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Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry Paperback – 15 Oct 2013
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A comprehensive read for true fans.
But the telling of Ian's life is certainly not an easy task. Firstly, so much time had already passed that the trail had, in places, gone cold. Secondly, it involves issues that necessitates you have some real life experience, coupled with understanding. Fortunately, Gabriel has these qualities in abundance. Through intense research and questioning, Gabriel has produced a biography with real depth. Why was Ian such a great actor? Gabriel tackles such questions head-on in this biography. Interviews with students from Ian's time at the Central School of Speech and Drama, countless discussions with fellow professionals of Ian's, from both sides of the camera (and stage), as well as contributions from family and friends have been used to build a picture of the man and his life. The picture of a charismatic, complex, creative, gifted, emotional, multi-faceted, generous, much-loved and yes, at times, difficult and troubled man emerges.
With any picture or painting, we may at times be drawn to a certain element or detail that intrigues us so much that we no longer see the `bigger picture'. But if you stand back for a minute and look again, you may notice that although the picture may not have changed, the way we see it certainly can. Gabriel's role as guide, as well as story-teller, helps greatly in this process.
Words can be extremely powerful. Ian understood the importance of the written word and would frequently rewrite scripts so that they were believable. He knew that if you really understood the words and meanings in a script, and really felt it, that there was no way that you could be anything but true and believable, even if you were acting. The need for words, a script, that adequately achieved that possibility, was always at the heart of the matter for him.
Perhaps only one book will ever be written about the life of Ian Hendry. If so, then I am glad that it was Gabriel who wrote it. Why? Because I believe that this book forms an admirable `script' for Ian's life.
Editor, The Official Website of Ian Hendry
It's a shame this book, as a brilliant labour of love, will never beat Katie Price or Cheryl Cole in the biography best seller lists, but it is a must read for anyone who is interested not just in Ian Hendry, but of the 50's, 60's and 70's era of cinema in general.
There is also a comprehensive website - IanHendry.com (managed by his nephew) - which endorses this book and is also fantastic for further reading on this interesting but tragic subject.
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