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Jack Wild: It's a Dodger's Life

Narrated by: Richard Burnip
Length: 20 hrs
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Propelled to stardom at the age of 15, until his tragic death from cancer at the age of 53, this is the story of actor Jack Wild, in his own words - published for the first time. 

Jack was just an ordinary young boy whose talent was spotted by chance by a theatrical agent and propelled onto the world stage through his performance in the 1968 film musical Oliver! It brought him an Oscar nomination and international stardom. As his fame grew, Jack also began to battle with alcoholism, which eventually dominated most accounts of his life. After the glittery highs of the '60s and '70s came the 'lost decade' of the '80s, the lows of debts and sectioning under the Mental Health Act. The real story of this is here, in Jack’s own words. 

But this isn’t a memoir of pity and darkness. Jack loved life and loved his life. In the '90s, and fully sober, Jack returned to the screen in films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Even in the face of the tragic diagnosis of mouth cancer, which eventually killed him, he remained resolutely optimistic about life. His story contains vivid behind the scenes accounts of many great names he worked with, from British favourites such as Diana Dors and Ron Moody to international stars like Bing Crosby and Kevin Costner. 

Completed by Jack’s widow, Claire, the book is in Jack’s unique narrative voice with honesty, roguish charm and a breathtaking lack of self-pity.

©2018 Fantom Publishing (P)2018 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Heartwarming enjoyable story of a great actor<br />

It really feels as if you are with jack as a friend during his many highs and many lows of his life God bless this lovely man

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It's a Dodgers Life

Really enjoyed this book but so sad that he passed away at such a young age.. I remember seeing Jack in HR Puff n Stuff in the early 1970's. I was round about 9 years old at the time and used to watch that programme at my Nan's house, brings back happy memories.. Thought he was great in Oliver and Melody as well as HR Puff n Stuff. My first ever crush. Taken way too soon Jack but thanks for the memories, Now an angel, RIP Jack, xxx

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  • 30-03-19

Adorable, Funny, and Tragic

Any review for this book needs to come with a warning - you will not be able to be unemotive listening to this audiobook... so careful when listening on an airplane. Reactions will range from full on out loud laughing, to tears, to big smiles, to heartache (especially for those who have ever had alcoholism via self, family or friend in your life). This audiobook was adorable, funny and unbelievably tragic. So much credit needs to be given to Richard Burnipʻs performance - he has given Jim Dale, from Harry Potter, a run for his money. Its easy to forget that its not Jack narrating, only to later be reminded that Jack is sadly no longer with us. There is nothing in my life that would come close to the celebrity superstar path that Jack took but thanks to Jackʻs (and Claire) ability to share in detail not just what was happening in Jackʻs life, but the thoughts and emotions related to the story, warts and all - I could easily relate. It was unbelievably honest - even when he wasn't being honest with himself, and because of that for the first time I could understand the thought process of an alcoholic...someone "deeply alcoholic". I had a family member that was not a celebrity but much the alcoholic Jack was, but died of liver failure. Due to Jackʻs truth in amazing detail helped me with the understanding of why alcoholics/addicts do what they do sometimes - if that makes an sort of sense. With that said - its not all sad. Most of the book is actually very very funny and quite cheeky! Gut busting laughter - be prepared..I was on an airplane and my laughing and giggling caused my rowmates turn several times. They asked what was so funny and I told them "You gotta get this audiobook!". I recommend the same to all.

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