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Judges reward 'surprising, hilarious and wise' follow-up to British actor's first autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins

Rupert Everett has won this year's Sheridan Morley prize for his second autobiography, Vanished Years.

The memoir, which takes its title from Noël Coward's last poem, picks up the actor's story in the last decade with a generous helping of Proustian flashbacks en route. It's Everett's second memoir, following his 2006 publication Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, which detailed his rise to fame after starring in the film of Julian Mitchell's boarding school-set drama Another Country, at 25.

Everett, currently starring as Oscar Wilde in the West End production of David Hare's The Judas Kiss, has described the latest instalment "a middle-aged book" on account of its romantic nostalgia.

Published in September, Vanished Years was widely and lavishly praised in reviews, with the Guardian critic Talitha Stevenson describing it as "a tragical comical, »

- Matt Trueman

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