This Much is True by Miriam Margoyles #BookReview #JohnMurrayPress #4*

BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury’s Caramel Rabbit, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, MIRIAM MARGOLYES, OBE, is the nation’s favourite (and naughtiest) treasure.

Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story – and it’s well worth the wait.

Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John as a teenager; why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she’s ever had; and what happened next after Warren Beatty asked ‘Do you fuck?’

From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to be quiet by the Queen, this book is packed with brilliant, hilarious stories.

With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, a cross-dressing Leonardo di Caprio to Isaiah Berlin, This Much Is True is as warm and honest, as full of life and surprises, as its inimitable author.

Unfailingly Honest!

I’ve been really looking forward to reading this, and it didn’t disappoint!

Miriam Margoyles has done so much more in her life than ever I realised and this book is full of memories and recollections. It’s very clear that she loved her parents and has kept life-long friends since her schooldays. I recently watched her on a tour of Scotland with Alan Cumming and immediately pushed this book further up my list.

Miriam does rather revel in being outspoken; I admire her for speaking out about a lot of things but, at times, she really needs a filter. I admit to agreeing with some – but not all – of her views, but I would always support her ability to speak out honestly, especially about things which really matter in today’s world.. One thing really annoyed me: she continually refers to ‘England’ when in fact she is talking about Britain, or the United Kingdom. As a Scot, this is a continual irritation and I image it’s the same for the Welsh and Northern Irish. As her father was Scottish, I would expect better. However, she is to be commended for is her unfailing honesty, even when it shows her in a poor light. An entertaining read but one which, perhaps, leaves me just a little less fond of Miriam Margoyles. For me, 4*.

I purchased this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: autobiography

Author Details

Born in Oxford, England in 1941 & educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, MIRIAM MARGOLYES is an award-winning veteran of the stage and screen, and an internationally acclaimed voice-artist. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award for The Age of Innocence, she received an OBE in 2002 for Services to Drama. This Much is True is her long-awaited autobiography.

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