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Simon Callow MY LIFE IN PIECES First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback published by Nick Hern Books Limited in 2010. Signed and inscribed by Callow on the title page
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First edition, first print hardback of MY LIFE IN PIECES by Simon Callow and published by Nick Hern Books Limited, London in 2010. Signed and inscribed by Callow on the title page.

The book is in near fine condition (Clean black cloth boards with silver lettering on spine) with minor shelf wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Simon Callow CBE is a British actor, director and writer. He has appeared in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera, Amadeus and the Hollywood blockbuster Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls.

As a stage actor, Simon has played some of the theatre’s most iconic roles. These have ranged from Titus Andronicus, Mozart in Amadeus and Faust to Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Oscar, Captain Hook and Pozzo in Waiting For Godot, opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Patrick Stewart.

Simon has also written 13 books. These include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, a highly acclaimed biography of Charles Laughton, a biographical trilogy of Orson Welles (of which the first two parts have now been published), Love is Where it Falls and his memoir My Life in Pieces.

As both an actor and writer, Simon has come to be greatly associated with the work of Charles Dickens. In addition to playing the writer on stage, film and television, Simon has also performed some of Dickens’ theatre pieces: Dr Marigold & Mr Chops, and A Christmas Carol.

His theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces won the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography.

"An alternative autobiography of the well-loved actor and man of the theatre.

My Life in Pieces, Simon Callow recaptures the multifarious people, productions and events which have fed into his lifeblood and left their indelible mark. Starting with his first ever visit to the theatre – Peter Pan – he takes us through a somewhat chaotic boyhood in southern Africa and South London, an aborted university career, a testing time at drama school and on to an acting career that has encompassed roles in the West End and stand-out character parts in films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Callow writes with his customary perceptiveness, wit and flair about the remarkable people he has encountered in the course of his career: Laurence Olivier, Paul Scofield and Michael Gambon at the National Theatre; then Alec Guinness, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, David Hare, Simon Gray and Richard Eyre, among others.

This being an alternative autobiography, he also writes about figures he did not meet but whose influence was vital to a full understanding of his craft: figures such as Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov, Nureyev and Cocteau, Laughton and Welles. There are also other, not-quite-legit performers like Tony Hancock, Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd.

Also included are accounts of his life as a solo performer, most notably as Charles Dickens. The result is a heartening, instructive and utterly beguiling book which, in tracing Simon Callow’s own ‘sentimental education’, goes to show how rich and nourishing a life can be had in and around the theatre."

'Callow's not simply a terrific actor who happens to write. You could as well call him a terrific writer who happens to act.' - The Times

'Essential... a gift for transforming personal experience into blazingly intelligent, objective, critical appreciation.' - Observer

'First rate... the best writer-actor we have.' - David Hare, The Guardian

436 pages.

ISBN: 978 1 84842 054 0

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    2057
  • Weight:
    0.98kg