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Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman Paperback – May 29, 2012
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N.F. Mendoza, former journalist at Los Angeles Times, People, TV Guide
"This intimate and revealing biography of Christian Bale is full of details few people know about Hollywood’s most-lauded Batman, and how a child actorby harnessing his fans on the Internetbecame the star he is today."
"A new picture of Christian Bale emerges..."
"Cheung's first-hand observations of Bale's rising career and early rolesincluding Patrick Bateman in American Psychoprovide an interesting perspective on the making of a star..."
"A 'Must Read' for Summer"
"Recommended Summer Reading List"
Los Angeles Magazine
"'What's Hot for Summer' List"
"Three stars Batman's former wingman speaks out!"
Jamie Russell, Total Film
"The book is good - a fun, informative read."
Christopher Heard, author and film historian
"...a revelatory glimpse into Bale’s personal life... it does contain much interesting information for fans."
"More than just a tell-all expose. Make no mistake, Cheung was privy to a fair amount of behind-the-scenes drama."
Melissa Cronin, The Daily
"One of the best biographies of the year."
Kathryn Raaker, Let's Just Talk
"3 1/2 stars a gripping read!"
About the Author
Born in Scotland and educated in Canada, Harrison has been writing all of his life. His first novel, Idol Worship, was a finalist in the Writers' Guild Fiction competition. In 2002, he produced an award-winning short film called Rising of the Moon, about IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands. Most recently, his short story, Witness, won Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s 2010 Short Fiction competition. He is currently working on a series of novels.
Harrison is a digital marketing professional at IBM, where he earned an Innovation Award for his work in Internet marketing. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Nicola Pittam has been living and working in Los Angeles for the past fourteen years as a celebrity news journalist. She supplies news and features to a variety of publications in the U.S. and the U.K. including The New York Post, USA TODAY, People Magazine, Us Weekly, TMZ, RadarOnline, London Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail, Hello!, OK, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan.
She has also written a biography with Angie Best ex-wife of England’s most famous soccer player George Best and fitness trainer to world-renowned entertainer Cher. George And Me: An Autobiography was published in the U.K. by Virgin Publishing in September 2001.
Nicola started her career as a writer at the age of 19 when she wrote for her local paper in Northampton, England. She has come a long way since then, including spending almost four years, from the ages of 22 to 26, working for Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper in London, which is the highest selling daily newspaper in the UK. Nicola, now 40, still writes for all the British daily newspapers, based in Los Angeles but reporting from across America. In addition, she is working on several scripts including a TV pilot and a YA novel.
Top Customer Reviews
I also hated that the author takes all the credit for Christian's success simply because he made a fan site. I'm a Christian Bale fan and I had never heard of this website. I became a fan by reading reviews about his performances.
I also think it's stupid that the author portrays himself as a victim and Christian as some sort of angry tyrant. They didn't have a contract with each other nor was Christian officially paying him, so he could have left at any time if Christian was so hard to be around. This guy is not a certified PR person, agent or any of the other titles that he claimed to be in this book. If any thing the author was just a fanboy who followed Christian around and Christian just let him. They only met because Christian answered his fan letters.
Another problem with the book is he writes about Christian's life after they stopped working together, which means that those parts of the book are pure tabloid speculation. Which makes sense because the book is co-authored by a tabloid writer. There is no way of knowing that these parts of the book are actually accurate.Read more ›
Beyond the obviously self-serving purpose behind the book, it is sloppily written and redundant. There were multiple instances during my read that I thought I went back a page because he was retelling a story that he had just mentioned on a previous page.
The only good thing about this book is that it burns easily. Mr. Cheung tries to market this book to Bale fans only to reveal some very private and potentially embarassing moments of his once so called close friend and brother. I did not find the exploitation of Mr. Bale's teenage and young adult years in good taste. These supposed tales of his young woes were not relevant in any way to how he became an internet success or how he became the acclaimed actor that he is today.
Mr Cheung intruded on Mr. Bale's privacy in the most cruel of ways by revealing Mr. Bale's daughter's true name and exposing a painful and fractured relationship between Mr. Bale his now deceased father. Revealing his daughter's name was the most shameful.
The true nature of Mr. Cheung's book is divulged once he lets it be known that he parted ways with Mr. Bale over his refusing to sign a NDA. What better way for a disgruntled ex-assistant to get back at his former boss than to pen a tell-all book. Seems like Mr. Bale knew what he was doing when he requested a NDA in the first place.
It is very clear upon completion of this biography that Mr. Cheung has more psychological problems that Mr. Bale could ever have and is out for blood. The overall purpose of this book is lost by the end. Was it to give the readers an insight on Mr. Bale's life or an author's way to vent over a bad breakup. Their relationship has been over for a decade.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tell all from ex-employee. Don't bother reading if you're a fan of Christian Bales work.Published 1 month ago by Jaclynn OMalley
I am not sure if the author loved or hated Christian Bale. The book kept me kind of interested, only to learn more about the private Bale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GlenMac
Very few people have had the advantage Harrison Cheung has had as a fan of Christian Bale: every day access to the source of your admiration and his surroundings. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Adi Adler
As someone who has been a fan of Christian Bale since Newsies, I almost felt like I may "betray" him by reading an unauthorized account of his life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Melissa Pugh
Poorly written, incoherent at times, and just a nasty piece of gossip-mongering done solely for the pay-day and out of spite.Published on July 23, 2014 by Douglas R. Wilson
I enjoy Christian Bale's performances (when they aren't too violent for me. I'll never be able to watch American Psycho, though I'm so intrigued. I just love black humor). Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by S. O Rooney
I think fans of Christian Bale won't find anything new here about his personality, (except his obsession with dead things) if that's true. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Anne "royal watcher"