More Than Just A Good Life: The Authorised Biography of Richard Briers (Paperback)
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More Than Just A Good Life: The Authorised Biography of Richard Briers (Paperback)

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Published: 12/09/2019
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'A great celebration of one of our most loved national treasures' Felicity Kendal
The term 'national treasure' has seldom been more appropriate. Richard Briers was not only the nation's favourite next-door neighbour thanks to his work in the iconic BBC sitcom The Good Life, he was an actor you felt like you really knew, despite having only seen him on stage or screen.

While his role as Tom Good might be considered the pinnacle of Richard's sixty-year career, it sits atop a mountain of roles that combined represent one of the most productive and varied careers in British entertainment history. Indeed, Richard's television work alone makes up a not insignificant portion of our country's best endeavours on the small screen, from Jackanory and the anarchic Roobarb and Custard through to Dr Who, Inspector Morse, Ever Decreasing Circles, Extras, and the long-running comedy drama, Monarch of the Glen.

On the big screen Richard appeared alongside Raquel Welch, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Kathy Bates and Michael Keaton, and he even taught Keanu Reeves how to act like Sir Henry Irving.

But it was on the stage where Richard felt most at home as, in addition to testing him as an actor, it would often satisfy his passion for taking risks. Appearances in the West End were often interspersed with pantomime seasons or a world tour playing King Lear alongside Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. He was, as he always described himself, 'just a jobbing actor'.

Anecdote-rich, this revealing but celebratory book will also lift the lid on the stories behind the shows, films and plays that made up this extraordinarily prolific career, not to mention Richard's working and personal relationships with many of his best-known collaborators and co-stars.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472129239
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 196 x 124 x 30 mm


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A charming biography of Richard Briers, spotlighting the rich diversity of the much-loved actor's career - Choice

This lively biography reveals a modest, self-deprecating and likeable person - Irish Times

Packed with anecdotes - Reader's Digest

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“A wonderful tribute to a wonderful actor”

The other reviewer on this site has obviously taken a vow of misery and, from what I can gather generally, is a lone voice. A couple of tiny mistakes notwithstanding (who honestly cares?), this is a comprehensive,... More

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“A Hugely Engaging Read.”

Richard Briers has always been one of my favourite actors and when I heard there was a biography on the way I was thrilled to bits. Fortunately the finished product does both the man and his career justice and... More

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“Easy read but”

Spoilt for me by the fact the author needs to watch the subject's work if he is going to make reference to specific episodes of shows. On pages 212 and 213 he has mixed The Windbreak War and the Xmas Special,... More

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