career with the expected dip into the clippings library of reviews and it all seems heavily reliant on the Tanitsch book. Adams- perhaps aware and restricted by the scarcity of sources is reduced to padding the book out with superfluous information.- for example we are told who David Frost was and that he interviewed Nixon and that a film was made about this story. A glance at what purports to be a bibliography hardly reflects any detailed research on Rossiter's life and times or the nature of the media he worked in.

It seems churlish to criticize Guy Adams for not writing the book I might have wanted to read but not only is his prose leaden and lumpen but the short chapters and large print hint of a project gone awry.
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This was a birthday present, and very well received . . . . . . . . . . .
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Leonard Rossiter was a fine actor and is still well remembered.He deseves a decent book written about him,which this is surely not.His private life is barely touched upon.hisfirst marriage is dealt with in one paragraph.So far as his professional life is concerned what we get is inteviews with colleagues and directors who say basically that he was a very good actor and it was a shame that they only acted with him once.Ony Annette Crosbie is frank saying that he intimidated her.
It is apparaent that Rossiter was a very competitive and driven man.In this he resembles Robert Shaw.Both acors who died very young.I would have liked to get some idea as to why he was so driven.However this book is so banal and boring that i gave up half way through.I paid 1p for it and reckon that i was overcharged!
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