Christopher Robbins was a keen young screenwriter when he met Brian Desmond Hurst in the mid-1970s.
Hurst was then in the twilight of his career as Ireland's most prolific film director - many years had passed since he'd made his most famous film, an adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim in 1951.
But the desire and energy were still there, and Robbins was contracted to write the screenplay for Hurst's swansong, a vast biblical epic starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave.
The film never happened, but in trying to get the project off the ground Christopher Robbins entered Hurst's world.
This, his memoir of that time and their friendship, is a wonderfully engaging and often hilarious portrait of one of the last great eccentrics.
About the Author
Christopher Robbins is a screenwriter and author. His previous books include Air America , which was made into a film starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr, and The Test Of Courage , a biography of the wartime Resistance hero and language expert Michel Thomas. He currently lives in France.
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Comments about The Empress of Ireland:
Fabulous book about an impossible but real Irish film director Brian Desmond Hurst. Well written. I will read this book over and over again. The journey taken through most of 20th century is about an extraordinary life from Working class Belfast to Hollywood. and then to London and other climes. Wonderful read if you want to be inspired
Number Of Pages: 385
Published: 6th June 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.33