Near fine/VGC.Weidenfeld & Nicolson,2004.First UK edition-first printing.Large format hardback(brown lettering to the spine,small nick on the edge of the cover)in near fine condition, with Dj(small tear on the edge of the back Dj cover,a couple of nicks,scratches and crease on the edges of the Dj cover) in VGC.Illustrated inside the front and back cover,colour,b/w photos,drawings.Nice and clean pages but with two small marks and ink mark on the outer edges,a couple of small nicks on the edges of the pages,small tear inside the edge of the back Dj cover from a price sticker.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.618pp including List of illustrations,family tree,sources,appendices,index.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition.Please note:This is heavy book(approx 1.6 Kg). This is another paragraph Product Description: Dirk Bogarde was a Rank film contract actor who made it into the big-time, working with top European directors such as Visconti (Death in Venice) as well as in Hollywood. Then in the 1980s he carved a new career for himself, first as a bestselling biographer (Postilion Struck by Lightning etc) and then as a bestselling novelist. An extremely private man, he refused to answer questions about his sexual preferences and at one point left England to live in France with a male partner rather than submit himself any longer to the attentions of the British press. He wrote copious letters and journals and his family have decided to hand over these and other personal papers to John Coldstream, former Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph, who knew Bogarde well.