In Search of Gielgud
I enjoyed your latest Gielgud book very much, though necessarily very sad. So much lost. David Hare, playwright
I loved the book, an absolute page-turner for me with all the anecdotes about theatre people which I find so fascinating. And it was also fascinating to follow the whole process, from research to writing to actual publication. Megan Jones, theatre historian
I’ve just started your book and am loving it! I think you are very brave to have written it, but I’m very pleased you did so, as there is so much for the biographer to think about, quite apart from the fascinating insights into the lives of actors, directors and many others (including yourself!). One week later: I have now (unfortunately!) finished your book. As I think I intimated, I found it really fascinating. It raised all sorts of personal issues for me given the battle I had with my supposed co-author Revel Guest when working on my biography of Charlotte Guest.... Incidentally, part of my delight in reading it was to come across the occasional person I had known. Angela John, biographer
I've been meaning to write to you for days, to say how much I'm enjoying your Gielgud research book. I haven't got to the meaty stuff yet, but I enjoy so much your method of work, and hearing all the lovely nuggets from people I used to know or have seen, so many now gone. Julian Glover, actor
Despite having plenty to do I sat down yesterday afternoon and read In Search of Gielgud straight through. As you know, your many books have given me huge pleasure and insight (especially the second Gielgud and Sybil), but this one took me back to my own enthusiasm for Gielgud from when I was ten, and into another world. I had especial pleasure in recognising that people you found most helpful and enthusiastic were among my friends and acquaintances. I am so glad you kept the diary - what a brilliant idea; and how you have made so many people of the twentieth century come back to life. No need to worry about critical reaction to the Morley conflict. I don't remember any book of his without considerable errors, and the need to present himself when I was at the Theatre Museum was never masked! Many congratulations, and as you must know this will definitely be my 'Book of the Year'. Frances Hughes, theatre scholar
I may be in danger of becoming a Croall groupie! But I've just finished reading In Search of Gielgud, and found it completely absorbing, as does the friend of mine reading it after me. I actually laughed out loud more than once. Thanks for a good read! Guy Thomas
In Search of Gielgud awaited my return from Beijing, sitting amidst a pile of papers, unopened envelopes and catalogues. I was going to put it aside for a more appropriate moment. Fortunately I decided to read a couple of entries to see what it was all about. It is quite enchanting, totally absorbing and beautifully written. Three hours later, the envelopes are still unopened, and the catalogues ignored! I am having to ration myself for the rest of it, or I shall get no work done at all. Congratulations. Hugh Moss, art expert
Just spent a wickedly lazy afternoon finishing the book loved every minute of it, deliciously sharp and to the point. Ann Queensberry, actress
I've just finished reading and, of course, enjoying In Search of Gielgud. It made me realise what a comparatively easy ride I had with the Letters! I did enjoy the book very much and I hope perhaps it's been a catharsis for you. Richard Mangan, theatre archivist and editor of 'Gielgud’s Letters'
How can it fail to be a best seller! I loved the book so much I didn't want it to end. Please, please just a few more chapters, I was saying to myself. It was such an emotional ride for me. And I felt I got to know you along the way. I will certainly re-read your adventure again. I can't imagine most biographers have such an uphill battle to contend with. But it makes an exciting read. Louise Nicol, actress
I love the book, and it makes me wonder why no one's done this sort of thing before. Or are there are other examples? But apart from the absorbing interest of the whole overarching project, there are masses of very entertaining and insightful glimpses of other people along the way. I mean, where else am I ever going to read about meeting Nancy Nevinson, who, for some reason,has stayed in my mind as a landlady in a good B movie called Night Train to Inverness? And imagine your having been born in that fabulous Adam house in Amersham where I interviewed Dulcie G in her four-poster of pain. I was interested to read of your dealings with Michael Earley - did you ever have any further contact with him? Sorry you didn't get down to Beaconsfield to meet the great W Hiller: she might have given you a piece of her Victoria sponge if you had! Are you allowed reveal the name of the sex-change actor?
What an interesting and dramatic story you have to tell. I found the book absorbing and compelling, and as eloquent as the biography itself. Simon Richey, former education director,the Gulbenkian Foundation
I’ve just started your book and am loving it! I think you are very brave to have written it, but I’m very pleased you did so, as there is so much for the biographer to think about, quite apart from the fascinating insights into the lives of actors, directors and many others (including yourself!). One week later: I have now (unfortunately!) finished your book. As I think I intimated, I found it really fascinating. It raised all sorts of personal issues for me given the battle I had with my supposed co-author Revel Guest when working on my biography of Charlotte Guest.... Incidentally, part of my delight in reading it was to come acres the occasional person I had known. Angela John, biographer
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