The authorised biography of Oliver Reed, one of Britain's best loved actors.
Robert Sellers is the author of the bestselling Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed and Hollywood Hellraisers. He has also written biographies on Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, a history of the George Harrison/Monty Python film company HandMade, and the controversial Battle for Bond, which for a time was banned by the family of Ian Fleming. He was a regular contributor to Empire, Total Film, Independent, SFX and Cinema Retro and has contributed to a number of television documentaries, including Channel 4's The 100 Best Family Films.
This is a brilliant and beguiling account of Reed s life and times - Mail on SundayThere is a great feeling of loss and tragedy at the core of Sellers s biography. He is unflinching in the depiction of how awful Reed could be, but balances that with a strong sense of the love and affection he inspired in those around him. If nothing else, this highly readable book is a permanent reminder of just how exhausting it must have been to be Oliver Reed. - Glasgow Sunday HeraldFor the first time, Reed s close family has collaborated on a project about Reed himself, revealing a complex man behind the fa ade, a person of great passions and loyalties underscored by deep-rooted vulnerabilities and insecurities. With never-heard-before anecdotes and new interviews with family, friends and peers, What Fresh Lunacy Is This? is a revealing examination of his mould-breaking personality - Sight and SoundLike Reed himself, the book might not be subtle but in places it s hilariously funny and, by the end, oddly moving as well - The ObserverIn this adulatory but always entertaining book, Sellers shows that Ollie was a more interesting figure than the cartoon drunk of the tabloids - Sunday TimesWhat Fresh Lunacy Is This? is a nice, racy romp with Reed the rum-sodden rogue - Financial Times