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A Spectacle of Dust: The Autobiography

Pete Postlethwaite

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Biography: arts & entertainment, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

Vibrant and candid memoirs of the late, great British character actor, Pete Postlethwaite.

Pete Postlethwaite is one of the best-loved and widely admired performers on stage, TV (Sharpe, The Sins) and in cinema.

In THE ART OF DISCWORLD, Terry Pratchett said that he had always imagined Sam Vimes as 'a younger, slightly bulkier version of Pete Postlethwaite', while Steven Spielberg called him 'the best actor in the world', about which Postlethwaite said: 'I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, the thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.'

This is the story of a diverse and multi-talented actor's eventful life, told in his own candid and vibrant words.

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Praise for A Spectacle of Dust: The Autobiography

  • It is an extrovert, tender, charming and unselfconscious book, with some extraordinary, hell-raising and hair-raising anecdotes. - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

  • The closing chapter is deeply wrenching, with Postlethwaite distributing the last of his love, time and energy among family and friends who surround him. - Ryan Gilbey, Evening Standard

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Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite was born in Warrington in 1945. At the age of 24 he trained at the Bristol Old Vic, beginning a distinguished career on stage and screen. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Giuseppe Conlon in The Name of the Father (1993), and became one of Hollywood's A-list stars through his leading role in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. He was made an OBE in the 2004 New Year's Honours List, and was well known for his support of libertarian politics. He died in January 2011, aged 64.

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