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A promising acting career cut so short

Advantages: Sympathetic portrait, with useful insights from several of his family and contemporaries
Disadvantages: None really - apart from an arguably extravagant claim [see review]

...A generation, perhaps a little younger than yours truly, probably knows Richard Beckinsale only from repeats on the UK Gold TV channels, and from occasional mentions in the context of ‘how great he would have been if only…’ In 1978 'The Sunday Times Ma ...

JOHNV 20.02.2010 · Read full review
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Review of The Richard Beckinsale Story - David Clayton

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Caine but not Able?

Advantages: Fun retred
Disadvantages: Retred

...Michael Caine has passed from movie star to leading man to bit part, openly admitting he has written his second autobiography 18 years after his first because of that fact, a les than subtle exercise in reminded his fans about the true great he once was ...

thedevilinme 24.08.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Elephant To Hollywood - Michael Caine

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Entertaining Read

Advantages: written as you're used to Michael Caine speaking
Disadvantages: repeats a lot of earlier biography

I'm not a huge fan of autobiographies, however, I do like Michael Caine. I'm not old enough to remember much of his early work but with his distinctive voice you can tell that he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, with this in mind I was intrig ...

Fleetwoodgirl 27.04.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Elephant To Hollywood - Michael Caine

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Keeps You At a Distance

Advantages: Appendices make this a useful reference work
Disadvantages: No real insight as the author was kept at a distance.

The list of rock stars who have been taken from us early is a long one. Many have lived the rock 'n roll lifestyle to excess and paid the ultimate price. Others have died through no fault of their own, their deaths a tragedy. Far fewer are those who have ...

Soho_Black 24.02.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Touching From a Distance - Deborah Curtis

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From rebel to multi-millionaire

Advantages: Easy to read, insightful
Disadvantages: Use of cliches in places

The Real Deal: James Caan James Caan is a multi-millionaire businessman who founded numerous successful recruitment companies and then became a venture capitalist and professional investor. In 2007 James Caan shot to fame when he first appeared on the po ...

Rostow 24.05.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to the Dragons' Den - James Caan

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