REVIEW: This much is true – Miriam Margolyes

November 22, 2021

This much is true

Miriam Margolyes 

We all have our favourite Margolyes creations, Blackadder, Call the Midwife, voicing the  Cadbury’s Caramel Rabbit to Harry Potter’s Proff Sprout.  This extraordinary life story of award-winning actor, creator of a myriad of memorable characters and old enough at 80 to now be national treasure.  Conceived in an air-raid, being so mischievous with pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John aged 17, being sent to Coventry by Monty Python and the Goodies and swearing on University Challenge (she was the first woman to say F–k on TV).

This book is packed with unforgettable stories from why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she’s ever had to being told off by Her maj The Queen. With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, Leonardo di Caprio to Isaiah Berlin, This Much is True is as warm and honest, as full of life and surprises, as she is. Margolyes loves to shock or perhaps loves to live uninhibited and free from conventional ties. This rare talent to grasp the variety of life allows her to wallow in glorious spontaneity and the ability to say a loud affirmative ‘YES’ to the opportunities which life presents to her. A natural raconteur the book is a superb read and may challenge as much as it will certainly delight.

Out now £15.15