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The first volume of Anjelica Huston's memoirs is compelling, thoughtful, starry reading

As the third generation of one of Hollywood's most famous dynasties, you'd expect Anjelica Huston's memoir to be rich in stories from the golden days of cinema, but what's particularly enjoyable about her story is the rhapsodic way that she beautifully describes that bygone world. Her director father John dominates much of the book, as she describes her childhood in shabby splendour on the west coast of Ireland, where the likes of John Steinbeck ("I loved him… he was kind and generous and treated me as an equal") and Peter O'Toole were dinner guests, and where life consisted of hunting, adventuring and elaborately staged amateur dramatics, although the young Anjelica loathed the experience at the time.

As the story moves first to 1960s London, and then to New York, and she tells the story of her »

- Alexander Larman

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