Recommended by Maggie Millar
If Rupert Everett ever gets tired of acting, he can take up writing full time because this book is seriously good.
A follow up to his riotously funny and honest autobiography ‘Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins’, Vanished Years sees Everett continue to dish the dirt as he recounts his disastrous appearance on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ and his attempt to boost his flagging post-Madonna Hollywood career by creating a cringe-worthy drama pilot for primetime American TV.
Like Oscar Wilde , Everett’s writing style is urbane and seductive and his memoirs are awash with camp humour, bitchy one-liners and laugh out loud moments - in one chapter he finds himself naked in a Berlin bar only to find, when he’s trying to leave, that the cloakroom attendant has managed to lose his clothes.
But Vanished Years is also subtle and poignant, especially when Everett examines his relationship with his dying father. whom he accompanies on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
A genuinely moving book, Everett should write another one.