John Gielgud: An
Actor's Life: Centenary Edition | BUY
John Gielgud was born in April 1904. When he died in May 2000,
he was honoured as 'the giant of twentieth-century theatre.'
In the centenary edition of this acclaimed biography, Gyles Brandreth
draws from over thirty years of conversations with Gielgud to
tell the extraordinary story of a unique actor, film star, director
In 1921 Gielgud made his first appearance at the
Old Vic in London and through the next eight decades he dominated
his profession - initially as a classical actor, later in plays
by Harold Pinter and Alan Bennett. In his twenties he had appeared
in silent movies: more than half a century later, he emerged as
a Hollywood star, winning his first Oscar at the age of seventy-eight.
With wonderful anecdotes, and contributions from
Kenneth Branagh, Alec Guinness, Paul Scofield, Donald Sinden and
Peter Hall, John Gielgud: An Actor's Life is a compelling, humorous
and moving account of a remarkable man.
'Gyles Brandreth's memoir of Gielgud is vastly entertaining... a fascinating
account of the actor's life' - Charles Osborne, Sunday Telegraph
'A sense of delight permeates Gyles Brandreth's John
Gielgud: An Actor's Life ...Brandreth combines neat reportage,
deft evocation and lovely tales about a man he knew and relished'
- Benedict Nightingale, The Times
'A delightful memoir which tells you all you need
to know and collects all the anecdotes' - Michael Coveney, Daily
'A testimony to Gyles Brandreth's talent ... Avoiding
the usual tedious cradle-to-grave narrative, Brandreth braids
Gielgud's own reminiscences with those from friends and colleagues.
What sets this apart from the usual kind of puff is Brandreth's
own voice, directing our responses to Gielgud's art' - Kathryn
Hughes, Daily Telegraph
'Full of personal detail... a treasure trove of
anecdote but also clear and informative... Brandreth's immaculate,
charming and deceptively modest book ... fascinating.' - Carole
Woddis, Glasgow Herald
'Cometh the hour, cometh the biography' - Stratford-upon-Avon