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The Wah-Wah Diaries

by Richard E. Grant

Ten years after the publication of “With Nails,” Richard E Grant’s brilliant memoir of his years in Hollywood, Picador are proud to be publishing “Wah-Wah,” the very personal diaries of his 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, with characteristic humour and charm, an extraordinarily honest and revealing account of a labour of love and the realisation of a dream.

About Richard E. Grant

Richard E. Grant is in no way related to Hugh Grant! Though they are quite good friends. Born and raised in Swaziland, Richard E. Grant wears a watch on both wrists. One belongs to his late father and is set to Swaziland time. Richard studied drama at Cape Town University where he co-founded the Troupe Theatre Company. He moved to London in 1982 and worked in theatre until he got his big break with the cult hit "Withnail and I" in 1986. Since then, Richard has appeared in over 80 movies, with some of Hollywood's leading directors and actors. He's also written three books, and appeared in many theatre productions. He's married to dialect coach Joan Washington and they live together in London with their daughter Olivia.
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