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This is a captivatingly , warmly written ,fascinating biography of one of the theatrical greats of our times .The paperback version is of medium size and weight , divided into three parts and thirty eight chapters and includes a list of illustrations , a file of acknowledgements and a well researched and presented index at the back.

The author, Garry O’Connor, is a biographer and novelist, noted for his publications on theatrical and literary figures. He has written acclaimed biographies of Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Paul Scofield, Peggy Ashcroft, and Alec Guinness – and now McKellen. O’Connor has written and presented programs for radio, including Campion’s Ghost for Radio 4, adapted from his novel about John Donne. O’Connor has directed for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) , acted with McKellen at Cambridge and has known him since 1958 , directing McKellen in some of his early roles. Continue reading IAN MCKELLEN THE BIOGRAPHY BY GARRY O’CONNOR