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Autobiography

A range of autobiography and biography

 

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Angela Douglas: Swings and Roundabouts (Signed Paperback)

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In his best-selling autobiography More or Less, published in 1978, Kenneth More, one of Britain’s best -loved actors, said, “When Angela and I met and fell in love, everyone and everything was against us. I felt about her as I had never felt about any other woman. I needed her not only physically, but mentally and morally. My only reason for living was to marry her.” he was forty seven, an internationally famous star, twice married with two daughters, who through his appearance in such films as Genevieve, Reach for the Sky and Doctor in the House had become something of a British national institution.

 

Angela was blonde, blue-eyed and twenty one. As this bubbly, naïve  and insecure young actress found herself increasingly in demand in a profession she adored, she met and fell in deeply in love with the man who was to remain for the next twenty years her  “one essential existence”.

 

In this moving, frank and deeply felt autobiography, embarked on with Kenneth’s encouragement, Angela tells of her life from her convent-based education, of the joy of finding her feet as an actress and of her helpless love for this “very married man”. She talks of their seven year wait for his divorce, of being shunned by his former friends, of their joyful companionship and, after sixteen years together, their painful trial separation: “a dismal failure, thank heavens”. And of their agonising love for each other as they struggled against his final crippling illness- a time when he went from strength to vulnerability and she went from vulnerability to strength.

 

A portrait emerges of a particularly passionate and eventful life which will in its humanity strike a sympathetic chord in all who read it.

 

In this revision of her best selling memoir, Angela brings her story up to date including the all consuming grief at the death of her husband and the adventure of her life and work ever since. It is an even more compelling read and will attract a new generation of readers for her unique and heartfelt story.

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Daddys Girl (CD)

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Also included is an exclusive DVD featuring special interview and convention footage.

 

 

Daughter of renowned star of stage and screen Jack Watling, Deborah has entertained millions in a career which spans over fifty years.

 

From her early successes in series such as The Invisible Man, The Power Game and Out of the Unknown, through to her iconic role as the scream queen Victoria Waterfield in Doctor Who, film roles opposite Cliff Richard and David Essex, and as the notorious ‘Naughty’ Norma in Danger UXB, Deborah has endeared herself to a broad spectrum of fans.

 

For the first time, in her own words, Deborah recalls the highs and lows of working on stage and in front of the camera along with the behind-the-scenes personal struggles, and reminisces about working with a whole variety of famous acting names including the late and much-missed Patrick Troughton.


 

 

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Daddy's Girl: In Pictures (SIGNED)

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"While putting together and researching the photos for Daddy's Girl it soon came apparent that we were spoilt for choice", explains publisher, Dexter O'Neill, "therefore we are able to bring you a separate full colour photo supplement, which includes a whole host of never before seen professional and family photos, as well as a variety of rarities not included in the autobiography".

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Derrick Sherwin - Who's Next? A Memoir

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Sherwin began his career in the theatre and worked as a junior set designer, scenic artist, scene shifter, stage manager and lighting designer. Sherwin established himself as an actor in theatre, films and television.

 

While still working as an actor, Sherwin also began work as a freelance writer, contributing scripts to series such as Crossroads and Z-Cars. In 1967, Sherwin was offered a story-editing role on Doctor Who by BBC Head of Serials Shaun Sutton. He was script editor on the stories from The Web of Fear to The Mind Robber, and on the latter tale he wrote the first episode. He also wrote the script for The Invasion, which introduced the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, having adapted the original storyline supplied by Kit Pedler.

 

In 1968/1969 Sherwin began to take a greater role in the producing side of the series and was the unofficial Assistant Producer for the rest of the series' sixth season, with Terrance Dicks succeeding him as script-editor. On The Space Pirates Sherwin briefly resumed his old role as Dicks was busy writing The War Games. Dicks has credited Sherwin with the creation of the Time Lords, who were introduced in The War Games, scripted by Dicks and Malcolm Hulke. Sherwin succeeded Peter Bryant as producer of the programme in 1969, overseeing the production of The War Games and Spearhead from Space. Sherwin was also involved with Bryant in the casting of Jon Pertwee in the lead role on the programme.

 

After Doctor Who, Sherwin was the producer on Paul Temple, The Man Outside, Ski-Boy, and The Perils of Pendragon.

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Derrick Sherwin - Who's Next? A Memoir (SIGNED)

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Sherwin began his career in the theatre and worked as a junior set designer, scenic artist, scene shifter, stage manager and lighting designer. Sherwin established himself as an actor in theatre, films and television.

 

While still working as an actor, Sherwin also began work as a freelance writer, contributing scripts to series such as Crossroads and Z-Cars. In 1967, Sherwin was offered a story-editing role on Doctor Who by BBC Head of Serials Shaun Sutton. He was script editor on the stories from The Web of Fear to The Mind Robber, and on the latter tale he wrote the first episode. He also wrote the script for The Invasion, which introduced the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, having adapted the original storyline supplied by Kit Pedler.

 

In 1968/1969 Sherwin began to take a greater role in the producing side of the series and was the unofficial Assistant Producer for the rest of the series' sixth season, with Terrance Dicks succeeding him as script-editor. On The Space Pirates Sherwin briefly resumed his old role as Dicks was busy writing The War Games. Dicks has credited Sherwin with the creation of the Time Lords, who were introduced in The War Games, scripted by Dicks and Malcolm Hulke. Sherwin succeeded Peter Bryant as producer of the programme in 1969, overseeing the production of The War Games and Spearhead from Space. Sherwin was also involved with Bryant in the casting of Jon Pertwee in the lead role on the programme.

 

After Doctor Who, Sherwin was the producer on Paul Temple, The Man Outside, Ski-Boy, and The Perils of Pendragon.

 

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Directed by Douglas Camfield

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Release Date 31 May 2017

Douglas Camfield is still regarded as a master of his craft; a television director who made numerous memorable episodes of shows such as Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, The Nightmare Man and The Sweeney. During his career, which spanned twenty years and 163 productions, Camfield worked on many popular and groundbreaking series of their day, such as Public Eye, Shoestring, Van der Valk, Z Cars and Paul Temple, not to mention many long since forgotten and lost productions. His work is frequently cited as the best of any series he worked on.

 

Camfield passed away in January 1984. He was 52.

 

Towards the end of his life, he recreated the past with the romantic chivalry of Ivanhoe and tales of honour in African deserts with Beau Geste. His productions frequently topped the ratings charts, including his final serial, Missing From Home.

 

Camfield the man is no less interesting than his work. Adopted by an army family, he chose television over the military, and rose from the cutting room floor to become one of the new wave of BBC directors, determined to prove the potential of the medium and take it further away from its roots in theatre and radio and into cinema. He became the go-to man to help launch new and exciting series which in some cases shaped the future of television on both the BBC and ITV.

 

Told with help from his friends and family, Directed By Douglas Camfield is the story of a man who commanded the love, loyalty, respect and commitment from his cast and crews, how he overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles, including his health, and who took risks with his career in order to achieve his goals.

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Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert

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For five decades, the name Verity Lambert appeared on the end credits of many of Britain’s most celebrated and talked about television dramas, among them Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Minder, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Eldorado, G.B.H. and Jonathan Creek. She was the very first producer of Doctor Who, which she nurtured through its formative years at a time when there were few women in positions of power in the television industry. Later, she worked within the troubled British film business and became a pioneering independent producer, founding her own highly-successful company, Cinema Verity.

 

Within her profession, she was hugely respected as an intensely driven, sometimes formidable but always stylish exponent of her craft, with the stamina and ability to combine quantity with quality. Many of her productions have had a lasting cultural and emotional impact on their audiences and continue to be enjoyed to this day.

 

But who was the woman behind all these television triumphs and what was the price she paid to achieve them?

 

Combining months of painstaking research and interviews with many of Lambert’s closest friends and colleagues, Drama and Delight will capture the energy and spirit of this remarkable woman and explore her phenomenal and lasting legacy.

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Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert (Hardcover)

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For five decades, the name Verity Lambert appeared on the end credits of many of Britain’s most celebrated and talked about television dramas, among them Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Minder, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Eldorado, G.B.H. and Jonathan Creek. She was the very first producer of Doctor Who, which she nurtured through its formative years at a time when there were few women in positions of power in the television industry. Later, she worked within the troubled British film business and became a pioneering independent producer, founding her own highly-successful company, Cinema Verity.

 

Within her profession, she was hugely respected as an intensely driven, sometimes formidable but always stylish exponent of her craft, with the stamina and ability to combine quantity with quality. Many of her productions have had a lasting cultural and emotional impact on their audiences and continue to be enjoyed to this day.

 

But who was the woman behind all these television triumphs and what was the price she paid to achieve them?

 

Combining months of painstaking research and interviews with many of Lambert’s closest friends and colleagues, Drama and Delight will capture the energy and spirit of this remarkable woman and explore her phenomenal and lasting legacy.

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Drawing Breath/Argh! Memoirs of Dicky Howett and Tim Quinn

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DICKY HOWETT

Dicky’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip in collaboration with writer Tim Quinn Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.

But he and Tim didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thompson and IPC comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with their refusal to let good taste get in the way of a good joke.

Prior to this collaboration, Dicky worked at the BBC and Lime Grove in various roles as well as being a freelance cartoonist for numerous daily newspapers and periodicals. He continued with cartooning for as long as he could, but with the industry changing and the need for spot cartoons diminishing he began a new career and company.

Golden Age Television specialises in leasing antique film and video camera and studio equipment to modern film and television productions ranging from Hollywood productions such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich, to television productions including Call the Midwife, The Hour, Inside No.9 and returning to his Doctor Who roots with An Adventure in Space and Time for the series’ 50th Anniversary in 2013.

 

TIM QUINN

Tim’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip (in collaboration with artist Dicky Howett) Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.

But he and Dicky didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thompson and IPC comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with with their refusal to allow good taste to get in the way of a good joke.

Before and after this decade-long partnership, Tim has had a colourful life starting out early as a clown and going on to be a stage manager, editor, publisher, manager, director and producer as well as helping to launch Marvel in the UK during the eighties.

Tim’s memoir is a cautionary tale of dealing with corporate mentality in a creative industry, facing opposition from marketing departments, editors and bosses generally. ‘We need to be careful here...’ being a phrase often repeated.

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From Byfleet to the Bush - An Autobiography of Jacqueline Pearce

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The actress Jacqueline Pearce is best known to television audiences as the villainous Servalan from the fondly remembered Blake’s Seven (BBC 1978-1981). But her career has taken her from RADA to Hollywood, via starring roles in international comedy films, Hammer Horror, BBC Shakespeare, and London’s West End. So how did she end up living in the African bush with her belongings in black bin-bags? Find out with this gripping memoir of an extraordinary life – from Byfleet to the Bush.

Jacqueline’s motherless upbringing in suburban Byfleet was unconventional and her education at the hands of nuns left her emotionally scarred. Through the course of her erratic career, she found love, laughter, heartache, breakdowns, fame, obscurity, and sex drugs and rock and roll. On the way, she encountered such stars as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Lewis, Alan Bates, John Hurt, Dervla Kirwan and Rupert Penry-Jones. Candid, vivid, mordant and funny, this is an unusual and enchanting memoir.

 

From Byfleet to the Bush explores her life on and off the screen. Candid, vivid, mordant and funny, this is an unusual and enchanting memoir.

 

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Is There Life Outside The Box? - An Autobiography by Peter Davison

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His fans have spoken, but despite their requests, Peter Davison has gone ahead and written his autobiography anyway. It wasn't the book they tried to stop it was more like the book they didn't want him to start. An aspiring singer-songwriter, once dubbed Woking's answer to Bob Dylan (by his mum, who once heard a Bob Dylan song), Peter actually penned a hit for Dave Clarke (still awaiting royalties) but soon swapped a life on the pub circuit to tread the boards.

 

From colonial roots - his dad was Guyanese and his mother was born in India - the family settled in Surrey where Peter's academic achievements were unspectacular he even managed to fail CSE woodwork, eliciting a lament from his astonished teacher ( All you have to do is recognise wood! ).

 

Despite this, Peter has secured his place in science fiction history, becoming the fifth Doctor Who, despite nearly turning down the role. The Time Lord connection continued with the marriage of his daughter Georgia to Dr Who number ten, David Tennant.

 

The artist formerly known as Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett has starred in a number of television series including Love for Lydia,A Very Peculiar Practice,At Home with the Braithwaites and The Last Detective and became a national treasure for having his arm up a cow in his role as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small. He was also in a Michael Winner movie...

 

He made his first stage appearance with an amateur dramatic company, but The Byfleet Players loss is now the West End s gain as he now has a number of musicals to his name, including Legally Blonde,Chicago and Spamalot. Most recently he starred in the box office record breaking Gypsy where he rubbed shoulders backstage with Dames Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench all asking him for directions to Imelda Staunton's dressing room.

 

One thing is for sure: of all the British screen and stage actors of the last fifty years, Peter Davison is certainly one of them and, within these pages, intrepid readers will at last have the dubious honour of sharing in his life and times as he despairs over whether there truly ever can be life outside the box.

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John Leeson: Tweaking the Tail (Signed Hardcover)

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LIMITED SIGNED COPIES

 

This is the amusing story of a wildly unpredictable career journey...

 

Not every RADA-trained actor with aspirations to the classical stage expects to find himself an international sci-fi icon in DOCTOR WHO at the end of the day. Again, not every actor expects to find fulfilment in a parallel profession as an accredited wine educator alongside his work in the theatre, film and TV….and yet again, not every actor expects to find himself appointed to a completely different ‘theatre’ – the Magistrates’ Courts - sitting in judgement on the right side of the law!

 

Nobody could be more surprised, perhaps, at the curious turns of fortune that have been dealt to the author revealed in this engaging, often hilarious picture of his life other than the author himself!

 

This, then, is your invitation to share a kaleidoscope of recollections: the surprise, the triumphs, trials and tribulations of professional work across half a century including repertory and ‘fringe’ theatre work, West End appearances, British TV sitcoms including ‘Dad’s Army’, voiceover work, question setting for ‘Mastermind’, TV commercials at home and abroad….. let alone his insights into the worlds both of wine and of public service as a magistrate. A passionate cook, too, he’s even found the time to write this book! Clearly, he needs to slow down!

 

 

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