"My Life : A Memoir"
Colonels, Cads and Charmers was initially the working title for Miles Anderson's autobiography, reflecting some of the roles in which he has been cast in his acting career. However, the early part of his autobiography (entailing the first half of a significant memoir) features Miles's account of his childhood in Zimbabwe. This account reveals the impactful, touching, humorous and politically potent aspect to his life, belied by the self-effacement of the working title.
The first half of Miles's memoir, therefore, focuses on a colorful, funny and wild childhood in the bush of Africa. The vivid array of characters range from early romances, boyhood friends, sibling adventures, connections with the African peoples, along with the influence of his father - General Jock Anderson - and the warmth and delight of his mother, Daphne, an author in her own right. (See The Toerags, published by Andre Deutsch, 1989).
The second half of Miles's memoir leapfrogs the reader to England in the 1960s, where Miles attended the Jesse P. Knight Academy for Dramatic Arts, followed by the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts, leading to a near-miss film career with Steve McQueen, an eventful life in the theaters of the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a host of successful television series. This second half ends with Miles's painfully funny account of American actor, Bob Sherman's funeral, for which - at Bob's behest - Miles led the service. Featuring his open-topped Toyota truck as the hearse careering through the traffic jams of London, a cardboard coffin, a black Gospel choir, a local mafiosa, an hysterical Amazing Grace and the promise of a career as a nondenominational lay preacher, Miles ends this stage of his memoirs poignantly and hilariously.
On this site, you will find the first half of My Life - Part 1: A Childhood in Africa - with a handful of glimpses into Part 2: An Adulthood in England. Should you wish to read more chapters, please contact Miles on firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!