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Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way – his father Ronnie. In I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory, mirroring and defining his own highs and lows, from stage and screen triumph to breakdown, anorexia, self-doubt, and a deep belief in the basic principles of access and equality denied to generations. The actor reveals how his background in Salford, and vision of a person, like millions, denied their true potential, shaped his desire to make drama forever entwined with the marginalised, the oppressed, and the outsider.

Movingly, and in scenes sadly familiar to increasing numbers, Eccleston also describes how the tightening grip of dementia on his father slowly blinded him to his son’s existence, forcing a new and final chapter in their connection, and how ‘Ronnie Ecc’ still walks alongside him today. Told with trademark honesty and openness, I Love The Bones Of You is a celebration of those on whom the spotlight so rarely shines, as told by a man who found his voice in its glare. A love letter to one man, and a paean to many.

©2019 Christopher Eccleston (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"My father was an “ordinary man”, which of course means he was extraordinary. I aim to capture him and his impact on my life and career." (Christopher Eccleston)

"A beautiful book." (Zoë Ball)

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Beautiful Poignant Biography

A beautiful story about Christopher Eccleston's father. His life , his family and his dementia.
Also an autobiography of the actor and an insight into working class life in the 1960's and 70's
Also a useful description about mental illness.
A great book

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outstanding

a passionate insight to a passionate man, the struggles he went through throughout his career have been immense

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Thank you

Thank you Christopher for sharing your story in such an honest way. My Dad has Alzheimer’s and so much of what you talk about resonates with me and my Dad.
I am sorry that your Dad and your family had to go through all that but here we are , my family going on this journey. It is somehow comforting to hear that we are not alone. From standing at the window waiting for mum to come back when she was out to the calming effects of music, the anxiety and sheer bewildered look on his face. His eyes say it all.

I have received great comfort in a weird way from listening to it. We are looking for a care home at this time. But we will be strong.

Sharing your struggles especially about Anorexia was also very enlightening as I have found this illness hard to understand.

An excellent listen.

Thank you for sharing.

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Northern. Working Class

Wonderful listen. Funny and bleak. A little different from the usual autobiography. Essentially a letter to his dad and their complex relationship.

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Ordinary but extra life

In many respects the ordinariness of the early life Chris talks about is remembered perfectly and vividly on the page such that I thought yes that was me and my dad and me and my mam too. Thank you for helping me draw these beautiful pictures of my youth in my head and realising that I too am my dad and so much a better person for it.

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Brilliant, so unexpected yet captivating.

One of my favourite actors and this book is not your usual autobiography. Written from his family's, mostly his father's perspective and intertwined with his own account of real struggle. Don't want to give anything away, but listen to this, I couldn't stop. Great book. Laura

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Incredible

You cannot listen to this book without recognising, the deep seated love pouring from it.

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Inside Mr Ecclestone

Never morose, deeply brave sharing of Christopher Ecclestone's personal experiences of mental health, political perspectives and his relationship with his father. Inspiirational and a fantastic legacy for his own children. Highly recommended

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Touching and sensitive read

Not always an easy listen, but a touching and thought provoking read. It tackles difficult subjects. Christopher’s account of his experience of mental ill health is raw and gripping as it is for those who experience such challenges. Equally the account of dementia was moving and real , not sugar coated . A beautiful and authentic tale.

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Honest and humble!!

Great honest account of a working class upbringing and relationship with his father and family. Great listening!!

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