Anything for a Quiet Life: The Autobiography of Jack Hawkins with a Postscript by Doreen Hawkins (Jack Hawkins) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section. priced at just £4.00!
London: Elm Tree Books, 1973, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: In 1966, at the peak of his career, Jack Hawkins was struck down with cancer of the throat a cruel misfortune for a man who had justly earned a world-wide reputation for his acting and his unmistakeable voice. The cancer was operable, but to remove it was to remove the voice, irrevocably. Actor I might be, he has written, but even a voiceless life held far more than the silence of death.
The cancer was removed and he began to pick up the pieces of his career, learning to speak again through a hole in his throat. He continued to act, but now another man spoke for him.
For seven years he struggled courageously on. Then he heard that an American surgeon was working on a technique to fit people who had lost their vocal chords with an artificial voice box. He flew at once to New York for the operation that might restore his power of speech and, with it, his career. Sadly, it was not to be. Complications set in and, after a brave fight for life, Jack Hawkins surrendered.
Just weeks before, he had completed work on this, his autobiography, to which Mrs Doreen Hawkins has contributed a dramatic postscript, covering the last ten weeks of her husbands life. Jack Hawkins career takes in many major international film and stage productions. Among those he has included in Anything for a Quiet Life are a disaster-ridden production of Beau Geste, with Laurence Olivier; Journeys End in prohibition New York where I lost my viginity; Mandy, The Cruel Sea (Although I was supposed to look like a seasoned old sea dog, the fact is I have always suffered from sea sickness); The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia (in which he played General Allenby and drew criticism from the Generals family); and The League of Gentlemen (when he first had treatment for the throat that had plagued him sporadically throughout his career).
He has written about his children (from two marriages), and of his second wife Doreen, whose strength and support were so precious to him, particularly during his harrowing fight for life.
But now that fight is lost and, as Mrs. Hawkins writes in her postscript, Jack has found his quiet life. He leaves behind him a book that reflects his sincerity, humanity, integrity; it is also a tribute to a very brave man.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is a little tanned and spotted on the verso. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 180 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5½”.