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Sir Denis Forman was born in 1917 at Cragielands in Dumfries, and was educated at Loretto and Cambridge. He worked in the arts for many years, culminating in the appointment to Chairman and Managing Director of Granada Television, and then the directorship of the Royal Opera House. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword; New Edition edition (August 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184415792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844157921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Isch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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"The war was like a leaden weight, slowly but surely pressing down on the froth and folly of our lives, sometimes making them seem like a dance of death. It was coming, it was horrible and it was going to take me, and a million others, into its maw."

One of my favorite '90s movies is "My Life So Far," now available in the 8-Movie British Classic Collection and based on Sir Denis Forman's memoir of his Scottish childhood, originally published as Son of Adam later retitled My Life So Far and available here under both titles. Much as I loved the movie, I loved the book even more. But it was re-watching that 1999 movie recently that got me wondering what had happened to that smart, funny, delightful little boy.

Eventually, it turns out, he would become a major figure in the world of British film ("The Jewel in the Crown") and television ("Coronation Street") and then deputy chairman of the Royal Opera House. He'd also write a book about opera, appear in a YouTube video talking about Mozart with Murray Perahia. And reach the age of 95...so far.

But before all that came Cambridge, then service in Italy in World War II as a Major in the 6th Royal West Kents--a story he would wait some 50 years to write about. "To Reason Why" is not only a warm, sometimes funny, character-driven, battle-filled nail biter of a war story and sequel to "My Life So Far," it's also--perhaps even mostly-- a tribute to the author's late Battle School mentor and colleague in arms, Lionel Wigram, "the bravest and most brilliant soldier it was my lot to encounter throughout World War II," someone he wants you to know and, now that I've read it, so do I.
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