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One of the bestselling memoirs of all time, David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon is an account of one of the most remarkable lives Hollywood has ever seen. Beginning with the tragic early loss of his aristocratic father, then regaling us with tales of school, army and wartime hi-jinx, Niven shows how, even as an unknown young man, he knew how to live the good life. But it is his astonishing stories of life in Hollywood and his accounts of working and partying with the legends of the silver screen - Lawrence Oliver, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward and dozens of others, while making some of the most acclaimed films of the last century - which turn David Niven's memoir into an outright masterpiece. An intimate, gossipy, heartfelt and above all charming account of life inside Hollywood's dream factory, The Moon is a Balloon is a classic to be read and enjoyed time and again.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140239249
ISBN-10: 0140239243
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » The almost always outspoken memoir of that suave - well what else could he be - blithe bon vivant from the time (101/2) when he was expelled from school for a not very funny practical joke. At 14, Niven met Nessie on the streets who brightened much of his early life - self-described as "an 'ore wiv an 'eart of fuckin' gold" who proved to be a very good friend to David and some of his friends at the school where he first found himself before going on to Sandhurst. A little Mayfair socializing, and Barbara Hutton, took him to New York for some of his greener salad days but he was to learn he really didn't belong, went on to Hollywood, and became the almost first unknown to be signed on a seven-year contract by Sam Goldwyn. There's his marriage to Primula with whom he was "wonderfully in love" and who died, falling down a cellar stairs; a second one which almost ended differently to a beautiful Swedish model; and in between E.E. Cummings' balloon is "filled with pretty people" - Noel Coward and lan Fleming, Norma Shearer and Vivien Leigh, the Bogarts, the Colmans, you name them and he does because they were part of his life. Lots of pink gin, and it all goes down and up very easily. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - David Niven

David Niven was born in London in 1910. He was one of Britain's best known actors and, in later years, a bestselling author - his autobiography, The Moon's A Balloon which was first published in 1971, sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Often remembered for playing the archetypal English gentleman, he made ninety films during a career that stretched over forty years. He died in 1983.

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