They say you can tell a lot about a person from how they treat their employees. In the case of Michael Winner, the relationship with his personal assistant, Dinah May, tells us a great deal indeed. In his life, Winner was known publicly as many things: a director, producer and the outspoken food critic who could make or break a restaurant with just a few choice words in his compelling Sunday Times 'Winner's Dinners' column. But behind the opulence and charm, the glamour and the glitz, lies the explosive untold story of fiery outbursts and scorching tirades, brought to life here in vivid colour by the one woman who remained a constant in his life. Impulsive, unpredictable and obsessed with the spotlight, though generous, witty and unshakably loyal - if life alongside Winner was to be at the centre of a storm, on a constant roller coaster, then Dinah May was at its epicentre and holding on for dear life. For thirty years the former Miss Great Britain was by Winner's side, on film sets, studios, abroad with famous friends or at his home, witnessing first-hand the two very different sides of his life, character and temperament. It was with Michael's blessing, and, indeed, encouragement, that she leave nothing out from their story ('Tell them everything') and in this affectionate but candid, no-holds-barred expose, Dinah certainly doesn't disappoint -
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DINAH MAY was born in Irby on the Wirral, Cheshire. From the age of seventeen she was encouraged by her mother to enter beauty competitions, winning Miss Great Britain in 1976. She worked extensively as a model and has appeared in commercials and in TV shows such as Brookside, Harry's Game, Password and Where in the World? as well as films including Death Wish III, The Wicked Lady and Claudia. After meeting Michael Winner in 1982 they became friends and she was his assistant and sounding board for nearly thirty years. Dinah's interests include cooking, swimming, fishing, sailing, walking her dogs and collecting photographs. She has two sons and lives in London.Review:
Under the circumstances, it would hardly be surprising if this book was drenched in sour grapes. In fact, it's far more thoughtful and generous-spirited than that, prompted less by a desire for vengeance than a wish to understand - And although May has never written a book before and doubted if she would be able to, she proves a shrewd and vivid observer. Daily Mail An honest account of her life with the film director. Liverpool Echo An extraordinary insight into the outrageous behaviour of Michael Winner. Plymouth Herald
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Book Description The Robson Press, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Surviving Michael Winner: A Thirty Year Odyssey Brand new item sourced directly from publisher. Packed securely in tight packaging to ensure no damage. Shipped from warehouse on same/next day basis. Bookseller Inventory # 1111-9781849547031