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In Search of My Father: A Portrait of Leslie Howard - Ronald Howard

London: William Kimber & Co., Ltd, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little sunned at the spine. Price Clipped. Light spotting to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Filmography;

From the cover: “When the loss of the plane bringing Leslie Howard home from Lisbon in 1943 was first announced, Anthony Asquith said: ‘If he is really lost, we have lost one of the greatest men in British films. People thought of Howard as a film star — but he was infinitely more than that; he was a brilliant technician. He had the art of the cinema at his finger tips. I have never worked with anyone more understanding, more courteous or more sincere. He was the best of colleagues, the best of friends’.

This was a fitting tribute to Leslie Howard as a great man of the cinema, the star of such famous films as Gone With the Wind, The First of the Few, Pimpernel Smith and many more. But what of his private life and the character of the whole man? In this remarkable book his son, Ronald Howard, sets out on a quest to discover and disclose the true nature of his supremely gifted and sensitive father, and in the course of doing so he describes with frankness and compassion the double life that he maintained with his wife and children on the one hand and on the other with his young assistant, Violette. How these relationships were sustained without disrupting his family is reflected most movingly in the unswerving devotion and understanding of Howard’s wife.

Ronald Howard pursues in detail the events surrounding his father’s mysterious death and vividly reconstructs what were to be his last days in Spain and Portugal. The vying theories as to why the civil plane was shot down by a squadron of Junkers 88 fighters are tested for plausibility, while the author himself sees the tragic incident as perhaps the fulfilment of a destiny. Leslie Howard’s mission had been a series of lectures on Hamlet, and did, perhaps, reality take over the words ‘the readiness is all’?”


Size: 9½" x 6". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 255 pages.
£31.00