The Wah-Wah Diaries

  • by Richard E. Grant
  • Narrated by Richard E. Grant
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here are the very personal diaries of Richard E. Grant's debut behind the camera, as writer and director of his autobiographical movie of the same name.It is both a fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters along the way, and also a deeply moving portrait of his childhood and his love affair with Swaziland, where he was born and brought up during the last throes of the British Empire. Through the mayhem - never-ending financial pressures; hostilities, and finally breakdown of communication with his producer; the nerve-racking quest to persuade the King of Swaziland to grant permission to film in his country; the assembly of a stellar cast including Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, and Julie Walters - Richard E. Grant has written and reads, with characteristic humour and charm, an extraordinarily honest and revealing account of a labour of love and the realisation of a dream.


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Good Effort, too much Details

I have tried so hard to listen to this books but my mind kept wondering off. To me, who has read nearly 1000 books, it's a sign of boredom. It's an extremely (please underline extremely) detailed account of the making of his life story into a movie. At one point Grant writes (in excruciating detail) EVERY actor who tuned the project down (with details of the actual conversations!) Instead of simply writing "several actors turned me down". I almost got to a point where I was saying out loud "just take the project and lets move on!!".

...Has anyone ever watched those youtube videos made by first timers who keep the camera rolling while they wait for milk to boil or food to cook instead of editing "the waiting" out? Well this book is the written versions of an unedited story. Really liked the hotel TV show, this book though? Sorry not so much
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- Suhair


I like Richard E. Grant very much and hoped his book would be enjoyable. I wasn't disappointed. He reads it with enthusiasm and laughs when obviously it was funny when it happened. So you get a feeling of being there very much. The only thing was I thought it could have been trimmed by about 15 minutes. The build up to the filmimg was great and I enjoyed the later episodes of the editing and promotion more than the actual filming part of the story. But thats only me. Well worth the purchase.
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- Trebor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-07-2008
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.