Backing into the Spotlight

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Backing into the Spotlight

Backing into the Spotlight

A Memoir

  • Author: Michael Whitehall
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472127072
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
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'Backing into the Spotlight is a hilarious and an unashamedly non-PC memoir . . . Now in his eighth decade, Whitehall is a fine raconteur, gloriously unreconstructed and still deeply suspicious of modernity' Daily Mail Standing in front of a full-length mirror in my dressing room at ITV studios, waiting to go on to the set of Backchat, I had a brief conversation with my reflection. 'Michael, what the f*** do you think you're doing?' Theatrical agent Michael Whitehall spent a career pushing others into the spotlight. He had been involved behind the scenes with the careers of many prominent actors, including Colin Firth, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy, Judi Dench, Edward Fox, Michael Fassbender, Angela Thorne and Nigel Havers. But then, much to his surprise, his son Jack becomes a successful comedian and actor and decides that his new comedy partner should be his father. Whitehall Snr. finds himself reluctantly appearing on stage and then television, cast as the archetypal grumpy old man and thrust, in his early seventies, into a whole new career in front of the camera. Minor fame comes at a sedate pace: one of the highlights being a record £300,000 win for charity with Jack on Channel 4's The Million Pound Drop. In this enchanting memoir Whitehall looks back on his life, from growing up in suburban London in the 1940s and '50s with his saintly father and social climbing-mother, who coined the phrase 'à la carte' to describe people who were posher than she was and whose company she craved, to falling into a career as a successful theatrical agent and producer. As he says, 'Actors can be egotistical, greedy and vain, but they're not half as bad as agents and producers.' Charming, gossipy and above all very funny, Backing Into The Spotlight is no ordinary show business memoir.

The Legs Are the Last to Go

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The Legs Are the Last to Go

The Legs Are the Last to Go

Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way

  • Author: Diahann Carroll
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 006198213X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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It's conventional wisdom that Hollywood has no use for a woman over forty. So it's a good thing that Diahann Carroll—whose winning, sometimes controversial career breached racial barriers—is anything but conventional. Here she shares her life story with an admirable candidness of someone who has seen and done it all. With wisdom that only aging gracefully can bestow, she talks frankly about her four marriages as well as the other significant relationships in her life, including her courtship with Sidney Poitier; racial politics in Hollywood and on Broadway; and the personal cost, particularly to her family, of being a pioneer. Carroll's storied history, blunt views, and notorious wit will be sure to entertain and inform.

Backing Into the Limelight

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Backing Into the Limelight

Backing Into the Limelight

A Biography of T.E. Lawrence

  • Author: Michael Yardley
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Intelligence officers
  • Page: 267
  • View: 2740
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The Gracekeepers

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The Gracekeepers

The Gracekeepers

  • Author: Kirsty Logan
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473520142
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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A flooded world. A floating circus. Two women in search of a home. North lives on a circus boat with her beloved bear, keeping a secret that could capsize her life. Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, tending the graves of those who die at sea. As penance for a terrible mistake, she has become a gracekeeper. A chance meeting between the two draws them magnetically to one another - and to the promise of a new life. But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them. 'The Gracekeepers is enchanting and heart-tugging. If you love Margaret Atwood you’ll love this' Sunday Telegraph 'A wondrous read' Stylist 'Clever and original' The Times 'Truly magical' Heat

Popular Mechanics Magazine

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Popular Mechanics Magazine

Popular Mechanics Magazine

Written So You Can Understand it

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Industrial arts
  • Page: N.A
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The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia

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The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia

The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia

Sustainable Development and Comprehensive Capital

  • Author: Eric W. Sievers
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317793366
  • Category: History
  • Page: 264
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Sievers draws on his experience of Central Asia to take on the task of explaining the remarkable economic declines of the post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) in the past decade, and the turn of these states towards despotism.

The Beatles Through Headphones

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The Beatles Through Headphones

The Beatles Through Headphones

The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded

  • Author: Ted Montgomery
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786478632
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 196
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Most Beatles fans have probably spent most of their time listening to the iconic group's music over a stereo system with external speakers. While the music sounds wonderful this way, this method of listening does not deliver the full sonic picture of what the Beatles created. To have a complete appreciation of their artistry and innovation, one must listen carefully to the Beatles recordings over high-quality headphones. Based on hundreds of listening hours, this volume chronicles--album by album and in great detail--the nuances and quirks to be found in a close listening, including mistakes, studio corrections, mumbled phrases and other aural delights and peccadilloes.With brief but incisive reviews of every song the Beatles committed to tape, this pioneering work offers a new and enlightening perspective on the greatest popular music ever written, performed or recorded.

The IPL Story

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The IPL Story

The IPL Story

Cricket, Glamour and Big Money

  • Author: Abhishek Dubey
  • Publisher: Pearson Education India
  • ISBN: 9788131758007
  • Category: Cricket
  • Page: 218
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The Fish That Ate the Whale

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The Fish That Ate the Whale

The Fish That Ate the Whale

The Life and Times of America's Banana King

  • Author: Rich Cohen
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1429946296
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Times-Picayune The fascinating untold tale of Samuel Zemurray, the self-made banana mogul who went from penniless roadside banana peddler to kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest house in New Orleans sixty-nine years later, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. Working his way up from a roadside fruit peddler to conquering the United Fruit Company, Zemurray became a symbol of the best and worst of the United States: proof that America is the land of opportunity, but also a classic example of the corporate pirate who treats foreign nations as the backdrop for his adventures. Zemurray lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years. Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas, he built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, mercenary soldiers, Honduran peasants, CIA agents, and American statesmen. From hustling on the docks of New Orleans to overthrowing Central American governments and precipitating the bloody thirty-six-year Guatemalan civil war, the Banana Man lived a monumental and sometimes dastardly life. Rich Cohen's brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Zemurray as a hidden power broker, driven by an indomitable will to succeed.

The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

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The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

Short Fiction from the author of Revolutionary Road

  • Author: Richard Yates
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 1466853654
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 496
  • View: 4680
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A literary event of the highest order, The Collected Stories of Richard Yates brings together Yates's peerless short fiction in a single volume for the first time. Richard Yates was acclaimed as one of the most powerful, compassionate, and technically accomplished writers of America's postwar generation, and his work has inspired such diverse talents as Richard Ford, Ann Beattie, André Dubus, Robert Stone, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. This collection, as powerful as Yate's beloved Revolutionary Road, contains the stories of his classic works Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (a book The New York Times Book Review hailed as "the New York equivalent of Dubliners") and Liars in Love; it also features nine new stories, seven of which have never been published. Whether addressing the smothered desire of suburban housewives, the white-collar despair of Manhattan office workers, the grim humor that attends life on a tuberculosis ward, or the moments of terrified peace experienced by American soldiers in World War II, Yates examines every frayed corner of the American dream. His stories, as empathetic as they are unforgiving, are like no others in our nation's literature. Published with a moving introduction by the novelist Richard Russo, this collection will stand as its author's final masterpiece.