A Postillion Struck by Lightning
Dirk Bogarde's own vivid and engaging account of his childhood and first steps as an actor - a bestseller on first publication in 1977.'At the top of the field the cottage roof stuck up with its chimney, and then the flint walls and the two rather surprised looking windows in the gable looking down to the farm. Round the cottage was a rickety wooden fence with bits of wire and an old bedstead stuck in it, and some apple trees and the privy with its roof of ivy and honeysuckle'A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING marked Dirk Bogarde's transition from star of stage and screen to a bestselling and internationally acclaimed author.This vivid and engaging memoir traces the first steps of Dirk Bogarde as a young actor before he became world famous as well as his childhood amidst the enchanting beauty of rural Sussex. Here is the delightful harmony of summer days spent fishing with his young sister, a hunt for an escaped tortoise, the discovery of the biggest mushroom in the world, and the quest to win a pet canary at the local fair. Then came the plays he and sister used to put on in their barn, followed by the local amateur dramatic society, all a prelude to his growing desire to join the world of the stage.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 128 x 196 x 24mm | 299.37g
- 07 May 2009
- Orion Publishing Co
- WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
- London, United Kingdom
'This engaging memoir tells of Bogarde's childhood amidst the enchanting beauty of rural Sussex...followed by his forays on to the stage with the local amateur dramatic society...and his experiences as a young actor before he became world-famous.' -- Charles Osborne THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Who knew that Dirk Bogarde was such a good writer? ... Full of surprises.' HAM & HIGH
About Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde was one of Britain's most distinguished and successful actors. With films such as Death in Venice, Accident, The Night Porter and A Bridge too far, he established an international reputation. But he also wrote several bestselling memoirs and novels of which Postillion was the first. He died in 1999.