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The Performer's Tale
01 Feb 2024 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £9.99 * 9781800245167

A biography of Patience Collier – an actress whose career spanned a golden age of performance from the 1930s to the 1980s – and an overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century.

Non Fiction / BGF (Biography)
Extent: 336 pages  Format: 240 x 170 mm Illus: 116 integrated colour
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The Performer's Tale: The Nine Lives of Patience Collierby Vanessa Morton

A vivid and compelling biography of Patience Collier – an actress whose career spanned a golden age of performance from the 1930s to the 1980s – and an overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century.

Though Patience Collier's name has faded from public consciousness since her death in 1987, it still conjures cool memories of iconic television and film from the 1970s and 1980s – Sapphire and Steel, Who Pays the Ferryman, Fiddler on the Roof and The French Lieutenant's Woman. Fearsome, eccentric and unpredictable, Patience Collier was an actress whose perfectionism shone through in her every performance, and who worked alongside many of the most celebrated actors and directors of her time.

Drawing on Collier's diaries, letters and photographs as well as interviews with those who worked with her, Vanessa Morton paints a portrait of a gifted and eccentric woman weaving her way through the twentieth century, and gives a panoramic overview of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century. Part social history, part cultural history, The Performer's Tale is a richly entertaining account of an actor's life and times.

'I never met Patience Collier. Now, having read Vanessa Morton's richly entertaining book, I feel as if I did' Michael Billington, former theatre critic of the Guardian

 
Vanessa Morton is a graduate of the Life-Writing MA, part of the celebrated Creative Writing school at the University of East Anglia. She won the Lorna Sage Memorial Prize and a distinction for her achivement there in 2010. She has a doctorate in social history, and has taught literature and social history at the University of Colorado, the Open University and UEA. Her first book, Travelling Towards War, was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards in 2012. She lives in Norwich.

Biography of a fascinating woman whose career spanned the golden age of film and cinema and worked alongside many celebrated actors and directors.

Author researched extensive archives of diaries, letters and photographs.

Offers a cultural and social history of theatre, film, TV and radio in Britain over half a century.

MARKET: Louis Barfe; Roger Lewis.


'I never met Patience Collier. Now, having read Vanessa Morton's richly entertaining book, I feel as if I did' Michael Billington, former theatre critic of the Guardian

Valued friend... Remarkable actress' John Gielgud

'She had a tongue like a lash and a mind like a scythe – but I loved her brilliance, she was exceptional' Joanna Lumley

'A fascinating biography resurrecting the career of Patience Collier' i newspaper

A joy to read (or listen to)... Will raise a smile in dark times... A highly entertaining book' Norwich Evening News

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