Having moved to London at the ripe old age of 18 with theatrical aspirations, our heroine is rapidly poached by the legendary impresario, Thelma Holt – she of the 3 husbands – who baptises her by fire, pays her a pittance, and dubs her her assistant.

In this revealing glimpse of West End life backstage in the ’80s and ’90s, the ineffably renamed “Sweetpea” Slight serves as gopher, trouble-shooter and general¬†factota¬†to her indomitable mentor, oscillating wildly between poverty and glamour, but clearly relishing every minute of it.

This is neither literature, nor art; but as an affectionate memoir of her colourful boss, and an insider’s humorous view of the likes of Alan Rickman, Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave and the producer’s producer, Peter Hall, it is an elegy to an era, both frothy and fun.

 

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