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Sybil Thorndike. A star of Life

Sybil Thorndike was one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. Loved and admired as a great actress, she was also a feminist, a socialist and a pacifist, who fought throughout herlong life for a better and more peaceful world.

With unique access to her family's archive, and using hundreds of unpublished letters, Jonathan Croall - author of the much-praised Gielgud: A Theatrical Life - has produced an engaging, sympathetic and critical account of the vicar's daughter who became a celebrated actress and public figure.

Jonathan Croall was an editor in publishing and newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His books include Gielgud: A Theatrical Life; The Coming of Godot: A Short History of a Masterpiece; Buzz Buzz! Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre; and in the series 'The National Theatre at Work', Hamlet Observed, Peter Hall's 'Bacchai', and Inside the Molly House. He currently edits the programmes at the Old Vic.

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