A delightfully comic and touchingly romantic interlude in which Colin Clark describes for the first time what happened between Marilyn Monroe and himself during the missing week in The Prince, the Showgirl and Me.
In 1956, fresh from Eton and Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (son of ‘Lord Clark of Civilisation’, brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble ‘gofer’ on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe.
Forty years on, his diary account was chosen as book of the year by Jilly Cooper, Joan Collins and others. But one week was missing. This is the story of that week, a delicious idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom. Her new husband Arthur Miller was away, and the coast was clear for Colin to introduce her to the pleasures of British life. How he ended up sharing her bed is a tale too rich to summarise!
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The Perfect Audiobook
I never want to listen to an audiobook NOT narrated by Eddie Redmayne ever again!
It's written so well, the language runs smoothly and the narration pulls you right in. I promise you, once you press play you won't want to stop until you finished the whole thing. And once you realize it's not even 4 hours of pure listening bliss you'll want to re-listen to it right away.
Eddie Redmayne narrates the audiobook with so much feeling and finesse, switching between different accents and acting the whole story out before your eyes only with the way he reads these words, it's a real pleasure to listen to it.
It's one of those audiobooks you'll want to sit down and actively listen to, not just let it play in the background while cooking dinner or working out.
Colin Clark wrote this book with so much heart and warmth he instantly has you falling in love with each person on their own and you'll want to know more about them - especially our star of the show, our dearest Lady, Miss Marilyn Monroe. Clark made me not only want to know more about her, watch every movie she ever appeared in but also appreciate her as a human being.
This combined with the genius narration of the audiobook made listening to it to an unforgettable experience for me. Definitely one of my favourite books and audiobooks now. Thank you, Mr Clark and thank you, Mr Redmayne!