I have so far read only a little of this memoir by the Emmy-winning actor, but enough to know how distinctive and affecting the writing is. Known for his roles in "Our Friends in the North", "Doctor Who" and recently in "Macbeth" at the RSC, Eccleston's roots remain firmly in his working-class Manchester upbringing with two older brothers, a loving mother and the totemic figure of Ronnie, his hard-working, socialist father to whom this book is a moving tribute.
But Christopher Eccleston is not most actors, and his autobiography is not most autobiographies. This is a superb book, full of revelations, as intense and tortured as its writer and not an easy ride at all.
Eccleston is best known as the ninth Doctor Who, but he has also played intense and tortured in Cracker, The Second Coming and Hillsborough, and tortured and intense in Our Friends In The North, Shallow Grave and Let Him Have It.