What Fresh Lunacy is This? by Robert Sellers
The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed

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What Fresh Lunacy Is This? is a nice, racy romp with Reed the rum-sodden rogue. But what we need is the story of Reed the roaring romantic...There’s a story to which it would have been worth raising a glass.
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Oliver Reed may not have been Britain's biggest film star - for a period in the early 70s he came within a hairsbreadth of replacing Sean Connery as James Bond - but he is an august member of that small band of people, like George Best and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their chosen medium, became too big for it even, and grew into cultural icons.

For the first time Reed's close family has agreed to collaborate on a project about the man himself. The result is a fascinating new insight into a man seen by many as merely a brawling, boozing hellraiser. And yet he was so much more than this. For behind that image, which all too often he played up to in public, was a vastly complex individual, a man of deep passions and loyalty but also deep-rooted vulnerability and insecurities. Why was a proud, patriotic, intelligent, successful and erudite man so obsessed about proving himself to others, time and time again?

Although the Reed myth is of Homeric proportions, he remains a national treasure and somewhat peculiar icon.

 

About Robert Sellers

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Robert Sellers is the author of several celebrity biographies, including the original hardcover Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed, as well as books on Sting, Tom Cruise, and the film industry. He lives in St. Albans, England. JAKe is an artist whose work has appeared in Esquire and Time Out; he also worked for LucasFilm on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He lives in London, England.
 
Published June 13, 2013 by Constable. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alexander Larman on Jun 29 2013

Like Reed himself, the book might not be subtle but in places it's hilariously funny and, by the end, it's oddly moving as well.

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Reviewed by Christopher Bray on Jun 21 2013

What Fresh Lunacy Is This? is a nice, racy romp with Reed the rum-sodden rogue. But what we need is the story of Reed the roaring romantic...There’s a story to which it would have been worth raising a glass.

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