Niv: The Authorised Biography of David Niven Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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NIV was strictly embargoed until 22 September. The press date for NIV is 9thOctober. SERIAL Serial ran in MAIL ON SUNDAY & DAILY MAIL over 4 days - from 21-24 September. Second serial ran in THE WEEK on 27 September. The David Niven episode of HOLLYWOOD BRITS, featuring an interview with Graham Lord will be on CHANNEL 4 on 25 October at 8pm. MEDIA Graham will be in the UK from4-19 October and available for interviews. Niv has been credited in ESQUIRE magazine (August issue) in a feautre article about David Niven's life. Diary stories about the book have run in THE GUARDIAN (29 September) and THE DAILY MAIL (30 September). Graham has been interviewed about his book for a featureon BBC RADIO SCOTLAND ARTS SHOW which airs on 13 October. Confirmed RADIO interview with Graham include: BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE, BBC RADIO HUMBERSIDE, BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM, BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE, BBC RADIO JERSEY, BBC RADIO LEICESTER. EVENTS Graham Lord will be speaking at the CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL on 14th October, appearing with Piers Paul Read and John Miller.
The first authorised biography of the movie star who was also the author of two of the biggest-selling books of the last 30 years.See all Product Description
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Graham Lord has written a good biography of "Niv" here and its certainly very entertaining. I can feel the heavy hand of David Niven Jr's influence in certain sections of the book which do read as if Mr Lord was given firm instruction as to what to write. Never the less, it's a thoroughly enjoyable romp through Hollywood's golden age when the doors to stardom were perhaps charmed open a little more easily and the silver screen was magically aloof. Niv's friendships with Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers etc make interesting reading and one cannot have anything but respect for his wartime service in WWII which saw him finish up as a Lt. Colonel with the Phantom squadron.
There is a often used quote that Niv's best ever role was "playing David Niven", which to some extent comes through in this book. His screen and public persona was largely a heavily romanticised version of his real self, which hid a lot of insecurity, tragedy and a loveless relationship with his second wife "Hjordis". Rita Hayworth put it very well when she said "Why is he married to the one woman in the world who cannot stand him?".
Niv was that heady mix of professional success and personal unhappiness. Perhaps he's always destined to be something of an enigma, but I would recommend that you supplement your knowledge with his own books "The Moons a balloon" and "Bring on the empty horses", which give you the fun side of his recollections.
This bio is not necessarily an improvement over the previous one it just has certain advantages of more available information. Sometimes this leads to to much unnecessary detail for the reader to wade through but in general Lord has got the balance right between an examination of Nivens career and private life. At the end of the bio the reader is left with an impression of a brave and admirable man who never let his guard slip and kept his stiff-upper lip in often very difficult circumstances.
This bio is a largely well-researched and engrossing read which should appeal to fans of Niven and indeed anyone interest in the film world of yesteryear
The second part of the book offers more original material, but in parts is simply a complete hatchet job on his second wife who is portrayed as the nightmare alcoholic bitch from hell. There is little light and shade where she is concerned, with only a few redeeming comments aired. It's a shame that an interesting biography at times loses its way with a desire to state yet again, what a harpy she was.
Also, there's an implication that she slept around because she was a bitch, whereas he slept around because she drove him to it! This conveniently ignores the evidence that he couldn't keep it in his trousers as a bachelor, and indeed cheated on his first "beloved" wife.
Double standards abound, but it's still an interesting protrait.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ok but a little dry, not a lot of fun like Niven's own books, Moons a Balloon and Bring on the Empty HorsesPublished 4 months ago by stormforce
The book arrived well in advance of the expected date which is always a good thing. The book is well written and easy to read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mal. Wilson
Having read Niven's autobiographical books, I thought it would be interesting to read this biography, and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Simon Binning