As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of himself, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more- a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films. Grace Kelly, Carey Grant and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style, and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds.
Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2 Apr 2015
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 20.4(H) x 14.2(L) x 2.8(W)
Weight (gm): 396
Reviews"Superb, insightful short life... Deft and moving" -- Bee Wilson The Guardian "Irresistible" -- Louise Jury The Independent "An elegant and hugely enjoyable read" -- Alexander Larman Sunday Express "[A] nutritious, compact and superb critical biography" -- Roger Lewis Daily Mail "Shelves of serious biographies have been written on Alfred Hitchcock, but perhaps none as pleasurable as Peter Ackroyd's" -- Kate Muir The Times