Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Audrey: The 60's | Book Review



Audrey The 60s* by David Willis - £25.00
www.aurumpress.co.uk

"People associate me with a time when movies were pleasant, when women wore pretty dresses in films and you heard beautiful music. I always love it when people write me and say 'I was having a rotten time and I walked in to the cinema and saw one of your movies and it made such a difference" - Audrey Hepburn

There is no one in the world who doesn't know who Audrey Hepburn is. She found fame in a generation where talented people were quite rightly put on a pedestal. Her image remains strong and true to herself and she is someone that no one has come close to replacing. I admire her elegance and her beauty but I could never put my finger on why I love her so much since she isn't someone who I grew up watching, I wondered why I admired her so much. Was it just a phase? Is Audrey Hepburn a fad? When I was in my early teens, I became interested in 50's and 60's fashion when I learnt of Audrey Hepburn and soon after, all my user names on MSN and hotmail were Hepburn related, and I would google her quotes and put them all over my MSN profile! (Good old days!) Most women, even now, idolise Audrey Hepburn and she will always be idolised for eternity. This book has made me realise what it is that we love about her as a talented actress, a fashion icon, role model and a Hollywood legacy. 

Audrey: The 60's is a truly beautiful and romantic tribute to Hepburn. I think with books like this, it can verge on being a bit cheesy but this book is far from it. Each and every single page is tastefully done with rich, colourful and quality images, inspirational quotes and the book also includes short but sweet anecdotes. If it's even possible, this book elevates her image more so with co-stars, directors, fashion designers, friends and family all gushing with praise and appreciation about how wonderful she was to work with and how charming she was as a person. The sort of charm and feminine elegance that is rare nowadays, I'd imagine, but anyone in the public eye who possesses those qualities probably find it hard to preserve due to shameful paparazzi's and tabloid culture (Kate Middleton and the topless photos, for instance). One of the things that I love is that Audrey Hepburn didn't have to bare skin, do outrageous stunts or reinvent herself every season to draw attention to herself in order for success. Less is more and everyone loved her all the same. As it states in the book, her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer proudly express "She believed in quality and if she still is an icon of style today, it is because she found her look she stayed with throughout her life". 

The book contains photos of behind the scenes and never-before-seen on set of Audrey Hepburn's iconic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Two For The Road and My Fair Lady (and more!). In addition to that, a small part of the book is dedicated to showcasing Hepburn as the well deserved "Style Icon". This is possibly the nicest, most stunning "coffee table" book I own with it's glossy sleeve, and Tiffany-blue coloured hard back covers. I have several fashion books that are equally as stylish but they just remind me of work and university so it can be a bit of a chore to look through them! If you're an Audrey Hepburn fan, I would highly recommend this book (the physical book, not on a kindle or ipad!). Or perhaps you know someone who is a big fan, this would definitely make a gorgeous Christmas present! I wish I could show you more photos but I hope you like the snippets that I am able to reveal. Maybe flick through it next time you're at a book shop and I guarantee you that you'll fall in love with it. Stay tuned for tomorrow as Aurum Press has given me an extra copy to giveaway to one lucky blog reader! I'm so happy about this as I know so many of you are Hepburn fans too and it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy to be able to give something away, especially something as beautiful as this book. 

Image credit as referenced in the publication

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13 comments

  1. Literally love Audrey! Such an amazing lady - will definitely be putting this on my christmas list! xo

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  2. I adore Audrey, and think she has such a timeless beauty. Beautiful inside and out.
    x

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  3. Stunning! This book looks absolutely amazing - just like Audrey herself... xo

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  4. wow, this looks like such a pretty book! Thanks for the review :)

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  5. Wow what a beautiful classy lady - this book looks just as fabulous as she was :)

    http://Heidi-likes.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. She's always so beautiful and down to earth. I've always loved her, and you know, it's funny how I never heard a guy say they loved her, as you would about, I don't know, Angelina Jolie, and here I'm not comparing them, I'm just comparing men's taste in women.
    But the other day my son told me he would date a girl like her any time!

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  7. A true timeless classic. Love her films, this book looks like a gem.

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  8. I think she was such a beautiful lady. I want to watch one of her films now. I love spending a rainy afternoon watching Audrey. The book looks amazing, I will definitely check it out next time i'm in town. x

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  9. I have to get this book, I love Audrey Hepburn, there are prints of her in my room! Think she was so chic and classy!

    Eda ♥

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

    @BloggerEda

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  10. This looks beautiful. I love Audrey Hepburn and I love coffee table books, so this one may have to go on my Christmas list! A month or two ago, I read a book called 'Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.' by Sam Wasson about Hepburn and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', which was fantastic, really interesting. If you haven't read it, I'd definitely recommend it!

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  11. If there was ever a blog comp I wanted to win THIS is it! I got shivers just reading your review! I need to get this book. *goes and adds if to Xmas/Bday list* !!! Think I need to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's now... its been at least a week since I last watched it!!
    Fab blog <3 xx

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  12. Another Audrey admirer here! I have read the Audrey Hepburn Treasures, but now I want to pick this up too!

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