Sunday, 2 February 2014

Retro Book Find: No Turn Unstoned - The Worst Theatre Reviews Compiled by Diana Rigg

It seems incredible that when actress Diana Rigg (AKA Emma Peel in The Avengers) compiled the book No Turn Unstoned back in the early 1980s, it was left largely ignored.

Diana had bravely asked friends and colleagues in the acting profession to submit their worst ever theatrical reviews for inclusion in the book, the result a humorous collection which gains more egg on the face for the acidic comments of the press rather than the subject matter of the persona of the actors on stage.

Apparently the title wasn't a success when launched by Elm Tree Books in 1982 but subsequently developed a cult success for a paperback reprint almost a decade later...

For me, its a pick up and browse book, illustrated with lots of delightful Punch drawings. I think its a volume Dame Diana could certainly follow up a few decades on, there are all too many reviewers who love to twist the knife in this world...

This edition was published by Book Club associates in 1982 and was a great Healthy Planet find.

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