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Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry Paperback – 15 Oct 2013
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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.Read more ›
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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This book by Gabriel Hershman is an excellent read, regarding an overlooked and highly talented British actor. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is little doubt that Ian Hendry was a fine actor and the author has written a fine biography.He has even used my reminiscence of meeting a drunken Hendry in the Prince... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wingate
This is an important book. It is, to my knowledge, the only existing biography of the British actor Ian Hendry. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nick S
Gabriel Hershman has managed to blend together the showbusiness life of Ian Hendry with a biography drawn from interviews with several family members and professional contacts. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by Keith Parkinson
To all but a few, the name Ian Hendry means little these days. If he’s remembered at all, it’s as a malevolent NCO in The Hill, or as a malevolent chauffeur in Get Carter. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2015 by Ian Payn
Enjoyable read about the nearly man of British Acting. Most of the time you could rely on something being good and entertaining if Ian Hendry's name was attached to it. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2015 by Lighthouse
I shall begin by declaring an interest. Ipswich is my home town and I was at sixth form with Ian Hendry's nephew Neil, with whom I'm still in contact. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2014 by G. R. Poole
Eye-opening story spoilt by poor writing and sloppy proof reading & editting. Too much name dropping & repetition.Published on 1 Sept. 2014 by Marjorie Bridle
Gabriel Hershman’s book is called ‘Send in the Clowns – the Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry‘. The title can be explained thus – Ian started as a clown and a mentee of the great Coco,... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by LouiseP