One of the world's most devoted fans of everything theatrical, Brian describes how his love of movie stars ended up with them loving him!
Read some of the letters they wrote & hear the extraordinary tales he has to tell on an audio CD tucked away in the back of his book.
Smitten at an early age, Brian dreamed great dreams of becoming an actor; at first he dearly wanted to be a Circus clown, but his father, a Harley Street doctor, was far from amused at such an idea.
Take a trip down Brian's star-struck memory lane and be there when he fell in love with a beautiful bare-back rider and asked her to marry him - even though he was still at school! Be there when Judy Garland gave him a hug. . .
Brian's adventures through life are comical, but like the greatest clown of all, Charlie Chaplin, his stories are touched with pathos, which is why composer Martin Tilbrook Gardener includes his piece "Calvero" on Brian's audio CD.
Martin comments, "I was inspired to write "Calvero" after watching Charlie Chaplin's touching film, "Limelight." I felt the sad old clown, Calvero, was a little like Brian, but with one huge difference; Calvero had known success - Brian hadn't."
Taking life's disappointments on the chin, Brian has always quietly dusted himself down and started all over again, becoming a good and kind friend to all who know him - including many famous actors, for he couldn't keep away from the stage. "I eventually made it on to the stage at The London Palladium," he quips, "Sweeping it!"Buy Now
"Super! Both book and CD really engrossed me. Brian's
experiences of meeting the great and good are fascinating; his natural
ability to make friends with some truly great stars was brilliant.
Alastair Sim and Dame Sybil were particular heroes of mine; just think,
Brian was a friend to both! Many congratulations on the book, Brian. It
is thrilling to someone like me who also had to give up his Equity card
to earn an honest living. Thank you for writing it."
Geoffrey Atkinson OBE
"It's wonderful! I loved reading it. It's so good to see how many
people you have made to feel happy and special. That is a gift - your
"Absolutely fantastic! Brian, I congratulate you and admire your
wonderful insight into the theatre and in particular children's
Dr. John Piper M.B., B.S.:F.R.C.S.
"Brian, this is the most precious book and disc
EVER! It is so colourful, so cheerful, so humorous, and so very YOU! I
knew it would be worth waiting for but is ten times more wonderful than I
thought. The photos of you as a child, which I've never seen before,
are very precious indeed! Cecilia has done a magnificent job with the
book and illustrations - something for anyone keen on showbusiness
stories, especially ones about British stars. On the CD you are a GREAT
storyteller; I listened without moving - too captivated to even get up
to put the kettle on! You tell your stories so beautifully and with
humour; I loved your acting out of accents - especially the
north-country one regarding James Mason! Martin's beautiful composition,
"Calvero," brought tears to my eyes; I look forward to hearing more of
Martin's piano prowess, enhanced by George Ewart's exquisite violin. The
whole thing is just PERFECT! Wouldn't it be wonderful if your old book
department in Selfridges stocked your book? Sending lots of love."