Cover art for Blowing the Bloody Doors Off
Hodder & Stoughton, October 2018
Hardcover, 304 pages
24.2cm × 16.5cm × 2.8cm

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off And Other Lessons in Life

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'Chatty and engaging . . . he often comes across as endearingly humble' SUNDAY TIMES

'Thoroughly engaging' SUNDAY EXPRESS magazine

'Fabulous storytelling' PRIMA

Hollywood legend and British national treasure Sir Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career - and now his 85th year.

One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films - including all-time favourites - from the classic British movies Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting Dark Knight trilogy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and Cider House Rules. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.

He knows what success takes - he's made it to the top of his profession from the toughest beginning. But as he says 'Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it.' Now in his 85th year he wants to share everything he's learned.

With brilliant new insight into his life and work and with his wonderful gift for story, this is Caine at his wise and entertaining best.

Recommended by Bill

Bill is the Buyer for Boffins, so blame him when you don’t find the book you want. He reads widely, particularly non-fiction, and reviews books monthly on Wednesdays with Gareth Parker on radio station 6PR.

The Italian Job and Alfie come to mind when I think of Michael Caine (sounds better than Maurice Micklewhite, his real name). That was of course in my teenage years – what a great time that was! This book is not strictly an autobiography – he’s previously written two volumes of autobiography. It’s more about Michael Caine at 85 looking back at his life and everything it’s taught him. Son of a fish market porter and a charwoman, he’s worked hard to become one of the world’s most loved actors and he’s never lost touch with his working class roots. The book is full of stories that provide lessons to us all  –  stories about his successes and his failures, the misery, struggle, comedy, drama, romance and tragedy of a long life in the movie business. If you want to know why John Wayne advised him not to wear suede shoes, you’ll have to read the book. You’ll p*** yourself laughing. But you can learn a lot more from this book than just what shoes to wear.

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