Sean Penn

Richard T. Kelly
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ISBN 9780571215492 Format Paperback
Published 01/09/2005 Length 512 pages

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'The riveting Sean Penn by Richard Kelly which tells a story of America and politics, publicity and character, is a book nobody should miss.' Andrew O'Hagan

'A fascinating 'oral history' of the actor-director, with countless interviews with family, friends and colleagues (Nicholson, Huston, Walken) and the ex-Mr Madonna himself.' Time Out

'A relentlessly entertaining insight to the most talented actor of his generation.' Guardian

'Revealing... comprehensive and impressive... Richard Kelly has done an excellent job.' Sunday Telegraph

'Highly readable... Essential reading for any admirer of the actor but also for those seeking a front-line account of American cinema over the past 25 years.' The Herald

  • About Richard T. Kelly

    Richard T Kelly is the author of three novels published by Faber and Faber: Crusaders (2008, ‘a magnificent state of the nation epic’ – Financial Times); The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011, ‘a horror novel of the most enjoyably reckless stripe’ – TLS); and The Knives (2016, 'the best novel about modern politics I have read in years' – Observer). In 2013 he co-wrote Judith Tebbutt’s memoir of hostage in Somalia, A Long Walk Home, which was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’, a Sunday Times bestseller, and 2013 National Book Awards nominee as Best Autobiography.

    He has also published a number of interview-based books about filmmakers: Alan Clarke (1998), The Name of this Book is Dogme 95 (2000) and the authorised biography Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004). Keegan & Dalglish, his study of the parallel careers of two legendary footballers, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.

    Eclipse, his first screenplay for television, was broadcast by Channel 4 in 2010. He has also written scripts for film and stage.

    Richard has also worked in publishing as an editor of books at Faber and Faber and at Penguin Random House, and has acted as a consultant to the literary agency Tibor Jones. He is currently Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, and a contributing editor to Esquire magazine.
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