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And Furthermore

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From the moment Judi Dench appeared as a teenager in the York Mystery Plays it was clear that acting would be her career. Here she tells her story.
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published 2010 by Weidenfeld & Nicholson
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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 23, 2015 Dawn rated it it was ok
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,
Feb 25, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
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 08, 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
Mar 03, 2013 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
Mar 12, 2011 Doug rated it liked it
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
May 08, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was ok
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 26, 2014 Susan Johnson rated it did not like it

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.
Kristine Berg
Oct 17, 2016 Kristine Berg rated it liked it
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.
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
Nikki Bywater
Apr 09, 2013 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2011 Donna Radcliff rated it liked it
"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
Jan 14, 2014 Bachyboy rated it liked it
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.
SC Skillman
May 27, 2016 SC Skillman rated it really liked it
Having not read Judi Dench's previous memoir, many of the stories in this book were fresh to me, and I found this a delightful account of Dame Judi's memories of her life in the acting profession. It's not a book to inspire young struggling actors, who will often experience disappointments and may spend long periods out of work; for Dame Judi landed her first role with the Old Vic very soon after drama school and, it seems, has never been out of work since! She tells many fascinating tales which ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 Jacki (Julia Flyte) rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2015 Erica rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
Now, I love Judi Dench. I want to be her when I grow up. But as far as autobiographies go, this one was superficial at best. Most of the book is spent speeding through projects. Rather than picking some major ones and detailing the events surrounding them, it seems every single play, television guest spot, and movie are included, but only very briefly! Though she spent quite a while in Stratford with the Royal Shakespeare Company, for instance, it only lasts 2 or 3 pages in the book.
If this pac
Mar 06, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it
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
Morgan Dhu
Dec 26, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it liked it
Judi Dench is quite clear about it: And Furthermore is not an autobiography. She sees it as a follow-up to the 1998 biography written by John Miller, Judi Dench: With a Crack in her Voice, which I have not yet read but will very soon, as it was one of my Christmas prezzies.

Indeed, it has very little of the interiority one expects from an autobiography. Dench is a notoriously private person, and so this is a book that deals largely with anecdotes and commentaries on her professional life, charmin
Apr 30, 2011 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 11, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 07, 2016 Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, audiobooks
And Furthermore, by Dame Judi Dench, is an enjoyable account of the actress' life, but I was disappointed that Dame Judi herself hadn't read her own story. Instead, she made an introduction to this audiobook version, explaining that another author had down a terrific job with the biography that they wrote, that her intention was to merely elaborate, and that she asked her friend Samantha Bond, to do the narration. I worked hard to pretend that Samantha Bond was actually Judi Dench, and in many w ...more
Ann Marie
Apr 03, 2016 Ann Marie rated it liked it
Not exactly a memoir, as she is protective about her personal life, but what a career she has had. Besides listings of her performances and awards, her relationships with others in her profession, she does, finally, provide a bit of insight, "Today a lot of young actors have no intention of going on the stage. What they want to do is make a hit in television, or make a film, and have that kind of life. But I think those of us who have had a theatre training are very lucky, because the biggest pr ...more
Teresa Rust
Apr 04, 2014 Teresa Rust rated it liked it
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
May 05, 2015 Chel rated it liked it
I enjoyed listening to this book on CDs. I realised that I did not know a lot about Dame Judi Dench, only her recent cinema years. What I did learn from this sequel to an earlier biography is that she is stoic, has enormous energy even at her current stage of life and came across as someone you would love to meet. She mentions more than once in the book that she is a private person, a state which I am sure would be hard to maintain.
Dame Judi writes adoringly of her involvement in the world of t
Grant Trevarthen
Jun 04, 2014 Grant Trevarthen rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2012 G rated it liked it
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.
May 10, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
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.
Jul 25, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: generaltheatre
Really love anecdotal stuff about the theatre, and this qualifies as that if nothing else. Very enjoyable.
Oct 20, 2015 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
In this volume, Dame Judi recounts her career in acting, detailing plays, musicals, television and film. This is not her biography, she says, because that has already been done. Pictures from her personal collection are shared and a full chronology of parts is listed at the end. I am a big fan of her in "As Time Goes By" currently running on my local PBS station each week. She talks about doing the series and her co-star Geoffrey Palmer. I even discovered there is a fan group for the series! Rec ...more
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