Nothing like a Dame

Despite being one of Yorks’ best loved GPs, Judi Dench’s father had a love of amateur dramatics, which was shared by her mother. It’s hardy surprising then that this little girl from York would end up one of Britain’s best loved actresses.

And Furthermore is not an autobiography but a chatty memoir of the experiences Judi Dench credits with her success as an actress of stage and screen. The much loved actress tells her story, in her own words, although written by John Miller, the author of the 1998 biography of Dench’s life, With a crack in her voice.

Much of Dench’s early life was spent on some of the most well-known stages in Britain, starring alongside many of the theatre’s most loved leading men – Roger Rees and Donald Sinden – and Michael Williams, whom she married in 1971. It was her on-screen relationship with Williams which made her a household name, in the sitcom, A Fine Romance.

Created a Dame in 1988, Dame Judi is possibly best known for her role as ‘M’ in the James Bond series of films, the first one she starred in being Goldeneye in 1995.

And furthermore is a humourous and detailed look back at how Dench remembers her glittering career and the part played by her family, friends, husband and fellow actors in her success. In her own words, Judi Dench manages to bring to life the greats of theatre and screen and gives an inside view of what it is like to be adored by many but just another human being to those around you. Littered with photos of Dench’s career and family, you are left with a complete picture of Dench as an actor, woman, daughter, mother and wife.

A true understanding of life as a star.

John Miller
Hachette Australia
RRP: $45.00

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