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Michael Simkins
The Rules of Acting

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This is a great lighthearted look at the life of a jobbing actor. Michael Simkins is a veteran of TV and the stage, though not a household name. He sets this out as advice for anyone joining the profession, but it works just as well as a nosey at the life of an actor for anyone who enjoys theatre or TV drama. It has lots of entertaining anecdotes about his own and others' experiences and a nice self deprecating sense of humour.

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Thank you, Mm! My sweetheart loves memoir type books and this one sounds entertaining. I'll have to try and find it for her.

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It's not quite a memoir, Dan - he really does present it as a manual for actors, though it does use his own and others' experiences, and if you like theatre, it's very satisfying. For example, it explained what it's like doing a long run of a play, or being an understudy. It's just not really a biography.

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Thanks Mm. The closest library that had a copy is 2300 miles away in Toronto and they wouldn't loan it to my library anyway.

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Dan, on Amazon.ca The Rules of Acting sells for $9.46 paperback or .98cents hardcover - probably available too on Amazon.com - they also advertise that new or used copies are available.  Don't know if this is of any use to you.

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Thanks for the info Momac and Luna!

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Haven't read this, although it is on my wishlist and sounds very appealing. Simkins' cricketing book Fatty Batter is cut from a similar cloth and would, I think, appeal even to people who don't know which end of a bat to hold.

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