A Postillion Struck by Lightning
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Recommended by Gayle
‘After watching The Servant, I recently became completely obsessed with Dirk Bogarde, and proceeded to read all eight (8!) of his volumes of autobiographical writings. I don’t recommend you do that, but I do recommend reading the first, A Postillion Struck by Lightning, a perfect evocation of the lost world of his interwar country childhood – a joy, even if you are not desperately obsessed with Dirk Bogarde.’
From the publisher
______________ First published in 1977, A Postillion Struck by Lightning is volume one of Dirk Bogarde's best-selling memoirs. Following Bogarde from childhood through adolescence, to the beginnings of his budding career, A Postillion Struck by Lightning is a heartfelt memoir, offering insight into what created the drive and charisma that eventually made him a star. Dreamy, sun-soaked summers full of freedom spent with his younger sister are mixed with holidays in France and rambling the countryside. Writing plays instead of playing sports, Dirk's talents lay in the creativity of painting and expression rather than in the precision of maths or science, much to the growing concern of his parents. Packed off to live with relatives in Scotland, his father hoped that a proper Scottish education would equip his son to follow in his footsteps for a career in Newspapers. In Scotland, Dirk learned to defend himself, to sound like a native Glaswegian, and to hide his intense homesickness. In essence; he learned to act.