Speaking live on the Quarterhouse’s big screen from her home in Italy, Miriam Margolyes OBE is a very special finale to this year’s festival.
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, she 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.
“If there is a silver lining to last year's lockdown, it's the fact that Miriam Margolyes finally had time to write her life story...invigoratingly outspoken... gloriously shocking... and captures her force-of-nature personality. Buckle up, you're in for a wild ride.”
-Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Mirror
“Wickedly honest . . . When I was reading this book on a train, a stranger asked if I was OK because I was crying with laughter.”
-Hadley Freeman, Guardian