Close Up: An Actor Telling Tales (hardback)
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Close Up is John Fraser's sometimes outrageous, often hilarious, and always rigorously honest account of an extraordinary life. It is a remarkably candid memoir, relating his affairs, friendships and working relationships with some of the biggest stars of the stage and screen. Rudolf Nureyev, Dirk Bogarde, Bette Davis and many others feature in one of the most revealing and entertaining autobiographies in years.
John Fraser starred in over 30 films, including El Cid and Tunes of Glory. He was nominated for a British Academy Award as Best Actor for his performance, opposite Peter Finch, as Bosie in The Trials of Oscar Wilde.
'Genuinely moving...a deliciously gossipy read, but much, much more than a set of anecdotes about famous people. What distinguishes Close Up from a hundred other celebrity memoirs is the skill of the writing, and also the sense that a real warm heart lies at the centre.' Mail on Sunday
'A Supa-candid-gossip-tastic-expo-valid-dose-worth of Dirk, Sophia, Bette and Rudy in the sixties. Grab and gobble it!' Richard E Grant
'John Fraser, once a golden youth, later a leading stage actor of distinction, always an intelligent, witty, modest and charming man. These latter qualities are much in evidence in his delightful autobiography. Merciless, but never malicious, he rejoices in human foibles, Almost Wodehousian in its comedy.' The Spectator
'The wittiest and best-written showbusiness autobiography I have ever read... a magnificent writer.' Roger Lewis, Sunday Express
'Outstanding, often moving and thoroughly engrossing.' Jonathan Cecil, Spectator