If you want to find out more about Noël Coward then this page is the starting point for you!  
    Who was he? - He was simply the best all-rounder of the theatrical, literary and musical worlds of the 20th century. He invented the concept of celebrity and was the essence of chic in the Jazz Age of the 20s and 30s. His debonnair looks and stylishly groomed appearance made him the icon of 'the Bright Young Things' that inhabited the world of The Ivy , The Savoy and The Ritz. No one is totally sure when and why it happened but following his success in the 1930s he was called 'The Master', a nickname of honour that indicated the level of his talent and achievement in so many of the entertainment arts.     Lord Louis Mountbatten said of Noël at his 70th birthday celebration in 1969:
"There are probably greater painters than Noël, greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret artists, greater TV stars. If there are, they are fourteen different people. Only one man combined all fourteen different labels - The Master."
   
 
   

This page includes details of recommended books to read and pages to turn to on the website that provide a starting point of discovery about our hero. Many people do not realise how many well-known songs and plays were written by Noël and how significant his influence was in the world of theatre, music and film. Kenneth Tynan the journalist and theatre critic said:
"Even the youngest of us will know, in fifty years' time, precisely what is meant by 'a very Noël Coward sort of person'."


   
 

 

  Here are four books about Noël Coward that we would not be without!  
    An essential first read for any aspiring Coward fan. A warm and affectionate biography by his secretary Cole Lesley.   Sheridan Morley's 1st official biography. A well observed, no nonsense picture of Coward with an essential chronology.   A short but highly perceptive volume on Coward's plays. Can be read quickly on a train journey but will be retained for life!   Covering his life from 1941 to 1969. Taken with his autobiographies they provide as complet a picture as we can get.    
 

 

     
         
 

 

Coward's autobiographies can be bought seperately or in one volume.    
    Coward did not keep a diary until 1941 so his autobiographies rely heavily on his memory and notes he kept as part of his work. His mother hoarded everything she had in a famed suitcase that he may have used - it was certainly fully explored by biographers after his death. Past Conditional, was never completed.          
 
      The 1st volume Present Indicative. Well written and very readable. Covers his birth in 1899 to 1931   The 2nd book in the series from 1939 to 1945 covering the World War II years.   You can buy the complete autobiography that includes the unfinished 'Past Conditional'

 

 

 

Will Young lost in a vortex of drugs and deceit!
Will Young plays a young man who turns to drugs to numb his desperate longing for his mother's love - lost to him by her relentless pursuit of toy boys and her pretence that she is still young.
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