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by Garth Bardsley

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Garth Bardsley's first biography, STOP THE WORLD - THE BIOGRAPHY OF ANTHONY NEWLEY has garnered 5***** reviews - 'Brilliant' (What's on in London) 'Compelling' (Theatregoer) 'An expert job' (Musical Stages) - since its publication in May 2003.  It was selected by The Independent on Sunday for its Christmas Book List and has received a great deal of media attention including a major serialisation in The Daily Mail.

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Anthony NewleyGarth Bardsley first met Anthony Newley in 1994 when they performed together in Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge - The Musical.  Now, with the authorisation of Newley's family, Bardsley has written his first biography revealing a British star that few if any ever really knew and the legacy of Newley's revolutionary talent.

Actor, singer, director, pop star, composer and writer - a unique talent and cultural icon - Newley was a man of many parts from the beginning of his career as a child actor, appearing famously as The Artful Dodger in David Lean's Oliver Twist, through to adulthood when he discovered his musical talent as a composer and performer.

His award-winning collaboration with Leslie Bricusse saw the creation of such evergreen songs as: What Kind of Fool Am I?; Gonna Build A Mountain; The Joker; Who Can I Turn To?; The Candy Man; Goldfinger and Feeling Good.  In 1989 Bricusse and Newley were inducted into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame joining Noel Coward, John Lennon and Paul McCartney as the only British composers previously to have received this honour.

Their songs appear on the albums of over a hundred recording artists, an extraordinary recognition of the enduring quality of their work and include: Sammy Davis Jr; Tony Bennett; Shirley Bassey; Oscar Peterson; Matt Monro; Bill Evans; Placido Domingo; Mantovani; Bobby Darin; Barbra Streisand; Astrud Gilberto; Lena Horne; Nina Simone; Mel Torme; Sarah Vaughan and Mariah Carey.

From his early days born into poverty in the East End to his glorious nights topping the bill in Las Vegas and his glamorous marriage to Joan Collins in the 60's, Anthony Newley was a man who gained the world.

But behind the mask of success lay a fractured life, a man plagued with depression and self doubt.  The dark clown who needed the approval and love of his audience to right off his despair and loneliness.  In this illuminating account of Anthony Newley's life, Garth Bardsley explores his life long search for his father, the legacy of his illegitimacy, the fortunes won and squandered, the wives and lovers, the songs, the films and the shows.

The intimate and intriguing story of an extraordinary elusive man.