Sheridan Morley

Wizard of Oz

Arguments with England: A Memoir


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Interests to be declared: with the exception of the venerable Frith Banbury, I have known no stage director longer nor admired one more than Michael Blakemore. We first met in Sydney when I was eight and he was, I would guess, about eighteen. A doctor’s son determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he joined my father’s Australian road tour of Edward My Son as a publicist, only to find himself having to teach my sister and me how to read and write, since on the road in those days you were never anywhere quite long enough for a more formal education.

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