Author(s): John Coldstream
Dirk Bogarde was known as the star of more than sixty films and a critically acclaimed author. To a privileged few, however, he was also a prolific, stimulating and treasured correspondent. Bogarde was a secretive man, who destroyed many of his own papers and diaries. Fortunately, the recipients of his letters treasured them, enabling John Coldstream to bring together this fascinating collection of hitherto unpublished material. Bogarde's letters were invariably frank, gossipy, funny and often malicious. The joy of writing, particularly as he grew older and chose to live in France, was never far away. The letters display the qualities familiar to those who knew the private Bogarde: acute observation, laser-like intelligence, impatience with the foolish, compassion for the needy, a relish for the witty metaphor, and a catastrophic disdain for correct spelling and punctuation. Above all, to read his letters is to hear him talk, and no conversation with Dirk Bogarde was dull.
'A compelling read... these lovingly composed epistles offer up insights into an extraoridnary life as well as a slice of cinema history.' INDEPENDENT 'Outstanding...there isn't a dull paragraph in the book' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'This collection of letters shows him at his witty, waspish best... You'll dig Dirk.' SUNDAY MERCURY 'full of energetic misspellings and chaotic grammar that Coldstream has preserved... witty and catty, but also revealing..." DAILY TELEGRAPH 'wonderfully entertainnig' HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER
John Coldstream was on the staff of the SUNDAY and DAILY TELEGRAPH for 17 years starting on the 'Peterborough' column and then working as Deputy Literary Editor before becoming Literary Editor in 1992. His first book, DIRK BOGARDE: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY, was acclaimed on its publication in 2004.