Behind the Lens: My Life (Hardback)David Suchet (author)
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A stunning visual companion to the extraordinary career of David Suchet, Behind the Lens captures the sets, actors and dressing rooms that the iconic actor has known over the last fifty years. A suite of remarkably accomplished photographs, this sumptuous volume is also a powerful testament to the sawdust and stardust of theatre and film.
In the early days of my career, I didn't think I stood a hope in hell. Look at me: I'm short, stocky, slightly overweight, deep of voice, passionate, dark haired, olive skinned, hardly your typical Englishman. What chance did I have, going into the world of British theatre?
David Suchet has been a stalwart of British stage and screen for fifty years. From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Freud to Poirot, Edward Teller to Doctor Who, Harold Pinter to Terence Rattigan, Questions of Faith to Decline and Fall, right up to 2019's The Price, David has done it all. Throughout this spectacular career, David has never been without a camera, enabling him to vividly document his life in photographs. Seamlessly combining photo and memoir, Behind the Lens is the story of David's remarkable life, showcasing his wonderfully evocative photographs and accompanied by his insightful and engaging commentary.
In Behind the Lens, David discusses his London upbringing and love of the city, his Jewish roots and how they have influenced his career, the importance of his faith, how he really feels about fame, his love of photography and music, and his processes as an actor. He looks back on his fifty-year career, including reflections on how the industry has changed, his personal highs and lows, and how he wants to be remembered. And, of course, life after Poirot and why he's still grieving for the eccentric Belgian detective.
An autobiography with a difference, this is David Suchet as you've never seen him before - from behind the lens.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 1220 g
Dimensions: 252 x 196 x 24 mm
'Terrifically entertaining ... Behind the Lens sees the real David Suchet step forward at last' - Cole Moreton, The Mail on Sunday
'His career is fascinating, with tales of mortifying sex scenes and obsessive perfectionism. This unconventional book still shows us what makes this national treasure tick' - Sharon Wright, The Daily Mirror
'Most fascinating is his relationship with the Poirot role. This is a series of intense scenes from an extraordinary career. Though not a conventional autobiography, we learn what makes the national treasure tick' - The Daily Express