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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"Twenty years after his death, David Niven is remembered with warmth, affection, and as one of the funniest and most lovable men who ever lived." "For more than forty years, from the late 1930s, he portrayed on-screen the impeccable values of a lost breed of English gentlemen - handsome, beautifully spoken, elegantly dressed, witty, with perfect manners, and utterly charmi ...more
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Published June 14th 2004 by Orion (first published October 1st 2003)
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Philip Davies
I found this book hard work. The style is very much like a final year dissertation, factually accurate, chronologically exact but lacking any feeling or emotion. The author has a fascination with the cost of things, reference to value or the present day equivalent seemingly on every other page.
OK Dad
Wasn't a huge fan of Niven, but I was always aware of his work. This book made me a huge fan. Very "British" in writing style and pacing, however the triumph and tragedy (of course there's tragedy) of Niv's life makes for extraordinary literature. Don't even start the count the number of mega-starlets he slept with...
Rajit
Not especially gripping in its own right but a hugely valuable companion piece to Niven's own books.
Ben
Feb 22, 2008 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rupert Owen
Don't read his autobiographical work with out delving into this wonderful biography!
Julie
Much sadder than 'the Moon's...'. Poor old Hjordis gets a real slating
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