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My Own Story: The Uncensored Memoirs of the Celebrity Biographer
David Bret has spent thirty years writing about the intimate lives of some of the world’s most famous and best-loved celebrities: Greta Garbo, Edith Piaf, George Formby, Doris Day, Maria Callas and Clark Gable are but a few of the thirty or so subjects of his best-selling books. Now, for the first time and after much deliberation, Bret dishes the dirt on himself, and holds absolutely nothing back when discussing the ones he loved, and those he did not.
Born in France and adopted by a British couple, for fifteen years David Bret suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of a Machiavellian father, a serial adulterer whose cruelty to his wife knew no bounds in an age and culture wherein one made one’s bed and was compelled to lie on it. Unable to find love at home save from his long-suffering mother, Bret searched for solace in the arms of lovers of both sexes, at home and overseas. Initially, these were ordinary men and women. There was a platonic relationship with Peter Sutcliffe, ten years before psychosis set in and he became The Yorkshire Ripper. When he started to gain plaudits as a biographer, the friends and lovers became more eclectic and celebrity orientated. He was championed by the famous: Marlene Dietrich, Dorothy Squires, and the great French chanteuse, Barbara, took him to their insular hearts, as did many more.
In these very candid and frequently shocking memoirs, Bret speaks lovingly of his mother, his eccentric family, and his celebrity friends, but is unsparing towards the father who made his younger years a misery, the man he fought so hard to get away from, and finally did—at a terrible cost when his mother chose suicide rather than to continue suffering.
‘And yet if it hadn’t been for that dreadful period of my life,’ Bret says, ‘I would have never broken away from the humdrum existence of being expected to follow Yorkshire family tradition and work down the mines or farm the land, and as such I would not have evaded the prejudices attached to such a life, back then and been rewarded by the life I know now."
DbBooks November 2014