Snakes & Ladders

Snakes & Ladders (1978)

First Published: Chatto & Windus
Published: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0-7538-2086-2

The second volume of Dirk’s memoirs, from the trials of an army camp at Catterick to the greatest challenge of his film career – the role of von Aschenbach in Death in Venice. The book charts the ups and downs Dirk experienced on the way to becoming one of the finest and most popular actors of his time. It is also a book about people – family and friends, actors and actresses, directors and producers – who helped him in this precarious game of ‘snakes & ladders’.

‘His books are in a different class from the ghosted, pedestrian or anecdotal memoirs which so many stars of stage and screen produce’

Margaret Drabble, The Listener


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