This Much Is True

336 pages

English language

Published June 11, 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
978-1-5293-7989-1
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3 stars (6 reviews)

'There is no one on earth quite so wonderful' STEPHEN FRY

'As outrageously entertaining as you'd expect' Daily Express

BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury's Caramel Rabbit, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, MIRIAM MARGOLYES, OBE, is the nation's favourite (and naughtiest) treasure. Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story - and it's well worth the wait.

Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John as a teenager; why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she's ever had; and what happened next after Warren Beatty asked 'Do you fuck?'

From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to …

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reviewed This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes

Outrageously candid

4 stars

If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be: candid. Miriam doesn't hold back on anything in this tale of her hilarious life and career as an actor across films, TV, radio and more. It's a wonder it got past the lawyers at the publisher - though many of the stories are about people who have died and therefore can't sue. Nothing is off the cards, so this is not a book for the faint-hearted or prudish, but if you don't mind swearing, references to sex, discussions of topics such as sexism, antisemitism, politics and religion, you'll find this an entertaining ride. Basically this is like having a conversation with Miriam, with no filter and no opportunity for a panicking producer to hit the 'bleep' button.

Review - This Much is True

5 stars

Sometime around 2012 we were lucky enough to catch Miriam Margolyes performing Dickens' Women at Her Majesty's Theatre in Ballarat. A one person show, with pianist, written by Margolyes and Sonia Fraser, she commanded the stage, effortlessly shifting through 23 different characters, based on or inspired by 21 women and 2 men in Dickens' novels. An admirer of Dickens work, at no stage did the performance shirk from the less savoury aspects of his life, his obsession with youthful beauty, his "odd" relationships with sister-in-law, and, in Margolyes' own words from an interview in The Lumiere Reader in 2007 (accessible via the waybackmachine: web.archive.org/web/20080423234540/http://www.lumiere.net.nz/reader/item/1415):

"The characters are based on real women in Dickens’ life and where they parallel with his fictional characters. I love the contrast between the goodness of the prose and the badness of the man. His daughter once said ‘he was a very wicked man’ and no-one …

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