Thin Ice Hardcover – 9 Feb 2006
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Ford memorably captures the squalor of Harwood's life: the casual sex with a pretentious Tufnell Park teacher and an arthritic West End actress that respectively begins and ends the day...Thin Ice is a welcome antidote to the media's trivialisation of actors as "luvvies". It should be required reading for drama students eager to understand the reality of their chosen path. (Michael Arditti INDEPENDENT (20.2.06))
The real value and the entertainment in THIN ICE is to be found in the affectionate pictures that its author draws of the rogues and vagabonds who make up London's acting profession today. (Philip Fisher THE BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE)
The darkly comic story of a day in the life of an out-of-work actor - by a well-known movie star who has appeared in Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsSee all Product description
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Whilst presented as a novel, one gets the impression it is a thinly veiled semi-autobiographical piece (the main protagonist only seems to get roles as bullies and nasty gangster types- sound familiar?) and as such does give an insight into the world of a jobbing actor who hasn't "made it".
Charlie's life consists basically of hopeless auditions for bit parts+commercials, wild parties, drugs, drink,avoiding his stalker, excessive smoking and one night stands, living hand to mouth and above all, never giving up hope for the elusive "break".
Not a bad read at all.
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Its about a day in the life of a struggling actor in London. Day to day knowledge of someone who spent some time in London. He knows his way around. Very real. Couldn't put it down. Great little read.