Sub Title
The Nine Lives of Patience Collier
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<p><b>A vivid and compelling biography of Patience Collier – an actress whose career spanned a golden age of performance from the 1930s to the 1980s – and an overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century.</b></p><p>Though Patience Collier's name has faded from public consciousness since her death in 1987, it still conjures cool memories of iconic television and film from the 1970s and 1980s – <i>Sapphire and Steel</i>, <i>Who Pays the Ferryman</i>, <i>Fiddler on the Roof</i> and <i>The French Lieutenant's Woman</i>. Fearsome, eccentric and unpredictable, Patience Collier was an actress whose perfectionism shone through in her every performance, and who worked alongside many of the most celebrated actors and directors of her time.</p><p>Drawing on Collier's diaries, letters and photographs as well as interviews with those who worked with her, Vanessa Morton paints a portrait of a gifted and eccentric woman weaving her way through the twentieth century, and gives a panoramic overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century. Part social history, part cultural history, <i>The Performer's Tale</i> is a richly entertaining account of an actor's life and times.</p><p><b>'I never met Patience Collier. Now, having read Vanessa Morton's richly entertaining book, I feel as if I did' Michael Billington, former theatre critic of the <i>Guardian</i></b></p>

ISBN
9781800245167
Imprint
Apollo
Category
Non Fiction
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Pages
336
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<p>A biography of Patience Collier – an actress whose career spanned a golden age of performance from the 1930s to the 1980s – and an overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century.</p>

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'I never met Patience Collier. Now, having read Vanessa Morton's richly entertaining book, I feel as if I did'

Michael Billington, former theatre critic of the Guardian

'Valued friend ... Remarkable actress'

John Gielgud

'She had a tongue like a lash and a mind like a scythe – but I loved her brilliance, she was exceptional'

Joanna Lumley

'A fascinating biography resurrecting the career of Patience Collier'

i newspaper

'A joy to read (or listen to) ... Will raise a smile in dark times ... A highly entertaining book'

Norwich Evening News

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116 integrated colour
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ISBN
9781800245136
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eBook
Title
The Performer's Tale
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9781800245150
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Hardback
Title
The Performer's Tale
ISBN
9781800245167
Format
Trade Paperback
Title
The Performer's Tale
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<p>Biography of a fascinating woman whose career spanned the golden age of film and cinema and worked alongside many celebrated actors and directors.</p>

<p>Author researched extensive archives of diaries, letters and photographs.</p>

<p>Offers a cultural and social history of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century.</p>

<p>MARKET: Louis Barfe; Roger Lewis.</p>

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170
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240
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