I Love the Bones of You: My Father And The Making Of Me (Hardback)Christopher Eccleston (author)
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Throughout his stellar acting career Christopher Eccleston has always striven to represent the lives of the marginalised and oppressed and, in I Love the Bones of You, he movingly reveals the real-life inspiration behind his artistic choices. A raw, heartfelt tribute to his father and mentor, as well as a wider meditation on social class and the opportunities denied to the common man.
Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way - his father Ronnie. In I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory, mirroring and defining his own highs and lows, from stage and screen triumph to breakdown, anorexia, self-doubt, and a deep belief in the basic principles of access and equality denied to generations. The actor reveals how his background in Salford, and vision of a person, like millions, denied their true potential, shaped his desire to make drama forever entwined with the marginalised, the oppressed, and the outsider.
Movingly, and in scenes sadly familiar to increasing numbers, Eccleston also describes how the tightening grip of dementia on his father slowly blinded him to his son's existence, forcing a new and final chapter in their connection, and how `Ronnie Ecc' still walks alongside him today. Told with trademark honesty and openness, I Love The Bones Of You is a celebration of those on whom the spotlight so rarely shines, as told by a man who found his voice in its glare. A love letter to one man, and a paean to many.
'My father was an "ordinary man", which of course means he was extraordinary. I aim to capture him and his impact on my life and career.' - Christopher Eccleston
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm
'..charts the ups and downs of his stellar career, making no bones about the demands that staying at the top has placed on him.' - The Express
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“3 stars but see the caveat...”
It's well written and brutally honest but I struggled to become engaged with the book. It's more personal than professionally based and I'd hoped for more info about his acting career than appears.... More
Honest account of serious subjects, the kind of book it's really worth reading, actually nourishing your life and outlook.
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