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Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  441 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
The life and times of Warwick Davis, star of Ricky Gervais's forthcoming sitcom, "Life's Too Short"Actors work their entire careers hoping to achieve the kind of cult movie hero status that Davis achieved at the age of eleven playing Wicket W. Warrick, the lead Ewok in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." In this lively and down-to-earth memoir, Davis offers personal stories o ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2010)
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Alyssa
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
I read this book while I was stuck in hospital for a couple of months and it really helped me through a very difficult time.

I've always loved Warwick Davis. But I didn't know that I loved Warwick Davis. When I was a child, I loved Willow, and I loved Wicket (I had a book called An Ewok Adventure: The Festival of the Wisties!)

I came to an understanding at a certain point where I realised that both were the same man, and that he had appeared in a wide array of films that I had seen.

You don't often
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gaminette
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readin2010
Warwick Davis is a terrific storyteller - and what stories! What a career he's had (and still has, of course). Unlike a lot of Hollywood autobiographies, which are basically transcripts of recorded interviews (yawn) this one was actually written, clearly by the man himself. (and if that's not the case, then he's more talented than I thought!) Mr Davis, besides being a talented actor, also is a witty and intelligent writer. The book is full of interesting and often hilarious vignettes from his wo ...more
Louise Hartgen
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing you hear about Warwick Davis is that he is a little person. Forget that for a sec, will you? He is an actor. a good one! If you have seen Star Wars, Willow, the Leprechaun series, Harry Potter, the fantastic BBC Narnia dramatisations on TV in the eighties, Ray, to name but a few, you've seen him or, as in my case, you've heard his distinctive voice.

The other night I looked him up on Wiki because I have only seen a bit of what I just wrote down there an wondered what else he's don
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Marlowe
An interesting though fairly lightweight recounting from Britain's premiere little person, Warwick Davis, galloping through his roles in many notable film projects but fairly light with celeb anecdotes, which is fine. There are some genuinely touching moments, such as the series of heartbreaking events surrounding his and his wife's attempts to produce children (thankfully they now have a pair, boy and girl), which he spoke about without laying on the sentimentality, the directness of his approa ...more
Nancy
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just loved this book. Such a quick, funny read. I have to use the cliche..."I laughed, I cried" and, unbelievably, it is true. I laughed out loud, cried a little and was thoroughly entertained. I wish Warwick Davis many more happy, successful years in the film industry..or wherever his prodigious talents take him, and I will be looking for another autobiography someday. Please don't wait forty years though, I may not be here to enjoy it!
Lisa Bennett
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Brilliant read, thoroughly enjoyable and funny in parts. My only disappointment was that he didn't talk about his time in the Big Brother house, but otherwise an amazing story. I had no idea he had done so much.
Ben
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book makes you want to meet Warwick Davis, as he seems like the nicest person ever.
Hugh Menzies
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great wee read this, I never knew he'd been in so many things, be good to get an update though, but I guess that's for the next one! Oh and Sam (his wife) should write her version now...
Becky
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit I only requested this because Warwick Davis has of course been in Harry Potter, I thought it would have gossip about his time on set etc, and I had a vague curiosity about his life before Potter. I didn't realise how long it had been out, I follow Warwick on Twitter and remember him tweeting about choosing a name for his book and time has just flown since.
I know this isn't the normal thing I read or review but I had to share how much I loved this book.
Warwick Davis is an inspiration
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Emma
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I wrestle with how to respond each time I’m asked if I read autobiographies. The answer is a resounding, “yes!” but I’ve found that what I consider to be an autobiography and what people are asking about are very different. I selected “biographies” as a section I was interested in on Goodreads. So far, I’ve managed to find three books there I’ve picked up, only one of which I’ve finished. When I go looking for Gladys Aylwards’ The Little Woman or Gene Kranz’s Failure is Not an Option, I find the ...more
Eleanor
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After going on a "Leprechaun" bender with friends, we really came to appreciate the relentless enthusiasm and commitment of Warwick Davis to his character, despite the absurdity and decreasing sanity of the franchise. I was vaguely aware that Davis had had a few other A-list movie roles and after discovering that he's been in all of my favorite movies, I couldn't *not* read his auto-biography!

And it was even better than I had expected. Mr. Davis' writers voice is kind, direct, unpretentious and
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Isis
An entertaining and occasionally insightful autobiography by Warwick Davis, the little actor who began his career at 11 as an Ewok and has most recently played both Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter movies. I'm not much of an actor-fan, and so his movie stories are not as interesting to me as his stories about the challenges (both physical and social) of being a person with dwarfism. (And one interesting thing is that he only uses that word once or twice, and "dwarf" only to mean Snow Wh ...more
Lorna
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Size Matters Not is the autobiography of successful, well-known UK actor Warwick Davis, better known as Willow from the film of the same name, and Wicket from Return of the Jedi.

As with most bios, their appeal largely depends on the interest in the person behind the pen, and in this case, having grown up watching Davis' films and having an interest in the lives of little people since seeing his mockumentary Life's Too Short, I was very keen to get stuck in.

What I found was a warm, absorbing, and
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Rachel Knuttel
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so lovely and wonderful! I hardly ever read non-fiction, but when I saw this at the library i had to grab it, if only because I knew Warwick Davis had been involved in the Harry Potter films. I got so much more than i expected though!

Warwick is hilarious, as well as a great storyteller. I was constantly laughing, occasionally crying, and always entertained by what I was reading. His life sounds so extraordinary, but he comes across as incredibly down to earth, which I love. Hearing anec
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Nanne
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read biographies but after thoroughly enjoying Warrick's BBC show 'Life's too short' I was intrigued. Warrick Davis is an actor everyone knows and noone has heard of, as a little person he often got cast in roles which required lots of make-up/costumes but he's been in so many great films and his life story is rather interesting.

The book gives an insight into Warrick's life and the author takes the reader along the path of his career and the extraordinary people he's met over the
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Patrick
A breezy, charming read - Warwick Davis' life has been extraordinary in many ways and wholly easy to relate to in others.

It is this juxtaposition between the eccentricity of his day job as an actor (in movies like "Return of the Jedi", "Willow", the "Harry Potter" series and his tv series "Life's Too Short") and the challenges presented by being a little person in a world not designed for his height which makes this memoir so diverting.

He's got a remarkable sense of humour (Davis has never met a
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Mark
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, film
A charming memoir from Warwick Davis, a “little person” who’s really made it big. From his birth (to normal sized parents, he suffers from a one-in-a-million genetic disorder called SED) through his starts in films (and where better to start than “Star Wars”) right up to the present day, Davis has an easy style that’s both funny (various size-related misadventures) and occasionally painfully sad - the very brief lives of his first two children, Lloyd and George. Whilst he appears to skirt around ...more
Aldi
An absolute delight to read. I knew ever since listening to his "Willow" commentary that Warwick is great at storytelling, and his autobiography did not fail to deliver the same endearing mix of entertainment value, genuine down-to-earth quality and thoughtfulness. He never misses a beat with the anecdotes he chooses to share, is screamingly funny, self-deprecating without coming over all fake-humble, and just sounds like an all-around awesome bloke. I laughed lots, and some of the more personal ...more
Maron Anrow
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was a fun book. I haven't read many autobiographies and generally don't consider them fun to read, so I was surprised by how engaging and amusing this book was. I read it in less than 24 hours and it made me laugh out loud more than once.

I first knew of Warwick Davis through Star Wars, and of course I've seen him in Harry Potter. I saw Willow once as a kid but it didn't do much for me. In any case, being somewhat familiar with Warwick Davis's work, I was interested in learning more about hi
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Corene
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful autobiography by British actor and little person, Warwick Davis. While he doesn't read the audio edition himself, the narrator does a lively job, and the story crackles with positivity throughout. Warwick considers himself very fortunate both in his career and personal life, and recounts many of the jobs he's had, starting with playing an Ewok. He has no snobbism about his work, rightfully proud to have been in the Harry Potter films, but with no regrets for starring in the low-budg ...more
CiCi
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have a bit of an obsession with Warwick Davis, as was evident at the Star Wars convention in 2010 when I nearly pushed a table onto him just to take a photo with him. Sorry not sorry! I really enjoyed reading his story because there aren't many little people actors who have written memoirs. Not only did we get a direct behind-the-scenes picture of the making of the Star Wars films, but also into how Hollywood and the film industry treats little people. I also enjoyed reading about his personal ...more
Casey Harris
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, this was really just a "for curiosity's sake" kind of book. I was browsing Kindle titles from my library, and this looked interesting. It actually was a lot of fun to read. Warwick has had a career ranging from Wicket in Return of the Jedi to parts in all of the Harry Potter movies, so he's had a lot to talk about. His refreshing outlook on his challenges with his size and the heartbreaking accounts of the two kids he and his wife tragically lost at birth are really a tremendous testament to ...more
Brian DiMattia
The stories are pretty interesting, but the writing is just "okay." It was nicely balanced between discussing his career and his private life, but every time it seemed like it was going to go deeper into a subject, like the fascinating acting challenges he had playing Marvin in "Hitchhikers," or what it's like acting and also running a talent agency he veers off into a slightly star-struck list of interesting actors he's worked with.

That having been said, I enjoyed his stories about amateur film
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Nik
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
This book was amazing! Rarely do I give 4 stars to a book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. No slow parts! I had forgotten much of what Warwick has been in media-wise and other things I had no idea. His experience of losing his first 2 children and almost losing his 4th was sad. His experiences growing up and getting to be in Jedi as Wicket at 11 years old sucked me right in. The after epilogue about the end of the Harry Potter movies was amazing. Basically, other than being British and a lit ...more
Thoraiya
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book, but I would have preferred a little more about normal home life. Maybe that wasn't possible, since Davis does mention that home, and privacy at home, is a very important family refuge.

But it was hard not to picture, during the writing of this autobiography, Daniel, Davis' best geek friend, standing next to his computer going, "Tell them about the time you were in Star Wars! Now Leprechaun! Now Willow! Don't forget Harry Potter! Or that thing with Ricky Gervais! OMG tel
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Aaron
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun. Brilliant. Warwick has been in so much stuff that I had forgotten. I usually do not read bios because they are boring. Esp bios of actors because they take themselves so seriously. Talking about their method of getting into the character, etc (yawn). If you are squeamish about name-dropping, beware. When writing a bio of an actor from such projects as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Willow, Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and more, there are going to be a lot of celeb references.

The book makes me
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Catherine
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved reading about the life and experiences of Warwick Davis. I love Willow and thought he was fantastic in that film.
I've thought how amazing it is to be the only major actor to play multiple roles in BOTH of the major film movements that are Star Wars and Harry Potter. I had no idea of all the other movies and projects in which Davis has been involved.
I also enjoyed hearing his positive voice throughout the book. He and his wife have had some very difficult life experiences, but
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Jennifer Wallis
3.5 stars. A fun, mostly light and dishy read. My favorite quote in the whole book was about Tom Cruise circa 1987, "Tom was without a doubt the number one star in Hollywood at the time (and the world's most successful little person)."

Lots of nice behind-the-scenes stories (and pictures) from Star Wars, Willow and Harry Potter. Mark Hamill apparently went out and bought all of the then available Star Wars merchandise for 11-year-old Warwick Davis while they were working on Return of the Jedi tog
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☺Trish
This was a wonderful book and quite a quick and humorous read. It read as if the reader was having a deep and meaningful conversation with Warwick Davis, himself . . . sit back and relax, have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit, while Warwick relates his life story. Warwick Davis' life, both personal and professional, has had many ups and downs (as most lives do) and he has navigated both with determination, intelligence, and an intact & invaluable sense of humor! I am definitely looking f ...more
Sheila
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!

I wanted this book for so long and even though I have met Warwick three times now, I didn't get his book until recently when I met him the third time.

He signed the book for me so I was hesitant about reading it but when I got home the first thing I did was crack open the first chapter.

It was worth the risk of getting it a little damaged to read the contents! I loved it and although it did make me cry, I was laughing the whole way through!

You will not be disappointed with this book es
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Starred in "Star Wars - The Return of the Jedi" as the Ewok Wicket, being only 11 years old. After a huge variety of acting roles (Willow, Harry Potter movies, Doctor Who,...) he wrote his autobiography.
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