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Peter Cushing: The Complete Memoirs

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This lavish new book collects both volumes of Peter Cushing’s memoirs – An Autobiography and Past Forgetting – with extensive unseen material from his private collection. Cushing was widely known as ‘the gentleman of horror’, his kind and sensitive nature a sharp contrast with the Hammer Horror roles that dominated his work from the 1950s onwards. This is Cushing’s own acc ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Signum (first published April 23rd 2013)
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If I had to use one word to sum up both book and author it would be “Genuine”. Peter Cushing was the product of a bygone age (in fact even 1986, the year in which the first volume was written, seems a bit like that now), and he writes about himself, family, friends and colleagues in the refined, gentlemanly way that anyone who knew of him would expect. He shares his memories with honesty and candour and in doing so leaves us a portrait of a lost world.

In the first volume, “An Autobiography”, we
Jack Haringa
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Cushing is too much of a gentleman to write some sort of "tell-all" autobiography. Instead, we get a behind-the-scenes view of his stage, television, and film career. What are most apparent are his devotion to his wife Helen (who died in 1971) and his self-deprecation. Cushing also humbly thanks many of his fellow actors for all kids of support throughout his career. It's a pleasant book, but really for die-hard fans
Julio Gagne
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Only for his fans. Probably drops to two stars for non-fans as his life is not really that interesting.
Andrew Garvey
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An uneven collection of Peter Cushing's autobiographical writings, this is one of the most purely enjoyable, but also disappointing books I've read in a long time.

I'm not foolish enough to think ANY autobiography is truly honest. They're generally an exercise in entertainment, myth-making and self-promotion. Cushing's might be exactly that. But I don't especially care because the bulk of this volume - 1987's 'An Autobiography' is so incredibly enjoyable to read.

Cushing's England is so delightful
Barry Hammond
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
While not as complete an account of Cushing's life as was David Miller's "Peter Cushing: A Life In Film," Cushing's own memoirs, originally published in two volumes and here presented in one book with new forewords, introductions, and appendixes, have a personality, charm and appeal that's all their own. Fans of the Hammer films will probably appreciate Miller's book more as there are more remembrances of those films and many other stories about Cushing's performances by others, his own recollec ...more
Aaron Badgley
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love this man, and I love this book. It includes both of his autobiographies and a rough draft of his first autobiography. The book is informative, funny and sentimental. He writes well and reveals just enough.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant Birthday Present.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating set of memoirs, only a little thin on the Hammer years
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There was some really funny stuff in this book, as well as some tender stories when he discusses his wife. Excellent book.
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Born Peter Winton Cushing was an English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the distinguished-looking but sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, amongst many other roles, often appearing opposite Christopher Lee, and occasionally Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, his most famous roles outside ...more
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