Dirk Bogarde

When Authors Hide Secrets Part 1

When I began writing ‘The Book of Forgotten Authors’, I quickly learned to decode newspaper articles about writers. There were men who were ‘intensely private’ and women who ‘never married’. The words ‘sapphic’ and ‘bachelor’ tended to crop up, used knowingly. These writers were devoted to their mothers and never gave personal interviews. They lived […]

Sir Dirk on Book and Film

For a long time he was the quintessential British film star, but it’s likely a sizeable portion of the population has now never seen a Dirk Bogarde film. Or Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, to give him his full name. His heyday as an actor ended over four decades ago, and in later […]