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John Thaw: The Biography - Stafford Hildred; Tim Ewbank;

André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch], 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the title page otherwise a very well presented copy.

Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “John Thaw is one of Britain’s best and most versatile actors of stage, screen and television. His powerful ability to deliver award-winning, top quality performances in series like The Sweeney, Inspector Morse and Kavanagh QC, has earned him a huge following and the respect of his peers.

Since his explosive impact as tough detective Jack Began in the hard-hitting TV police series The Sweeney, Thaw has proved himself time and again as one of television’s most bankable stars and his repertory of characters across three decades has rightly earned him wide acclaim from critics and public alike, as well as an QBE and the television industry’s highest awards.

Best known for his title role in Inspector Morse, Thaw’s portrayal of the melancholy detective has brought him remarkable international success. But it is just one highlight in a long and brilliant acting career, which has flourished from the most unlikely of beginnings.

This insightful biography traces the extraordinary story of Thaw’s life. From his humble roots as a lorry driver’s son from the back streets of Manchester, through his desperately unhappy childhood after his mother walked out when he was seven, to his arrival as a Teddy Boy student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which sparked a driving ambition which was to change his life.

The book charts Thaw’s rise to stardom from outstanding RADA student to the nation’s top cop and the notable successes, controversy, embarrassing disaster and personal sacrifice along the way.

Some of the sadness in Morse’s melancholy blue eyes is genuine and this biography examines how Thaw’s mother leaving him at such an early age shaped his life and caused the bitter divisions among members of his family which still exist today. The book also chronicles Thaw’s first brief marriage and the despair that followed, and his enduring love for his second wife, actress Sheila Hancock, to whom he has been married for nearly twenty-five years.

Both John Thaw and Sheila Hancock have been interviewed about their eventful life together and Thaw has spoken frankly about his shyness, the unhappiness of his childhood, the agonies of painful times and coping with the adulation of being regarded as a sex symbol.

Authors Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank, who collaborated on the best-selling biography of David Jason, have closely observed John Thaw at work over many years. Hildred was the only writer to accompany Thaw to film Morse adventures in Australia and Italy, and Ewbank viewed first hand the production in France of Thaw’s one major screen disappointment, the BBC’s adaptation of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 252 pages.
£6.50

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