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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,
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 14th 2010)
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Jason Koivu
Dramatic actors...they're so goddamn dramatic!

This auto/biography (told by her to a biographer, who patched it all together) mostly discusses Judi Dench's time in the theater, so there's plenty of scenes relayed about actors behaving badly. Not only actors, but directors as well...and it seemed to me, mostly men. I don't think Dench intended to bag on theater dudes. It just happens that, for some reason, the male of the species often acts atrociously towards their fellows. I think the embarrassi
May 29, 2011 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-goodreads
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
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,
Jan 01, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan Ceresnak
May 03, 2011 Ryan Ceresnak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, memoir, audiobook
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
Nov 02, 2011 Graceann rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nikki Bywater
Mar 14, 2013 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Not the traditional autobiography that delves mostly into a person's "behind-the-scenes" life. In this book Judi Dench writes almost exclusively of her acting career. I found it fascinating although I wasn't familiar with many of the names during her early stage career. It is apparent that Judi didn't sit down to a typewriter to write this book. I believe it is disclosed that these are merely conversations Judi spoke about and they were put to paper, but that is what I found refreshing about thi ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Susan Johnson
May 24, 2014 Susan Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Apr 14, 2017 Tess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a full biography/autobiography, just little snippets of Dame Judi Dench's life as she remembered different stories. I knew next to nothing about her before listening to this book, and I am intrigued by the glimpses into her life she has written. She mentions biographies that have been written about her in the foreword, so I think I will look up one of those in the future.
I loved hearing so much about the theatre since, as an American, I only know her for her film appearances.
Joy H.
RE: _And Furthermore_ (2010) by Judi Dench
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I love Judi Dench and look forward to reading this book.

Below is a link to the NY Times review of this book:

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
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
Mar 06, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2011 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristine Berg
This memoir is as giggly and mischievous as one begins to believe Dame Judi can be backstage, although it is not a particularly brilliant piece of writing, and exposes very little that could offend or scandalize. I enjoyed her confessions of missed lines, backstage silliness, onstage naughtiness, and the general good fun that can be had when a highly professional actress allows herself to enjoy her work. She is a champion at self deprecating humility, and never takes herself too seriously.
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.
Apr 24, 2012 G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Feb 15, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generaltheatre
Really love anecdotal stuff about the theatre, and this qualifies as that if nothing else. Very enjoyable.
Oct 14, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And Furthermore
Author: Judi Dench
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Judi Dench has always been multi-talented and quite versatile. With parents who loved the stage and two brothers who acted too, she could not help but find herself caught up in it too. From the age of five Judi knew that her life would be spent entertaining others and learning a craft that would span many decades. As the author recounts her early years, the fun she had in schools, the many coaches that helped her learn how to move, speak and
This is the Cliffs Notes of Dench's biography, also written by John Miller. She whizzes around the names, places, plays, and films of her life with her usual low-key humorous style. It's really for avid British theatre fans, but if you, like I, would be happy enough to hear Dame Judi read recipes in Croatian, you won't mind not knowing everything she's talking about.
Patricia Hart
May 29, 2017 Patricia Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the working life of one of my favorites!
May 14, 2017 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, I want to read her other ones now.
Mar 15, 2017 Sonjav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In this warmhearted memoir, actress Dench brings such a fresh and natural reaction as she describes her roles from Mother Courage to Cleopatra, Lady Bracknell and Sally Bowles that a sense of identification occurs; Dench shows the theatrical inside plumbing of the player and how personal insights, emotional backstories, and initial responses create the character." - Amazon.
An interesting dash through Dame Judi's acting career with stories and anecdotes along the way. I really enjoyed her discussions about acting in general and some of the people she has worked with and the theatrical anecdotes, however I did struggle to keep up with so many famous but sadly unfamiliar names and I longed to hear more about how they were in rehearsal and the dressing room. I really admire Dame Judi and found the book enjoyable but not always gripping
Jul 02, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
As Judi Dench explains in the preface, this book is not a traditional autobiography. Rather, it's intended to be a follow-up to her 1998 biography Judi Dench: With a Crack in Her Voice, filling in gaps and bringing us up to date with her life since that book was written. However I enjoyed it without having read that biography. It reads like you are sitting down with a cup of tea and enjoying a lengthy conversation with this very interesting lady. Dame Judi talks us through her career with passin ...more
Gillian Ray-barruel
Quick and breezy synopsis of Dame Judi's career
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