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Hellraisers

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March 2009 Book of the Month.

It’s a total cliché to say it but they don’t make ‘em like these guys anymore! Four of this nations most talented, respected and admired actors who could also knock back the booze like nobody’s business. This book chronicles some of their most outrageous behaviour; sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious and some times just downright lunacy…and yet the public still loved them, one and all. Not that we advocate this kind of behaviour at Lovereading (!), but this is a fantastic book about four men who partied hard and seemed to have a whale of a time!

Synopsis

Hellraisers by Robert Sellers

'God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell.' Richard Burton

'I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties.' Richard Harris

'Booze is the most outrageous of all drugs, which is why I chose it.' Peter O'Toole

'I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave.' Oliver Reed

This is the story of four of the greatest thespian boozers who ever walked - or staggered - off a film set into a pub. It's a story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, drugs, riots and wanton sexual conquests. They got away with it because of their extraordinary acting talent and because the public loved them. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.

Reviews

A rollicking read * Sunday Express * Sellers
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-dropping account of their twisted, tortured, politically incorrect lives * Daily Record * Robert Sellers gleefully follows the seedy lives of the four liver-abusing actors as they drink, brawl and shag their way through the decades into eventual oblivion * Metro * The best book we've ever read involving binge drinking, botched stage entrances, Hollywood floozies and British movie stars . . . Sometimes the form of a piece so perfectly fits its content you can actually hear the angels of accordance purr. Such is the case with Hellraisers . . . The sprightly smash 'n dash of the prose so wonderfully captures the wanton belligerence of both bingeing and stardom you almost feel the guys themselves are telling the tales * GQ * Unputdownable ... Sports book of the half-century, you might even say -- Frank Keating * Guardian *


About the Author

Robert Sellers is a former stand-up comedian and the author of biographies of Sting, Tom Cruise, two appreciations of the work of Sean Connery and the definitive book on The Pythons: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Robert was a regular contributor to Empire, Total Film, The Independent, SFX and Cinema Retro and has contributed to a number of television documentaries, including Channel 4's The 100 Best Family Films.

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Publication date

19th February 2009

Author

Robert Sellers

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Publisher

Preface Publishing

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
Books for the Boys
eBook Favourites

Biography: arts & entertainment
Individual actors & performers
Films, cinema

ISBN

9781848090187

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