Richard Attenborough and Diana Hawkins have been friends and colleagues for nearly 50 years.They have now teamed up to write this frank and funny account of their unlikely partnership and his extraordinary life.
Attenborough is the octogenarian celebrity peer, happily married since 1945, describing a lifetime of ceaseless activity as film star, director, producer, company chairman and indefatigable campaigner.
Hawkins, 70, a twice divorced author and single parent who lived for a time on benefits, went on to become Attenborough's publicist, business partner and, ultimately, his co-producer.
He is staunch Labour, she is a committed Conservative.His glass is always half full, hers obstinately half empty.
Together, laughing and squabbling, they have travelled the world, meeting people and making films.Among the eclectic cast of characters who appear in this two-handed memoir are Steve McQueen, Mother Teresa, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Mugabe, Edward G Robinson, Shirley MacLaine, Ronald Reagan, David Lean, Margaret Thatcher, John Mills, Steven Spielberg, Noel Coward, Tommy Lawton, Indira Gandhi, George Brown and Nelson Mandela.
Prompted by his adventures in the movie business, Attenborough goes on to reflect on the highs and lows of a long life, both in and out of the public gaze.He writes revealingly of his passion for football and politics, of his avuncular relationship with Princess Diana and finally about the tsunami tragedy which engulfed his family in December 2004.
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"Actor and director Richard Attenborough is a giant of British cinema - and one of the best connected men in the world of showbusiness ... Now he's telling his extraordinary story ... Moving and enthralling" ( Daily Mail)
"One of the most readable and entertaining showbusiness memoirs I have read" ( Sunday Express)
"Richard Attenborough, with his long-term collaborator Diana Hawkins, has written a highly entertaining memoir, Entirely Up to You Darling. Despite its self-mocking title, it offers an insightful account of professional triumphs and personal tragedy" ( Books of the Year, Independent)
"There is, in Attenborough's life, as arresting a sense of narrative as in his films" ( Scotland on Sunday)
"They make for enjoyable reading because Attenborough has had such a rich and varied life" ( Sunday Times)
'Richard Attenborough's autobiography is the most compelling you'll read all year... It's funny, entertaining and very moving'
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