Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Peter Cushing: The Complete Memoirs” as Want to Read:
Peter Cushing: The Complete Memoirs
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Peter Cushing, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Peter Cushing

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Chris
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
...more
Jack Haringa
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
...more
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.
Wendy
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant Birthday Present.
Simon
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating set of memoirs, only a little thin on the Hammer years
Chip
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.
Court
rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2014
Harold
rated it really liked it
Dec 21, 2016
Steph
rated it really liked it
Sep 25, 2015
Michael
rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2015
Jonas
rated it it was amazing
Jul 27, 2017
Amara
rated it really liked it
May 06, 2017
Sandra
rated it really liked it
Jun 26, 2015
Becky Cresswell
rated it really liked it
Feb 09, 2017
Amy Emerson
rated it it was amazing
Mar 11, 2017
Amanda
rated it really liked it
Sep 07, 2013
G.R.
rated it it was amazing
Nov 12, 2013
Alex Mac
rated it it was amazing
Oct 29, 2017
Graham Andrews
rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2016
Vic
rated it really liked it
Jan 11, 2017
James Stephens
rated it really liked it
Aug 07, 2015
Claire
rated it really liked it
Apr 27, 2016
Sheila Da Silva
rated it liked it
Mar 30, 2015
Patrick
rated it it was amazing
Aug 16, 2013
Buddy2Blogger
rated it it was amazing
Jun 29, 2015
Luke Walker
rated it it was amazing
Mar 31, 2014
Ian
rated it it was amazing
Aug 07, 2017
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Peter Cushing...