The Official Book
One of the most critically acclaimed television series of all time, Breaking Bad ran for 62 episodes between 2008 and 2013. This companion to the complex and original drama includes background information about the production, an exploration of its style, themes and meaning, a complete series timeline with a synopsis of each episode, and character profiles and interviews with members of the production team, including creator Vince Gilligan.
Principally remembered as the James Bond of the 1970s and 1980s, Roger Moore (1927–2017) made his first film appearances in the 1940s and was hired and fired from a Hollywood contract in the 1950s before making his name in television. This collection of autobiographical sketches recalls his childhood, wartime experiences and national service, as well as his show-business career, and includes family stories and musings on modern life.
Despite the success of American Graffiti in 1973, George Lucas was unable to get the rights to Flash Gordon, so instead began to develop his own science fiction soap opera. Tracing the director’s roots and influences, this biography recounts the stories of bringing blockbusters such as Star Wars to the screen and assesses Lucas’s profound influence on movie-making, not least through the foundation of special effects and production companies such as Pixar and THX Sound.
In The Name Of The Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits
Remembering Roberto Rossellini
In 2006, as a tribute to her father, Isabella Rossellini made a film about him, recreating episodes of his life and imagining conversations with collaborators. This book includes a DVD of the film, the script and additional photographs and memorabilia from the family archive.
Shakespeare’s tragedy of betrayal and jealousy remains one of his most performed plays. This Olivier Award-winning Donmar production stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the doomed war hero, Ewan McGregor as the manipulative Iago, Kelly Reilly as Desdemona, Michelle Fairley as Bianca, and Tom Hiddleston as Cassio.
Illustrated with numerous rare performance and off-stage photographs, this celebration of Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) explores how she became one of the most influential dancers of her time. Painting a picture of a modern woman who took full control of her image and career, the author assesses Pavlova’s contribution to the developing ballet scene in the UK and looks at how the dance forms that she learned about on her world travels influenced her work.
Emblem of The American Spirit
Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated film in 1928 and helped establish Disney as a national institution. Co-opted by the pop art generation, Mickey became a cultural icon, used and adapted, often ironically, in product design, satirical literature and contemporary art. This illustrated review investigates the character's original conception and traces its development and subsequent adoption as a shorthand for certain aspects of American culture.
The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Already famous as a singer, Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) entered the film industry as a comedic song-and-dance man, but soon demonstrated his versatility in roles ranging from romantic leads to tough guys in films such as Ocean's 11 (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). This book celebrates his career as an actor, pairing more than 200 photographs and posters with reflections from co-stars including Grace Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr, and essays from his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr.
Only Fools and Horses
The Peckham Archives
Derek Trotter moved into Nelson Mandela House in Peckham with his family in 1960 and the BBC began broadcasting his adventures with his brother Rodney in 1981, attracting record audiences over the next two decades. This celebration of the sitcom contains stills and behind-the-scenes photographs from the series, profiles of the many supporting characters, spoof correspondence and ephemera and excerpts from John Sullivan's original scripts. Off-mint.
The Expanding Universe Wall Chart
From the original comic strips to the blockbuster movies, there are hundreds of superheroes, villains and ancillary characters in the Marvel universe. This concertina-folded volume contains information about their history and how their worlds interact, and expands into a twelve-foot wall chart.
A Star of Life
A vicar’s daughter from Kent, Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976) became one of the most admired stage actresses of the 20th century. Drawing on hundreds of unpublished letters and interviews with colleagues, family and friends, this authorized biography records how she led the pioneering Old Vic company during the First World War while bringing up four children, her tireless commitment to feminism, socialism and pacifism, and her intense, often troubled relationship with her husband, Lewis Casson. Slightly off-mint.
One Leg Too Few
The Adventures of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Beginning with their Behind the Fringe programme notes on each other, this dual biography not only tells the story of one of the most celebrated and complicated partnerships in British comedy, but also brings together 36 short memoirs by friends and colleagues, and was written with the full co-operation of both comedians' estates. The result is a thorough exploration of how their 'doomed romance' brought laughter to so many.
Alan Bennett’s play is set in the old-style local hospital of a small northern town. As staff struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the hospital faces closure in an NHS efficiency drive, a documentary film crew arrives to record its fight for survival. With an introduction by Bennett.
A Cultural History
Édith Piaf (1915–1963) began her singing career on the streets of Pigalle in 1929; at her death in 1963, she had become an icon of French chanson. In this study, Looseley examines ‘the cultural phenomenon known as Édith Piaf’ and argues that it was a deliberate invention.
More Than Just A Good Life
The Authorised Biography of Richard Briers
Richard Briers' comedic talent and acting pedigree was revealed to an international audience (and to his Hollywood co-stars) through Kenneth Branagh's films of the 1990s but he had long been established as a national treasure in Britain. This biography chronicles the early life and training of the actor (a contemporary of Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney at RADA) and relates anecdotes from his long career in theatre, television, film and radio.
Since receiving a terminal diagnosis of leukaemia in 2010, Clive James has produced an extraordinary late harvest of poetry and prose. In this collection of essays, he looks back with characteristic wit, humour and perception on a lifetime’s reading, offering his unique insights into writers from Conrad, Hemingway and Larkin to VS Naipaul and WG Sebald. Woven throughout these literary ruminations, moreover, is a thoughtful and moving reflection on life and death.
A History of Ballet
For over 400 years, ballet has captivated audiences with its unique blend of grace, storytelling and artistry. This magisterial history charts its origins in Renaissance France and Italy, its evolution in Russia, and its flowering in 20th century America. The author, a former ballerina, brings a practitioner's insight to the subject, tracing the development of technique and profiling the great dancers and choreographers, while historic photographs transport the reader to the glittering theatres of Paris and St Petersburg.Slightly off-mint. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Katharine Hepburn: A Personal Biography
A Scott Berg knew Katharine Hepburn for 20 years, during which time they shared many hours of private conversation – material, it was agreed, for a book to be published after the actress’s death. Covering details of her privileged background, her 50 years of stardom, her relationship with Spencer Tracy and her thoughts about other actors, interwoven with fascinating anecdotes, this is Hepburn’s life as she wanted it to be presented.