Sir Alec Guinness was one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century. With a talent recognized by discerning critics from his very first appearance on the stage. he gained a world-wide reputation playing roles on the screen such as Fagin in Oliver Twist and The Man in the White Suit. His performance as Colonel Nicholson in Bridge on the River Kwai won him an Oscar and, in his later years, he captivated a new generation of admirers as George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy and Ben Kenobi in Star Wars.
This is the authorized biography of Sir Alec Guinness written by long-time family friend and celebrated author Piers Paul Read, who offers here an enjoyable, yet penetrating and perceptive account of an intriguing and complex man.