Hodder & Stoughton
The Elephant to Hollywood: The Autobiography, By Michael Caine
It's all in the sea salt...not a lot of people know that
Sunday 19 June 2011
Born in 1933, Maurice Micklewhite survived the Blitz and served in Korea before setting out to emulate his idol Humphrey Bogart (whose film The Caine Mutiny inspired Maurice's now legendary stage name).
Years spent treading the boards followed, before a role in the 1964 film, Zulu, propelled Michael Caine to superstardom.
For the most part, this memoir is pleasantly enjoyable, as Elephant and Castle's finest delivers tales of the Hollywood high life with a gentle wit. But as we reach the later years, the anecdotes dry up and things take a turn for the banal; by the end, he's resorted to giving us his recipe for baked potatoes.
What's it all about, Alfie? Plenty of olive oil and sea salt, apparently.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
Top 20 films that make you feel good
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
19 British bands signed to indie labels are getting government grants to help them make it big abroad
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
What if Nicolas Cage played every character in Game of Thrones?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll