One of our best-known journalists and broadcasters, renowned for his laconic wit and opinionated ideas, now looks back at his fascinating life. Barry Norman fronted the seminal BBC film programme since FILM 72 and many mourned the moment he decided to leave. For nearly 30 years he established himself as the authority on film and has become the funniest, most iconoclastic and astute reviewer we know. During that time he met and fraternised with the cinematic greats - stars, directors and producers - and he now tells all in an honest, clever and humorous insider's look at the world of journalism, broadcasting and film. Barry's autobiography promises offbeat encounters with the likes of Sir David English, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Olivier, Peter Sellers, Madonna, Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, John Wayne, Rupert Murdoch and many more. With his parents working in film, Barry Norman was no stranger to the starry circles.
From his childhood and early days as a journalist to his retirement from the BBC, and with forty years of the most fabulous anecdotes to be told both from the worlds of journalism and cinema, this is a witty and intelligently written story of a fascinating life.
BARRY NORMAN is best known for fronting the BBC's seminal FILM programme. He has worked as a show business editor for the DAILY MAIL, a satirical columnist for the GUARDIAN, a sports interviewer for the OBSERVER and has written for THE TIMES and the RADIO TIMES amongst others. Barry was awarded the BAFTA's Richard Dimbleby Award in 1980, Magazine Columnist of the Year in 1990 and a CBE in 1998. He is married to the historical novelist Diana Norman, has two daughters and is a passionate cricketer.