New Title Tuesday: The Biography of Peggy Mount

The real life story behind the nation’s favourite TV battle-axe is explored in this new biography from Andrew Ross.

After achieving overnight stardom in the smash-hit play Sailor, Beware!, Peggy’s talent and unmistakable voice would secure her a place in entertainment history as the ultimate “battle-axe” on stage and in a succession of television series including The Larkins, George and the Dragon and You’re Only Young Twice. From critically acclaimed performances with the RSC to annual pantomime appearances, Peggy Mount’s career spanned more than fifty years and indomitably she remained a working actress into her eighties.

In the first ever biography of Peggy Mount’s life, Andrew Ross charts the story of an intensely private lady who consistently shunned the spotlight and rarely gave interviews. She once famously said “I’m not a bit like my screen image” yet the real-life Peggy was a fascinating and curious mixture of both the formidable and the insecure. From her difficult childhood, troubled family life and fifty-year feud with her only sister to her dramatic rise to fame, Peggy’s life and career are revealed to discover the homely yet complex lady behind the often fearsome on-screen image.

Drawing on exclusive first-hand accounts, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi and the late Pat Coombs, this is the story of a unique and pioneering actress and her exceptional career.

Author Andrew Ross also wrote the autobiography of Joan Sims as well as a the encyclopaedia of Carry On Actors – featuring comprehensive biographies on all of the main stars and supporting actors from the film series.

This hardback book priced £16.99 will be available exclusively via this website from 7th March prior to it’s trade release in May. Pre-order Everything I Ever Wanted today to guarantee a copy signed by the author.

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