Gavin Lambert was born in England but has lived for much of his life in Hollywood. He is the author of several novels (The Slide Area, Inside Daisy Clover, The Goodbye People), non-fiction (including On Cukor, The Dangerous Edge) and screenplays (Sons and Lovers, for which he gained an Academy Award nomination, and Inside Daisy Clover). He died in 2005.
Most of all there is enormous skill: the author has the
playwright's flair for taut, meaningful dialogue; the novelist's
feeling for mood, the short-story writer's love of plot; and the
good movie writer's capacity for deft characterization that is
visual as well as psychological * New York Times *
These are the most truthful stories about the film world and its suburbia I have ever read * Christopher Isherwood *
A brilliant piece of work, terse, compassionate, and beautifully made. It earns a place on anyone's shelves along with Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon and Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust * Times Literary Supplement *