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Summary

A Short Walk from Harrods is the sixth volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography. In it, he pays tribute to the corner of Provence that was his home for over two decades, analyzes his sense of loss at 67 after the death of his life partner, and discusses coming to terms with living alone in London.

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Seriously underrated writer!

Dirk writes beautifully and his delivery is faultless. His beautiful "cut glass" English accent and the warm tones of his fluent French are a joy to hear. The book focusses upon his 20 plus years living an idyllic life in the south of France, his disdain for fame and its trappings and the touching illness and eventual death of his long term companion. I found the book to be transporting, funny and very moving. My only slight criticism is the way the book tends to jump about a bit, but I enjoyed every second of it and I wasn't ready for it the book to end.

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Sweetly Nostalgic

This is the last of (I think) seven volumes of autobiography, written by the late Dirk Bogarde and this edition, narrated by the author, is a sweetly nostalgic account of his years in Provence at Le Pigonnier, where he lived with his partner (or euphemistically named 'manager') Tony Forewood, before illness and infirmity forced their return to England.
Bogarde's presence as an actor was always commanding and his beautiful voice makes this a very enjoyable and satisfying listen. His writing is precise and atmospheric and the descriptions of the Provencal countryside and the characters who live there are delightful. The deep love he felt for 'Tote' is made delicately but deeply obvious and the account of the death of his partner from cancer is handled with great sensitivity. I was totally captivated by this book and will listen to it many times with pleasure. I'm only sorry that DB only seems to have made one recording, but I do recommend you read the other volumes in print. They chronicle an extraordinary life, a distinguished acting career and a gentler time with outstanding literary talent and astonishing artistry.

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  • j stockton
  • stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom
  • 26-10-12

Buy this book!

If you buy any of Dirk Bogarde's books, it has to be the one! Easily the best audio book I've listened to. So poignant. Sad, joyful,loving, occasionally funny and definitely moving. Written and read by the author so every subtle nuance is captured by the actors voice.His character studios are brilliant. He brings the hills and characters of Provence and the streets of london lovingly to life. Treat yourself.

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  • Ken
  • Gomshall, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 04-03-11

Superb

This is probably the best audio book that I have ever listened to. It is very funny in some parts, and incredibly sad in others, if you like Provence it is a must have. Bogarde takes the listener right into the hills behind Cannes, you can almost feel the heat! He paints a picture of the region that will stay with you forever. I won't spoil the experience by telling you more, but I strongly recommend it.

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Sublime

I've read every book by Dirk Bogarde, and have a few of the original edited cassette tapes of him reading, but hearing this unedited version of arguably his best memoir is an absolute pleasure. Highly recommended

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Truly entertaining

Interesting and addictive a real insight to his private life… how the other half lives.

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AMAZING

If you could sum up A Short Walk from Harrods in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely held me

What other book might you compare A Short Walk from Harrods to, and why?

Great Meadow by Dirk Bogarde

What about Dirk Bogarde’s performance did you like?

Dirk's performance was, as usual, outstanding.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Experience the idyllic, sunshine, lifestyle of Dirk Bogarde and his close friend in the South of France, meet the many famous film stars, producers and directors, and then 20 years later, the sadness, and harsh reality of returning to a grey looking London with his dying friend in order to get him into hospital and to find a suitable place for them to live.

Any additional comments?

Dirk Bogarde had a wonderful knack of getting you right there; it's as though you personally were part of his story ..... not only was he a wonderful writer, but his narration was incomparable.

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A surprising Jewel of a book

I vaguely knew who Dirk Bogarde, as an actor. Didn't know he could write let alone write well. It was the reviews that drew me to listen to the book. Plus I thought if I don't like it I will return it and it won't cost anything.
What a surprise and delight this book turned out to be. The author can read anything his voice is so rich and melodic I felt drawn into the tale of his life and in particular his love of France.
The real Jewel though was the quality of the writing, sensitive, interesting and so very genuine. The people he knew came alive even from short descriptions.
Dealing with some difficult subjects in a matter of fact way, no self pity, just this is how it was.
I'm going to listen to all his books, highly recommended.

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very well written, and so mindfully told.

loved it. very sad... but so so true

makes you appreciate things that you never thought you would, or took for granted

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Another world

full of atmosphere, could feel the warmth of his life in France, well written, throughly enjoyed it

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  • stephen
  • 27-08-12

Sublime

Where does A Short Walk from Harrods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I felt as though I was sitting in a comfortable room sipping on a gin and tonic listening to Dirk telling me about his everyday and very extraordinary life.

What other book might you compare A Short Walk from Harrods to and why?

Alec Guinness "Blessings In Disguies" for the insight into a very interesting life

What does Dirk Bogarde bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narrative and passion

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both

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  • Campbell
  • 06-06-10

Worth it

Part fact part fiction, this is an unabridged overview of the last 30 years of Bogarde's life. He was, and remains, inscrutible. One never knows what is fact and what is fiction. One Hopes others in this series shall be released.

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