INTRODUCTION Meeting the Man 7 CHAPTER 1 An Actor is Formed 14 CHAPTER 2 Rising Star, New Romance 39 CHAPTER 3 Not a Brand 62 CHAPTER 4 Danger Man, Risk Taker 104 CHAPTER 5 The Prisoner Arrives 145 CHAPTER 6 The Prisoner: Obsession 184 CHAPTER 7 Fall-out: The USA 221 CHAPTER 8 Kings and Desperate Men 241 CHAPTER 9 An Enigmatic Legacy 268 LIST OF IMAGES 297 REFERENCES 298
RUPERT BOOTH is a London-based actor and writer who co-owns the production company Wildeyes TV. In 2004, he co-wrote the first in a series of critically acclaimed Prisoner spin-off novels for Powys Media and he has been a fan of Patrick McGoohan since he first saw the series.
‘Many people have tried to reach a conclusion about the sort of person that Patrick McGoohan really was. For the first time, Rupert Booth may well have found the answer.’ Rick Davy, The Unmutual Prisoner website ‘...at last an in-depth exploration of a controversial character who can teach us all to say “no” at a time when we need to...’ Dazed & Confused “A genuinely good read and the author must be congratulated. Booth has a very warm writing style, and in telling a personal story of Patrick McGoohan and his devotion to wife Joan, sprinkled with film/TV along the way, he has approached the subject matter in a more attractive way than a simple “screenography” approach. As a result we do get a view on what sort of MAN he was rather than just what sort of ACTOR he was.” – The Unmutual