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  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780753546185
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Evil Spirits

The Life of Oliver Reed




In May 1999, after a 40-year career including 100 films, Oliver Reed died, as he had invariably, lived, drinking with friends while making another film - his well-reviewed performance in the blockbuster Gladiator. Having risen through Hammer Horror films to international stardom as Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Reed became, in his own works, 'the biggest star this country has got'. With his legendary off-screen exploits and blunt opinions - especially of his co-stars - he was also on the most infamous.
Bestselling author Cliff Goodwin uses material from first-hand interviews with Reed's family, friends and colleagues and never before seen photographs to explore Reed's eventful career. but he also reveals another side to this unique and complex man.

  • Pub date: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780753546185
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Cliff Goodwin

Date: 2003-04-02
Cliff Goodwin was born in London in 1950. He joined Slough's weekly newspaper as a trainee reporter in 1968 from where he embarked on a journalistic career. He has had news stories and features published in more than 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide, and his coverage of the Lockerbie air crash in 1988 earned him a regional press award. In 1993, after 25 years in journalism, he decided to concentrate on full-time writing and has since written numerous biographies of popular icons including Sid James, Tony Hancock and Oliver Reed.

Date: 2013-08-06
Sid James is one of Cliff Goodwin's four best-selling biographies. He is also the author of To Be A Lady: The Story of Catherine Cookson, When the Wind Changed: The Life and Death of Tony Hancock and Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed.

Cliff Goodwin was born in London in 1950. He was educated in Slough, Berkshire, and joined the town's weekly newspaper as a trainee journalist in 1968. Since then he has worked in newspapers, magazines, public relations and for the local radio. His coverage of the 1988 Lockerbie air crash earned him a regional press award. In 1993, after 25 years of journalism, he decided to concentrate on full-time writing. He lives in the north-east of England.

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Praise for Evil Spirits

“A top-drawer. thorough account of the Great British hellraiser's finest moments.”

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“Cliff Goodwin's book delivers the goods on all counts ... hugely enjoyable.”

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