I Love the Bones of You: My Father and the Making of Me

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By:Christopher Eccleston
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Released:  19 September 2019
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Format: hardback
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Note:  Autobiography of the Ninth Doctor himself — Christopher Eccleston. A variant signed edition is available at Waterstones, which has a different ISBN on the back cover (978-1-7851-7743-9). However, the new ISBN is just a sticker — the copyright page still has the original ISBN and the book as a whole is otherwise identical (apart from being signed by Eccleston), hence not listed as a separate edition here.

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Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way — his father Ronnie.

In I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory, mirroring and defining his own highs and lows, from stage and screen triumph to breakdown, anorexia and self-doubt. The actor reveals how his background in Salford shaped his desire to make drama forever entwined with the marginalised, the oppressed, and the outsider. It also fostered a deep belief in the basic principles of access and equality denied to generations.

Movingly, and in scenes sadly familiar to increasing numbers, Eccleston also describes how the tightening grip of dementia slowly blinded his father to his son's existence, forcing a new and final chapter in their connection, as 'Ronnie Ecc' still walks alongside him today. Told with trademark honesty and openness, I Love The Bones Of You is a celebration of those on whom the spotlight so rarely shines, as told by a man who found his voice in its glare. A love letter to one man, and a paean to many.

Salford-born Christopher Eccleston is one of the country's most highly regarded actors working today. He is the recipient of an Emmy Award and two BAFTA Award nominations, and is best known for his work on television and in film — in particular, for his collaborations with directors such as Danny Boyle and Michael Winterbottom and writers Peter Flannery, Jimmy McGovern and Russell T. Davies. He currently stars in the BBC drama The A Word, and was recently seen on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the leading role of Macbeth.

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