Smasher: The Life of Sid James

Smasher: The Life of Sid James

Paperback

By (author) Robert Ross

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  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 197mm x 18mm | 217g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1907532161
  • ISBN 13: 9781907532160
  • Illustrations note: b&w plates
  • Sales rank: 526,676

Product description

Everyone thinks they know Sid James - the Carry On star and womaniser, who drank himself to death after the end of his affair with Barbara Windsor - but despite hundreds of scandalous newspaper exposes the real story of this complex actor has never been told. Now, this fascinating biography lays bare the life of British entertainment's most lovable rogue. Featuring never-before-published correspondence with Sid's friends, family and colleagues, and exclusive tales from his inner circle, Robert Ross shows how a Jewish boy from South Africa grew up to become the archetypal wise-cracking cockney, and explores the many facets of a man who was variously a war hero, serial seducer, inveterate gambler and comic icon.

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Robert Ross has been writing about and researching British entertainment history for more than a decade. He is the author of 15 books on British comedy, ranging from Monty Python to Benny Hill and the Carry On films. He regularly appears on TV and Radio and has hosted sell-out events at the National Film Theatre, interviewing The Goodies and the League of Gentlemen on stage, as well as attending the Edinburgh Festival and interviewing classic comedy stars like Terry Jones and Melvyn Hayes. He lives in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.