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  • Wilfred Bramble - You dirty Old Man

    18 JUN. 2024 · Wilfrid Brambell was one of Britain’s most loved and complex character actors. As Albert Ladysmith Steptoe, the unscrupulous rag-and-bone man with questionable habits in Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s long-running Steptoe & Son, he quickly became a household name with co-star Harry H. Corbett. But despite scores of other successes in roles on stage, TV and film, Brambell died a sad and lonely man. This was a fascinating insight into a man who, sadly, was known by most people as just one character.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Dirty-Old-Man-Authorised/dp/1803993626/ref=sr_1_3?dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.H_ep63Nb92s_lUwfXa6wzpOurK2U7F8FsVaN46x1sx0OqpSDZ0mKG_ZZUwsXtxONY4UwdpdRu3parCmgSxNYb6iVsEdgPgC8aBswq1y8D-qMiYPXk9YCWu4KogYSfSlNJDIDG6yy3lIpLHSvbksYVF6Rv3lAqgI6kJ7Vt27Qe9vR9wu13CzE-JxApv7L3f6QtEZ85NmJdFQbpyxCrqYzj9AXzuvgDFJirhdzl7uH2PI.opzWDCEKyhDeDKwxpdrRykF_lTnYNYXom-SaKR4gL-8&dib_tag=se&keywords=you+dirty+old+man&qid=1718184314&sr=8-3 You Dirty Old Man! is the first definitive account of one of Britain’s most loved and complex character actors, Wilfrid Brambell. It uncovers a life that was far from happy and content as perhaps it should have been. Despite being one of the stars of Steptoeand Son, which at its peak attracted 28 million viewers and made household names of him and his co-star, Harry H. Corbett, Brambell died a sad, lonely man. Having become a prisoner of his own success, and battling an inner turmoil that eventually drove him to drink, author David Clayton reveals how Brambell suffered unbelievable personal heartache as his marriage collapsed in the most painful, deceitful circumstances imaginable. His torment led to a secretive life off camera where he did everything he could to stay out of the public eye, while continuing his upward trajectory to become one of the country’s most loved character actors. Featuring original interviews with film directors Richard Lester, Terence Davies, Richard Curtis and Tony Palmer, as well recollections from his own family members, the family of Harry H. Corbett and as those who worked alongside him in his numerous roles on stage, TV and film, You Dirty Old Man! seeks to restore the legacy of a man whose loyal fanbase remains undiminished sixty years on from his heyday. *Note: please do not worry about the cat in the background. He is deaf and cannot hear how loud he is.
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  • Jack and the Thames Torso Murders

    13 JUN. 2024 · A sensational new theory – and an insight into the late Victorian city through an intensively researched social history. Between May 1887 and February 1891, a succession of horrific murders shook Victorian London. During a reign of terror lasting nearly four years, numerous women were attacked. The police at the time believed the killings comprised two distinct sets – with two different killers. Several were attributed to the relatively unpublicised ‘Thames Torso’ series while the majority found their way into the Met’s ‘Whitechapel’ or Jack the Ripper file. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Thames-Torso-Murders-Ripper/dp/1445687763/ref=sr_1_2?crid=BH0S2VBVNTQI&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.9ZvJv32_hdXpD1ToKAFQCZ1oLefrZhZwqMousbSDaqsvKGkOBdjgblJ62cLWwrjnBPfuFb5ZWJBfJOyvDlW7zdYjmwMSXm5oXMPdAIm5kO1KOOx5vIVm059d0BGctxJDZXNhnKxW-HCuBjdmkCWplTsxWmw8HlkktIkAfnNnfipvLQAAlbG2vOMAXhkAy2NGYlVf9BF4freIlpl95rYUOTalql_Cmk43cKeIxNnouLs.Y6UhOr5Jj68rbN26FluxNNMXsmL3lC2WxCdqp9k2yvc&dib_tag=se&keywords=jack+the+ripper+and+the+thames+torso+murders&qid=1718186821&sprefix=jack+and+the+thames+torso%2Caps%2C536&sr=8-2
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  • REVIEW : Mary L. Trump - Too Much and Never Enough

    16 MAY. 2024 · Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in New York with Donald and his four siblings. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. As a first-hand witness and a trained clinical psychologist, Mary explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who occupied the Oval Office. Written by the only Trump willing to speak out, Too Much and Never Enough is a fascinating and unnerving analysis on one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families. Mary Trump’s insight and intimate familiarity means she alone can tell the truth on what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Much-Never-Enough-Dangerous-ebook/dp/B08B9LRX33/ref=sr_1_1?dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.T004S4aPlznkvi-v3LD8pFhzMMDw--rCYquGu5OvvomSU5Edh2MAjLUPCwK8X_JjepraxMFLak28rnoXXCTZwilZcKbRA3ziPD0m4qGyMC_JS_uZFGKJAFFuzNlt5wvVp4vEBJKI0OoeFq6jn6JkuNsKbsJQtUDev2lrSKVECAP37hiBmlV7Y5AqMvyX2hx9H1jVPytsa45VBNWXZWHtRKU8dt6lPveiq1vjb5AOUOk.JZUZs0gDUN1Vo5HHSLhj0gM7xvGPZ1_pv6jCGJIjbCQ&dib_tag=se&keywords=mary+trump&qid=1715599146&sr=8-1 https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30806110114&searchurl=ds%3D20%26kn%3DToo%2BMuch%2Band%2BNever%2BEnough%253A%2BHow%2BMy%2BFamily%2BCreated%2Bthe%2BWorld%2527s%2BMost%2BDangerous%2BMan%26sortby%3D17&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1
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