It’s all very exhausting. “I am Oscar Wilde,” Everett writes after yet another epiphanic moment, which generally involves him going somewhere Wilde visited, once. “I started to read more and more about him — only then did I become truly obsessed. Just last week, Everett was quoted in an interview as saying that the trans movement has ‘overshadowed’ gay rights and that he was now “the wrong type of queen”. If you were a fan of Everett’s previous books – Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins – you won’t be disappointed. At some point, it would be quite amusing to have someone else’s take on Everett’s Wilde phase – Firth’s, say, who expresses concern for his friend during the extremely fraught film shoot: “Are you OK?” he asks. Mine is fairly low, but every sentence Everett writes rings with his personality, and it’s a personality that has always been irresistible. A special kind of private club where members receive offers and experiences from hand-picked, premium brands, as well as invites to exclusive events and the magazine delivered directly to their door, From political deep dives to murder mysteries perfect for long dark nights — these are the literary releases to invest in this season. Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over £25. Being bussed out to the set of the BBC’s The Musketeers, he muses: 'It’s not very chic being in a people carrier', Everett is probably as well known now for his writing as he is for his acting, a comment that he will probably take as a slur on the latter, judging from the rueful pleasure he indulges in these days in seeing his well-filled glass as bone dry. The site uses cookies to offer you a better experience. Long-listed for the 2020 Booker Prize, this unflinching portrait of London’s underground world of gangs and violence is drawn directly from Krauze’s own teenage years in South Kilburn. • Vanished Years, by Rupert Everett, is published by Little, Brown at £20. To order a copy go to Sections, The English actor talks about how his latest memoir — soaked in glamour, humour and gossip — came to fruition, The problem with being known as a modern-day wit is that people like me want to frequently know your take on everything from cancel culture to Brexit, in the hopes that you’ll fire out an immortal, delightful zinger. In his highly anticipated third memoir, Rupert Everett tells the story of how he set out to make a film of Oscar Wilde's last days, and how that ten-year quest almost destroyed him. Chance encounters – meeting Wilde’s grandson, learning that his own aunt had a connection to Wilde’s son – are taken by Everett as deeply significant, as such things are when one is in the grip of an obsessive love. It begins with a fat suit that comes with “baboon moobs and a marvellous knee-length arse” (even in middle age, Everett is somewhat less fleshy than poor old Wilde) and ends somewhere a lot less slapstick, its author finally finding peace, of a kind, in a room at the Sunset Tower hotel in West Hollywood. Everett’s new memoir, his third, is the story of his enduring obsession with Wilde and how it compelled him to make a film about the doomed writer, a decade-long quest that, though ultimately successful, brought him, at points, to the edge of reason. The story she chose was one of those Wilde wrote for children, The Happy Prince. All rights reserved. This is a bold, unusual and confronting work that will stay with you long after the last page. But there’s something else here, too: a plangency and depth of feeling that may do strange things to all the images you have of him in your head (to be honest, I have had images of Rupert Everett in my head ever since the sixth form, when I first saw him in Another Country). In 90s Paris, his great friend Lychee burns bright, and is gone. And so the project duly collapses. Everett makes for a charming narrator; quick witted, and able to capture a scene wonderfully in prose. Everett is a truly gifted writer, even when recounting the protracted and occasionally pained labour of getting his passion project, 2018’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince, to fruition. “It’s been kind of my raison d’etre.”. The first is. Once it did get going, it was besieged by hiccups, both financial and logistical. Fake Law by The Secret Barrister (Pan Macmillan). He is decidedly more circumspect on it all this morning. He first encountered Wilde as a child, when his mother would read the Irish writer’s fairy stories to him (“I didn’t have much of a picture of him, but the stories, I found incredible”). But the more recent projects often feel to him like a step down: when he’s being bussed out to the set of the BBC’s The Musketeers, he muses: “It’s not very chic being in a people carrier.”, In any case, Everett has become one of the most delightful writers about modern fame. “It’s based mostly on my own experiences of when I was 17,” he says. Nor frankly, do you really need to know a great deal about Wilde to enjoy this book. The latest issue of Gentleman’s Journal features Lewis Hamilton. When a local property developer is found dead the club find themselves presented with their first live case – but can they catch the culprit before it’s too late? The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Penguin). The Silence by Don DeLillo (Simon & Schuster). Amid the ebbs and flows of his own career, Oscar’s final years, lived in relative quietude in Paris, loomed large in Everett’s mind. There are celebrities, of course. And, if lockdown has given you a new found fondness for the written word, there’s no better time to catch up on all the best new books coming out this autumn. “I think it’s been challenging,” he says of his 2020. 1-16 of 39 results for Books: Rupert Everett. BY Rupert Everett To the End of the World Travels with Oscar Wilde Hardcover - 8 OctOBER 2020. by Rupert Everett | Jan 1, 2020. “She doesn’t like it if I try to do anything different with the garden. Despite the thrilling and intriguing subject matter, moving. It’s like giving birth — straight away, you want to be pregnant again.”., ICYMI: There were so, so, so many bugs. Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media, Copyright © 2012-2020 The Gentleman's Journal. Ostensibly about the death of his best friend Christopher Hitchens, alongside those of his literary heroes Philip Larkin and Saul Bellow, this wide ranging novel also takes in 9/11, Alzheimers, Amis’ relationship with his father and a cast of ex-lovers including Germaine Greer, his wife Isabel Fonseca and the presumably fictional Phoebe Phelps.