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Lead book review

The biography Noël Coward deserves

Philip Hensher follows Noël Coward from precocious childhood to the vortex of fame

18 March 2023

9:00 AM

18 March 2023

9:00 AM

‘In the prison of his days,’ W.H. Auden wrote, ‘teach the free man how to praise.’ Noël Coward’s last performance, possessing, like so much of his work, a scene-stealing quality, was in the 1969 film The Italian Job. He plays the gangster Mr Bridger, masterminding a gold robbery from his Turin prison cell.

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