'Some people's secrets should never be told. The secret, though, that surrounded my parents' unhappy life together, was divulged to me by accident-'Hidden under some papers in his father's bureau, the sixteen-year-old Derek Malcolm finds a book called The Judges and the Damned. Browsing through the Contents pages Derek reads: 'Mr Justice tries Lieutenant Malcolm - page 33.' But there is no page 33. The whole chapter has been ripped out of the book. It turns out that Derek's father killed his mother's lover, and, unique in British legal history, was acquitted (although guilty) on the grounds that this was a 'crime passionel'. After his father's death, Derek receives a postcard from his Aunt Phylis, which informs him, rather baldly, that his real father was the Italian Ambassador to London. By turns laconic and affectionate, Derek Malcolm has written a richly evocative memoir of a family sinking into hopeless disrepair.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
'A fascinating and revealing story' The TimesAbout the Author:
Derek Malcolm was chief film critic of the Guardian for thirty years and still writes for the paper. Educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford, he became first a steeplechase rider and then an actor after leaving university. He became a journalist in the sixties joining the Guardian, where he was a features sub-editor and writer, racing correspondent and finally film critic. He directed the London Film Festival for a spell in the eighties and is now President of both the International Film Critics Association and the British Federation of Film Societies. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television and a veteran of film festival juries all over the world. His most recent book was A Century of Cinema (2000). He lives in Deal, Kent, with his wife but also has a flat in London.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd 01/04/2004, 2004. Book Condition: used-good. - GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780099429739
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd 01/04/2004, 2004. Book Condition: used-good. GREAT BOOK IN GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION, NORMALLY SENT SAME DAY FROM WAREHOUSE. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780099429739
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Best quality EX-LIBRARY copy, may have some stamps,marks etc Another Croaking bargain from the Frog !!!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001371013
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001680465
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001939341
Book Description Arrow Books, 2004. Paperback. Paperback; English language; a fair reading copy. Your book will be securely packed and promptly dispatched from our UK warehouse. For buyers outside the UK we now offer significantly lower rates on our airmail shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 05058gew036
Book Description Arrow Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-133-X3-6104006