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I Love the Bones of You: My Life, My Family, My Father

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‘My father was an “ordinary man”, which of course means he was extraordinary. I aim to capture him and his impact on my life and career.’  - Christopher Eccleston

Drawing on his memories, Chris will describe a vivid life of growing up in a Salford, working-class household in the 1970s with his siblings, a loving mother, and the totemic figure of his hardworking, serious-minded and
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Published September 19th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio UK
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Ken
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully honest and raw account that delves into a part of Eccleston’s life I wasn’t aware of before, this book explores not only his acting life but the relationship between him and he’s father.

Admittedly I wanted to read this due to he’s brilliant portrayal as The Doctor, but I was soon reminded of some of his other great roles including Shallow Grave and Hillsborough.

But it’s the parts where Eccleston talks about his own metal health and eating disorders throughou
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Mel
I wasn't going to read this but Chris was doing a talk and a signing at the National Theatre so I got a copy. It was very interesting and I'm glad I read it. At the talk he mentioned he had a ghost writer which I found very off putting at first. It was all written first person and I wanted to know which bits were actually Chris and which were the writer filling in. I saw it as a transcription of an oral history and I would rather have had it as the raw oral history than the polished for consumer ...more
Emma
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great testament to Chris Eccleston’s life with huge credit to his Father. This book is a very interesting read and he writes with such honesty and love for his family, it’s beautiful. I very much enjoyed it and felt like we got to see the real Chris. He’s incredibly honest about his own shortcomings and very open about his own battles with anorexia and mental illness. He comes across as honest and direct with principles that he just won’t budge on. I found that very refreshing in today’s world ...more
Jennifer
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 9th-doctor
Honest, raw and emotional. Christopher Eccleston unfiltered and unafraid to adress tough topics
Iain Hepburn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As honest, uncompromising and at times brutally exposed memoir as you would expect from Eccleston, exploring his own psyche and his relationship to his life, class, mental health, home and family - and in particular his complex paternal ties. Intense and rewarding.
Anne
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved it, and it broke my heart. thank you, chris, for your honesty and this glimpse into your life!
Jai
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, read2019
a tough but fascinating exploration of class, masculinity, family, & interpreting society through art. (content warning for eating disorders, suicidality, institutionalization, unhealthy family dynamics, dementia, & period typical bigotry)
Hannah Vestal
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always said within the Doctor Who fandom that you never forget your first Doctor.


This is very true for me, as I started my journey with Doctor Who nearly a decade ago by watching Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. Since then I’ve seen him in a myriad of other roles, such as Thor: The Dark World, Othello, Cracker, and, most recently, Macbeth. I’ve always found him to be an interesting actor with interesting acting choices that made him stand out, so I was very eage
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sallanvaara
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
Perhaps should've chosen a different book to read on my way to my paternal grandmother's funeral, especially with the themes of memory loss related illness so prominent in the story... But then again perhaps not. I really enjoyed this book. I liked Eccleston's straightforward approach to discussing class, masculinity and familial relationships. Sometimes it got a bit repetitive and dragged on, but most of it was very engaging. Like most people whose main link to Eccleston is Doctor Who, I natura ...more
Mrs Doreen A Broomfield
Loved this book could understand how his life felt so well written his father Ronnie was and old fashioned father his mother Elsie was the cement that held the family together. I could relate to the book as I grew up with older parents. Dementia I can’t imagine how it must be not to know your son or your family so sad and what Chris went through no one would realise unless they read this book I really enjoyed listening to him telling his story thanks you Chris for allowing us into your life
Sharon
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Eccleston is one of my favourie actors.

The book about him and his work, his family, his health issues and his father's dementia. Very honest, humourous and sad parts. A very interesting and thought provoking read.

Loved him as Dr Who.
Ryan
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really moving and honest reflection on life as an actor, coming from a working class family, masculinity, mental illness, and most importantly his father and his relation to him through the years. Went in blind and was pleasantly surprised at how good this was, would absolutely recommend!
Frances
Definitely not your average 'Celeb Biography' - an honest, raw account, where the most interesting sections have nothing whatsoever to do with acting.
Bob Mccow
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An autobiography that comes straight from the heart.
June Mary Houlston
Good read

Brutally honest and emotional portrayal of father and son's relationship.

Enlightening re the struggle with Altzheimers & anorexia and mental illness.
Emma
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book. Christopher opens up about his mental health issues which is very brave and very moving. The book is a brilliant tribute to his dad and their relationship. Highly recommend.
Linda
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Laughed & cried, a lovely book.
Sheila
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very honest, well written but sometimes hard to read autobiography from this very intense actor.
Julia Roebuck
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth a read.
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