Memoir from a much-loved film and TV star that really is the new The Moon's a Balloon
Urbane. Brilliant. Brave. Funny. Famous. Handsome. Nigel Havers is the real-life charmer you might expect.
In a career that has taken him from a schoolboy production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to the red carpet on Oscar Night with Chariots of Fire, via starring roles in the West End stage, classic television series like Don't Wait Up and a cameo in Little Britain, the Hollywood blockbusters that made him a household name are only the beginning.
With characteristic modesty and a captivating eye for the absurd, he treats us to the highlights and lowlights of a life like no other; a life in which chilling reality (watching his father Michael - later the Attorney General - begin his prosecution of the Yorkshire Ripper) and beguiling fantasy (sleeping with 'Elizabeth Taylor') continuously and arrestingly collide.
This is a devil-may-care, extremely endearing book with not a luvvie line in it. "Absolute bollocks. Total fun." - Sunday Times
Havers could charm the knickers off a nun. Wonderfully aristocratic-looking, a great raconteur... he comes across as the sort of man you would kill to have dinner with - Daily Mail
PLAYING WITH FIRE is a highly amusing read, self-deprecating, surprisingly well-written and it zips along at a rate of knots - Scotsman magazine
The distinguished British actor Nigel Havers, has played many roles in theatre, film and TV. From Chariots of Fire, A Passage to India and Empire of the Sun to TV dramas such as Upstairs, Downstairs and Look Back in Darkness. In the 1980s he headlined the BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up and went on to work in BBC dramas such as Dangerfield and Murder In Mind. More recently he returned to comedy with Manchild and guest-starring role in Little Britain. He was married to his wife Polly for 15 years, before her death in 2004. Nigel's father was Lord Havers QC, a Conservative MP, who was also an Attorney General and Lord Chancellor.