Falling Stars

Alan Coren

  • Richard Burton by Paul Ferris
    Weidenfeld, 212 pp, £7.95, September 1981, ISBN 0 297 77966 4
  • Peter Sellers by Alexander Walker
    Weidenfeld, 240 pp, £7.95, September 1981, ISBN 0 297 77965 6

It is not easy to determine which is the better book. Richard Burton was printed by Butler and Tanner Limited, Peter Sellers by the Fakenham Press, and since the one establishment is in Somerset and the other in Norfolk, it is fair to absolve both of them from the sort of catchpenny opportunist hustling which these days has the publishing world of London by the throat. They are merely carrying out orders; they do not know what is going on.

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