i’m going to openly admit that i haven’t seen all of audrey’s films, i knew very little about her life, and i mostly bought this book for the photos.
the book is quite small – a bit bigger than a5, but it’s a good sturdy hardcover book and is choc-full of almost 200 pages of photos. at the beginning is an intro into her young life, her films, personal life and her charity work. this is seperated into short paragraphs and is easy to digest. it’s actually quite in depth considering it’s only about 15 pages long. it has encouraged me to learn a bit more about her though, especially her charity work.
from what i can tell it’s in chronological order ..well, there’s a picture of her as a girl to begin with, and some older photos at the back. the pictures are mostly promotional photos, behind the scenes shots and some more personal ones. they’re absolutely wonderful to look though.
there’s a good mixture of colour to black and white. they’re good quality and they fit the page well. it would be lovely to see these in a bigger book, or as prints. each photo has a short caption with the year of the photo and where it was from (from a specific film for example).
interspersed throughout the book are pages with quotes from audrey, and those that knew her. i like the format of these and feel they work well within the book. they kind of break it up a bit, but it would work equally well without them.
whether you’re a big fan of audrey, or just want some nice photos to look at (and possibly want to learn a little about her) – i think most people would enjoy audrey: a life in pictures. it would make a fantastic birthday or christmas present, or a little treat for yourself!