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The Empress of Ireland : Chronicle of an Unusual Friendship - Christopher Robbins

The Empress of Ireland

Chronicle of an Unusual Friendship

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Very funny and genuinely moving, The Empress Of Ireland is an inspiring portrait of the unique and improbable friendship between Christopher Robbins, then an impoverished writer in his twenties, and Brian Desmond Hurst, Ireland's most prolific film director.

It began when the author - a journalist who had never read a script - was asked to write the screenplay for Hurst's swansong movie, an ambitious biblical epic intended to be his ticket to heaven. As work commenced on the 'Box Office Blockbuster', and later the director's life story, the 'Big Bestseller', an unlikely but uproarious rapport was born.

Full of character, incident and humour, Robbins' memoir is a warm and wonderful tribute to friendship and to one of life's true originals.

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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Superb and sublime writing


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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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

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    "His warm, hilarious, immensely readable report... is hard to put down."

    ISBN: 9780743220729
    ISBN-10: 0743220722
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 385
    Published: 6th June 2005
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.33
    Edition Number: 1