Niv : The Authorised Biography of David Niven

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For more than forty years, Niven portrayed on screen the impeccable values of a lost breed of English gentlemen - handsome, beautifully spoken, elegantly dressed, witty, with perfect manners and utterly charming. Niv, according to his friends, was much the same off-screen. Both men and women were enchanted by his charisma, humour and joie-de-vivre. In addition to winning an Oscar for Separate Tables (1958), Niven was a polished writer, and published two volumes of lighthearted autobiography: THE MOON'S A BALLOON (1972) and BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES (1975). Yet behind those twinkling eyes, Niv's life was punctuated by tragedy and he was often deeply unhappy. From the death of his father when Niven was five, to his mother's neglect and the stepfather he loathed, through to the death of his beloved first wife and his volatile and disturbing marriage to his second wife, Hjordis, tragedy and hardship were never far away. Graham Lord, using new material from Niven's private papers, manuscripts, unpublished stories and correspondence, has written a fresh, revealing, funny and poignant portrait of a brave and brilliant man.
Fully authorised by Niven's family and drawing from dozens of interviews with stars, from Lauren Bacall to Roger Moore and Sir John Mills, NIV: the Authorised Biography of David Niven is a fitting tribute to one of Hollywood's greatest heroes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 40mm | 762.05g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752853066
  • 9780752853062

About Graham Lord

Graham Lord is the bestselling biographer of James Herriot, Dick Francis and Jeffrey Bernard and, most recently, of Arthur Lowe, as well as eight novels, an autobiographical portrait of Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Ghosts of King Solomon's Mines) and several short stories.
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NIV was strictly embargoed until 22 September. The press date for NIV is 9thOctober. SERIAL Serial ran in MAIL ON SUNDAY & DAILY MAIL over 4 days - from 21-24 September. Second serial ran in THE WEEK on 27 September. The David Niven episode of HOLLYWOOD BRITS, featuring an interview with Graham Lord will be on CHANNEL 4 on 25 October at 8pm. MEDIA Graham will be in the UK from4-19 October and available for interviews. Niv has been credited in ESQUIRE magazine (August issue) in a feautre article about David Niven's life. Diary stories about the book have run in THE GUARDIAN (29 September) and THE DAILY MAIL (30 September). Graham has been interviewed about his book for a featureon BBC RADIO SCOTLAND ARTS SHOW which airs on 13 October. Confirmed RADIO interview with Graham include: BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE, BBC RADIO HUMBERSIDE, BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM, BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE, BBC RADIO JERSEY, BBC RADIO LEICESTER. EVENTS Graham Lord will be speaking at the CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL on 14th October, appearing with Piers Paul Read and John Miller.
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