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on 7 December 2012
I was very much looking forward to reading all about the life of Diana Dors, possibly the most underated actress this country has woefully neglected and the subsequent story of her youngest son Jason.
Indeed hers is a fascinating story and would stand up well in any format, which is just as well as this, unfortunately, was a real missed opportunity.
I had real problems with the over written narrative, riden with cliches and I sensed the author wanted to bring herself into the book at a very early stage and sure enough she made a very large, significant appearance during the later section with Jasons life. It was as if she had read newspaper reports and tried to flesh them out with her own interpretation of the events. Having said that, where the book picked up a bit were the recollections from Jason which stayed true despite the cladding the author put them in.
I found myself skim reading pages to escape the over blown narrative and felt myself somewhat disconnected.
If this book had been written by an author not so close to the subject matter I think this would have worked much better and there is a really good book in there, somewhere, once the 'interpretations' have been discarded. I have read worse biographies but this was a bit of a disappointment and could have been a legendary five star instead of a medicore three.