Rupert Everett's memoir, Vanished Years, is our May Non-Fiction Book of the Month

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Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month, VANISHED YEARS, is written by a famous actor but is in no way comparable to the average celebrity memoir. A darkly comic collection of snapshots from Rupert Everett's tumultuous life, the book is like a throwback to the age of Evelyn Waugh or David Niven. Everett's writing is exactly how you imagine his company: urbane, seductive, exuberant, rude, unedited. It is a colloquial, immediate voice, and he writes very well, deftly mixing superficial gossip and profound, reflective moments in the same sentence. Like his previous, highly-acclaimed bestseller, Red Carpet and Other Banana Skins, the book is stuffed with anecdotes that skewer the fashion/showbiz worlds with droll wit. His escape from Alan Sugar and the Apprentice team is franticly funny. There are plenty of debauched parties, lurid clubs and famous faces behaving badly. But this time Everett is more thoughtful about the past, how we remember our lives and those who played a starring role. There are moving chapters on the deaths of Natasha Richardson and Isabella Blow, and a poignant trip to Lourdes. As the Guardian put it, it is 'a tragical, comical, ironical Broadway-hit-show of a life', told with great panache and fearlessness.

Little Brown have 50 copies to give to Mumsnetters - to claim yours please go to the book of the month page. We'll post here when all the copies have gone. If you're not lucky enough to bag one of the free books, you can always get your paperback or Kindle version here.

Once you've got your copy, please come and discuss the book here throughout the month - looking forward to seeing what you all think...

TheConstantLurker Sat 18-May-13 11:17:56

I've signed up for a copy even though the deadline has past. Fingers crossed.
I read his first bit of autobiography and found it very entertaining but came away feeling rather melancholy as there were very few references to meaningful relationships. People who he had been having relationships with for years were written off in single sentences with no sign of any emotion.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 20-May-13 16:26:57

Hey all, the giveaway is now closed and we'll be sending over the details of the 50 who've been allocated books later today and as soon as we've heard from Little,Brown that the books have been sent out, we'll email to let you know. Enjoy ! And don't forget to come back and let us know what you think.

I'm still going back to my copy and re-reading chapters, it is SUCH a peculiarly extraordinary life. And extraordinary outlook.

Busy writing about next months book at the moment, but will be back to discuss in more detail - can't wait to hear what everyone thinks.

Willemdefoeismine Fri 24-May-13 08:21:52

I am sooooo looking forward to reading this. Rupert Everett was always one of my 'pashes' as a teenager. Can anyone seriously out-beauty him as he was in Another Country???

I have met him and saw him in a rather infamous production with Maria Aitken in the late 80s. He was rather more moody in those days, methinks. I think he is someone who has mellowed with age for sure. He has gone from being a primadonna to very much a product of his class. Now he looks more like a distinguished ex-naval captain than the brooding, luscious adonis of his youth - just as handsome though!

He is artfully intelligent and writes in a style that is very entertaining to read! So I will be avidly reading this one as soon as it drops thro' the letterbox.

gringrin

NicknameTaken Fri 24-May-13 09:52:19

Nearly finished my copy. Well-written, but I haven't found it funny at all - much more melancholy, despite the witty flourishes. He sees the skull beneath the skin.

I was not expecting the tender portrayal of Lourdes. His trip to Cambodia as UN Goodwill Ambassador is very moving.

I enjoyed the picture of a life less ordinary, escaping the humdrum everyday round for a life of parties, travel and sex with strangers. You get the hear the banter between hysterical star and calming dresser while waiting to go on in a Broadway play.

Worth reading, yes, but certainly not a laugh a minute.

Southeastdweller Sun 26-May-13 10:03:29

I'm dying to read this. Hope my copy comes next week.

johnworf Thu 30-May-13 22:07:27

I still haven't received mine. Has everyone got theirs already?

Southeastdweller Fri 31-May-13 06:59:17

I'm also still waiting.

Nehru Fri 31-May-13 07:01:33

I LOATHE this man. Plus he was once amazingly rude to a journalist mate of mine, a real hardened pro who he managed to reduce to tears (privately afterwards ) by being sullen and uncooperative.

I will not be reading this book.

Corygal Fri 31-May-13 19:59:27

I've had nowt. And I am frothing for mine, I can't wait.

Might watch my free dvd of Another Country for research purposes, hem.
With vital scholarly accompaniments of fizz and truffles.

PricklyPickle Fri 31-May-13 20:38:19

StIll waiting for mine too sad

Has anyone received their free copy yet? If so, could you quickly post here. And if not, I will start chasing...

Nickname taken, I agree about the melancholy, especially when the book closes with that poignant last chapter on his father. The overall feeling is quite macabre, I think that is what lifted it above the usual celeb stuff for me. And definitely higher quality of writing. But certain parts did very much lighten the mood, especially when he's involved in anything disastrous, like the Mr Ambassador series. I laughed at his take on Hollywood and the people in it. I like the fact he's an insider and an outsider at the same time.

TheConstantLurker Tue 04-Jun-13 14:31:40

My copy has not arrived yet. I replied to the email from Laura@mumsnet to say so.

Change2013 Tue 04-Jun-13 16:55:12

Still waiting for mine too. Can't wait to read it.

Corygal Wed 05-Jun-13 16:39:41

Come on Rupes!

Babbletalk Thu 06-Jun-13 11:07:02

I was thrilled to hear I'd managed to get one of the free copies of this book. However, it still hasn't arrived. anyone else with this problem?

Babbletalk Thu 06-Jun-13 11:09:15

Sorry, for my last post! just read the previous messages and it looks like others are in the same boat. Think its time for a coffee to wake myself up!!.

Haven't had my copy either. Had an email from Laura to say the publishers have got into a bit of a mess so will hopefully be with us soon!

Spoken to pubishers, and copies should have been in the post on Thurs/Friday - let me know when you've received one...

My copy arrived yesterday! I have enjoyed the first chapter...and will post more idc.

Thanks!

Corygal Tue 11-Jun-13 16:19:17

I've got mine! Time to turn off the phone, fail to send work in, leave kids and cat unfed, and even go off MN - I may be some time...

Babbletalk Tue 11-Jun-13 16:29:41

I got mine today. looking forward to getting into it. Thank you.

Southeastdweller Tue 11-Jun-13 22:01:32

Still haven't recieved mine but as nobody was home today, I had a card from DPD couriers saying a parcel is ready to collect so I'm hoping this is it!

Willemdefoeismine Wed 12-Jun-13 09:59:53

Well I've started my copy (a huge thank-you) and enjoying it immensely even though I'm supposed to be finishing my Book Club read first hmm. I love his writing style - he comes across as being very clever and has a good satirical way with words....

I love the opening chapter with him coming across Anita Pallenberg searching out prescription drugs....he has had an extraordinarily amazing life....

And grin for mistaking Alan Sugar for Sid James - that assuredly puts the former in his place. But rather arrogant - that rather snooty "not our class" approach.....

TheConstantLurker Wed 12-Jun-13 10:55:49

Got mine a few days ago and have even started reading it. Good start and very funny chapter on The Apprentice.

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