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The Sanest Guy in the Room


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Don Black is an acclaimed lyricist who has worked with some of the world's leading composers on musicals including Sunset Boulevard, Tell Me on a Sunday, Aspects of Love, Starlight Express, Bonnie and Clyde, Bombay Dreams and Billy, and on films such as The Italian Job, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, True Grit, Dances With Wolves and Out of Africa. He is the recipient of an Oscar, two Tonys, a Golden Globe and six Ivor Novello Awards.


Among the brilliant stories and wonderful behind-the-scenes glimpses of a life and career in show-business is some great advice, the best of which is don't use fifty words when you can use five. So I won't. Here's what I think of Don's book . . . It's bloody brilliant . . . Read it! * Michael Ball *
Warm, unpretentious and never lacking in humour * Mojo *
One of the joys of Black's memoir is his close-up view of the abnormality of the people he has worked with. He has a sharp eye and turn of phrase . . . Black may well be one of the sanest guys in the room. He's one of the kindest too * Herald *
Remarkable life story . . . entertaining new memoir . . . Refreshingly for a showbiz autobiography, the book is as economical and fat free as his lyrics * Waitrose Weekend *
Emotional and poignant * Jewish Telegraph *
. . . a compelling memoir. Breezy and unpretentious, The Sanest Guy in the Room is a delightful collection of memories, insider information and after-dinner anecdotes * The Times *
Somewhere between a memoir and an extended love letter to his late wife, Shirley - who died in 2018, after a marriage that lasted 60 years - it details his remarkable career as a songwriter . . . as down-to-earth and charming as the book's title suggests * Guardian *
Breezy memoir . . . good, fast read * Jewish Chronicle *
Deeply moving * Radio Times *

He sprinkles his memoir with warm reminiscences and self-deprecating anecdotes . . . you'll come away from
this entertaining book with a new appreciation for a craft that's too often overlooked

* Mail on Sunday *

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