Niven, David - The Moon's a Balloon , Reminiscences - ( Item 134773 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2010. Reprint. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. 8vo. Half blue buckram, over decorated cloth (design by Sheri Gee). B&w photos. Introduced by Philip French. Three-quarter bound in printed cloth. Set in Sabon with Clarendon display. 328 pages; frontispiece and 12 pages of black & white plates. 9 ½ x 6 ¼ ins. When first published in 1971, The Moon's A Balloon delighted readers around the world with its uproarious mixture of racy reminiscences and intimate portraits of show-business legends, and it shot to number one on the bestseller list. David Niven had spent thirty years at the heart of Hollywood's golden age, numbering Humphrey Bogart, Greta Garbo, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Frank Sinatra amongst his friends. No-one knew the glamorous lifestyle better than he, and no-one was a better or more charming raconteur - ever ready to adapt or appropriate a story to keep others laughing. This Folio edition contains a new introduction by film critic Philip French who has first-hand knowledge of how Niven's well-honed anecdotes became the stuff of legend both in the army and the film industry. The Folio Society has also been entrusted with new photographs from the family archives which are published here for the first time, including a photograph of David Niven on active war service. One of the funniest memoirs ever written, it remains Niven's wittiest, most memorable performance.
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