Based on true events, Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls recreates one of the 20th century's great untold stories.
Cuba, 1959: In the final year of his life, Errol Flynn found time for one last adventure. The dashing star of many Hollywood films had always longed to be a real hero. Fidel Castro was the genuine article, and now he was looking for fame. What each man had the other wanted and, as revolution raged around them, the stage was set for an explosive encounter.
Cuba is on the brink of revolution and Errol Flynn is there making what will be his final film. When they meet, Errol is involved in the latest in a long line of relationships with under-age women, while Fidel is ready to march triumphantly into Havana after overthrowing the Batista government. Within days of the coup, Errol is chased out of Cuba with a firing squad and Fidel hot on his heels.
Featuring a full cast of Hollywood movie stars, beautiful women, Cuban revolutionaries and New York mobsters, Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls is the story of two men at the opposite ends of astonishing careers. It is a story with two heroes ... but there is only ever room for one.
About the Author
Boyd Anderson was a writer and creative director in advertising for several decades, winning many awards in New York, Cannes, London, Los Angeles and Sydney. Apart from writing TV commercial and, newspaper ads, he has also written for newspapers and trade magazines. He has co-authored a previous novel, entitled Children of the Dust (Random House, 1997). Boyd lives in Sydney and now writes full-time.
The sub-genre of historical fiction is growing as authors discover footnotes to history as ripe fodder. Anderson finds inspiration in the story of lothario Errol Flynn in the last year of his life. An alcoholic and in huge debt after a series of flops and a string of scandalous relationships, he dreams up the idea of making a movie in Cuba, where Fidel Castro and his rebel forces are in the process of overpowering the Batista regime. Admired by Castro, he is given unprecedented access to the revolution in action.
The juxtaposition of the careers of the two heroes is intriguing, one on the ascendancy and the other on a downward spiral and the relationship is fascinating because it is true. Though Anderson could have used this material for nonfiction, the guise of a novel has allowed him freedom..and the experience for readers in enhanced because of it.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd August 2010
Publisher: UNIV OF QUEENSLAND
Dimensions (cm): 22.606 x 15.24 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.408