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And Furthermore

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I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships. I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting…” – Judi Dench

From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, f...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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Hannah
A writer she is not, but there's much to admire about the long and fantastic career of Judi Dench.

The first section of the book focuses almost exclusively on her theatre work (what character she played, when she played it, and who she played it with). Since I'm not keen on live theater, this section was somewhat boring. However, it was still interesting to see all the plays she's been involved in and all the big names of stage she's acted with. Her TV and film work was more to my personal taste,...more
Dawn
I so wanted to love this book because I love Dame Judi. But I didn't love it (although I still love the Dame). I found it read more like peeking into an appointment diary rather than delving into a personal journal. And there were times when I just didn't understand what she was trying to say even after re-reading the passage. That's not to say that it's all bad - there were passages of interest that really sang off the page in Dame Judi's lovely smokey voice. Nor was I expecting her to dish the...more
Judy
Finished Feb 2011. Not strictly a bio, as Judi Dench explains in her preface, but an adjunct to an earlier bio (John Miller, 1998), which sets out to fill some of the gaps in this previous work. The focus is mainly on Judi's professional life, not private.

For me, a great fan of the actress, it was a delight to hear her voice direct, and even though she was fairly guarded about giving away personal details, her very warm, appreciative, and fun-loving soul reflected throughout the pages. The most...more
Ryan Ceresnak
I'm a big fan of Dame Judi Dench and was very excited that she had a memoir coming out. I ended up getting the Audiobook edition of it because I wanted to hear Judi tell me her story in her own voice (similarly to my love of the audiobook of Julie Andrew's memoir - HOME). I was surprised to find just a short introduction read by the actress and the rest of the book read by actress Samantha Bond. Despite the initial weirdness of hearing Samantha Bond's voice tell Judi Dench's story in the first p...more
Doug
N.Y. Times provided a commentary on March 6, 2011...a must for fans of Judi Dench. However, the book is disappointing for those looking for more intimacy in Dench's theatrical and personal history. This book is a glamorous review of her wonderful creative life reflecting her committed and energetic activity in stage and screen. The book contains an inclusive look at her theatre history and highlights her many thespian associates and theatrical personalities in Britain especially. For all that, t...more
Caroline Kimsey
This audio version is superbly narrated by Samantha Bond, Judi's goddaughter.

When asked to fill in the missing parts from other biographys, Judi Dench agreed and this is the result. It is a potted history of her entire career, from her school days and home life, getting her first part, how she felt about the other actors and directors. How her husband proposed and the charming circumstances around it. It also encompases her balance beteween work and home life including how much she loves her dau...more
Graceann
Mar 03, 2013 Graceann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of memoir; fans of stage and screen
Shelves: memoir
When I first started reading "And Furthermore," I was a bit worried. Dame Judi spans her early life and career in about 20 pages and it's all very superficial. "And then I was in this production with that person and then this production with this other person." It wasn't until a good 75 pages in that we start to hear her personal opinions and stories regarding her experiences on the stage and, later, television and cinema screens.

Miss Dench has a wicked wit and all too rarely she lets us know h...more
Felicia
Bought on Audible

What I Loved: Dame Judi Dench is one of those rare famous people that just don't strike you as famous at all. All of her stories reflect her beautiful personality and sparkling humor. She shares stories about her theater plays (of which you can clearly tell is her acting love and something she plans on doing until she cannot anymore), her time in movies, and her family. The best parts are how she speaks so lovingly of friends and family that she has had many years. She forms rea...more
Joy H.
RE: _And Furthermore_ (2010) by Judi Dench
Added 2/15/11
I love Judi Dench and look forward to reading this book.

3/4/11
Below is a link to the NY Times review of this book:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/boo...

4/6/11
I've read parts of this book and would continue if I didn't have any other books to read. However, I have a stack of books waiting and this one, although it's interesting, doesn't hold my interest for very long. I have to hunt for sections which interest me, mostly because much of th...more
Meredith
I'm coming off of reading one of the best books I've read in a while, so Dame Judi has big shoes to fill. I can't help but hear her distinguishable voice and wit in the first few pages, and even smiled to myself while reading the first few pages on the bus this morning to work. She's frank about her beginnings in England as a young child who hoped to become a dancer or set designer, until her physician/actor "daddy" told her dancers had short careers, and Dame Judy didn't want that. Lucky us!

The...more
Susan Johnson

I like Dame Judi Dench a great deal but this is a boring, boring book. It seems to be nothing but a list of her work and a listing of people who worked on it from actors to make-up people. Yawn.
Nikki Bywater
This is a really interesting and entertaining read. In this great book the well-known actress Judi Dench shares her own memories and personal experiences about her life and work. From her work in the theatre to her role in the James Bond films as ‘M’. Judi Dench gives a very honest account of her life in acting. There is never a dull moment in this book. Judi talks about the people who have inspired and influenced her the most and this book would give inspiration to many aspiring actors and actr...more
Donna Radcliff
"And Furthermore" is a nice chatty reminiscence between friends over tea and biscuits on a Sunday afternoon. Dame Judi lightly touches on her childhood and marriage (both warm, supportive and stable) and focuses on the extensive body of her work on in the theater, film and television. The bulk of the drama in her life was on stage. Many of the fellow thespians she mentions are unknown to me due to my considerable lack of knowledge regarding British Theater but this in no way diminishes the scope...more
Bachyboy
When I first began reading this, I was put off by the rather ordinary writing style and the fact that she called her parents Mummy and Daddy! However I kept going and really enjoyed her accounts of all the plays and films she has been in. She has an incredible attitude to life and even in her 80s she has no thought of retiring.
Kristy
Three stars because I like her so much, not really because the book was so great, because for a book about such a great actress, it was a really bland book. And all she talks about is working, does she ever do anything else? She must. She mentions a few times making a cup of tea, but that's about it except for what she acted in, where, and with whom. Although, when she talked about acting in this play with Daniel Day-Lewis, or that with Jude Law or Kenneth Branagh, I wish I went to the theatre m...more
"Aubri"/Lisa
Normally I'm not one for biographies, but Dame Judi Dench has long been a favorite actress of mine, and since this volume was more about her stage-TV-film experiences I found it irresistible, particularly when reading about one I'd seen and loved. Her literary voice (as told to John Miller) is as distinct as her theatrical one, though no topic is delved into too deeply. A light, easy read that mostly only hints at all the glamour - and the hard work - that goes into the acting world.
Mike
This isn't an autobiography - I think Dench has provided one of those elsewhere. It's basically a charming and often very funny look at her years of performance on stage and screen, detailing the roles she has played, what she enjoyed about them, what she hated about some, the challenges they brought, the relationships they forged, and more.
It's also a book of theatrical anecdotes: Dench has performed with the cream of British theatrical talent, and most names in the book will be very familiar....more
Teresa Rust
I found every bit of information in this book interesting BECAUSE I LOVE Dame Judi Dench. If you are not a big fan of hers you may not find all of the details in this memoir worthy of your time.

This is not an autobiography. It is sort of an addendum to her 1998 biography by John Miller, Judi Dench: With A Crack In Her Voice. This book is mainly an overview of all of her professional life, with a few bits and pieces of her private life added. I feel like I have a much better handle on her amazin...more
Grant Trevarthen
Born Judith Olivia Dench on December 9th 1934, in York, England, her father a G,P, She had 2 older brothers, Peter & Jeffrey who still lives.
Through her parents Judi gained a love of performing in Pantomime and in theatre, where her career began at the 'Old Vic' in 1957. Through the following years she performed every known Shakespearean role for females.
Her T.V performances are too many to mention, but what stands out to me are her Film roles. Her major coup was getting the role of 'M' Ja...more
G
If you've ever wondered what the life of a thespian was like, then this book is for you! The entire book is filled with every moment of her acting life.
Barbara
It's obvious that Judi Dench is an actor, not a writer. But, oh what an actor she is! And, I enjoyed this memoir. I think any Dench fan would.
Amy
Really love anecdotal stuff about the theatre, and this qualifies as that if nothing else. Very enjoyable.
Stephanie
So disappointed. I love Judi Dench and wanted insight into her beautiful mind, but this book was just list after list of what play she was in and who directed it and who she acted with. There was no emotion or depth in it. Even the "chapter" dedicated to the death of her husband was only a mere 4 pages in length and she truly only mentioned his passing and the effect it had on her in 4 brief paragraphs. Perhaps she is just a private person and I respect that, but then why bother writing an autob...more
Lesley
And Furthermore was never going to be difficult book for me to get through. Dame Judi Dench is a incredible actress who I only ever learn to adore more. She has so much energy and personality and poise and grace and ohmygoshfangirlgushing!

Moving on in a hopefully slightly less crazy way...

And Furthermore is a collection of entertaining and endearing memories from the life and career of the lovely Judi Dench. Her recollections are told with such heart and humor that it almost didn't matter what...more
David
And Furthermore by Judi Dench is a remenisence of her career and life, with mentions of the many people she has worked with over her career. It's wrtten in a chatty tone and with a sense of humor. Concentrating on her career, Judi shares many amusing anecdotes of the directors, actors and other theater people she's worked with. A good sense of theater life, and the discipline and hard work needed by an actor are communicated to the reader.

I especially enjoyed the stories of practical jokes and...more
Sequelguerrier
This one describes an extraordinary life - that of Cleopatra, of Queen Victoria, of Queen Elizabeth I, of M, of Mrs Henderson, in short, of Dame Judy Dench. I pick up an actor's autobiographical effort every now and again when I really like the actor and they are about as often disappointing as they are a success. Actors are very often so great at speaking lines written for them that one tends to forget that they don't necessarily sound the same when they write themselves. Judy Dench's 'and furt...more
Jane Greensmith
I listened to Judi Dench's And Furthermore and loved every minute of it. Read by Samantha Bond, who sounded so much like Dench that I usually forgot that it wasn't being read by the author, it was a joy from beginning to end. I admire Dench's work as well as her sense of humor, work ethic, respect for her colleagues and audience, and unwillingness to sacrifice her soul to celebrity.

I loved hearing about her years in the theatre, doing mostly Shakespeare and other classical plays, before she ente...more
Holly
Perhaps it's just because I recently finished reading Antonia Fraser's memoir of her life with Harold Pinter that I find this book somewhat tough sledding: An overdose of late 20th century British theater. Both authors drop more names than anything else I've read lately, and if I knew more about the British theater and literature scene, I probably wouldn't find it so annoying. I adore Dame Judi's acting, and there are parts of this that I enjoy very much, such as her personal opinions of plays--...more
Caroline Kimsey
This audio version is superbly narrated by Samantha Bond, Judi's goddaughter.

When asked to fill in the missing parts from other biographys, Judi Dench agreed and this is the result. It is a potted history of her entire career, from her school days and home life, getting her first part, how she felt about the other actors and directors. How her husband proposed and the charming circumstances around it. It also encompases her balance beteween work and home life including how much she loves her dau...more
Ruth



Dame Judi, what a lovely lady! You can hear her voice when reading this book, and it has that slightly surprised anxiety we notice on film. Despite the plaudits and honours she has earned she comes across as having a charming, slightly nervous humility and sense of awe at the talents she has worked with. Never a diva, self-deprecating to a fault, she recalls mistakes and flops alongside triumphs. What comes across very clearly is her sense of being part of a production - not a leading light, and...more
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