Fading Into the Limelight

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For more than 30 years, Peter Sallis has played Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine, the world's longest-running sitcom. With his dry, cynical wit and cautious nature, Clegg has been taken to the hearts of his audience. Now the man behind this creation, and the voice of Wallace in Wallace & Gromit, is telling his story. From his early days in the RAF in World War II, through an extraordinary theatrical career that saw him perform alongside the likes of Joan Collins, John Gielgud, and Orson Welles, to the fame that came to him late in his career, Peter Sallis has a wonderful, heartwarming story to tell. Packed with brilliant stories and amusing anecdotes, this is a memoir that will appeal to Peter Sallis's millions of fans, as he looks back over his career with a warm glow of nostalgia.

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As one would expect, this is a gentle book, written by a gentle man. It is also a very British book, in that it is almost too modest. Could I honestly say that I know any more about Peter Sallis now ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Peter John Sallis was born in Twickenham, England on February 1, 1921. During World War II, he was an instructor at radio school at the Royal Air Force station in Lincolnshire. One of his students asked him to be the leading man in a local production of NoŽl Coward's Hay Fever for three nights and Sallis found his calling. After the war, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked on the stage, on television, and in film. On television, he was the star of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, the voice of Rat in the animated series The Wind in the Willows, and the star in the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. He was best known as the voice of the cheese-loving Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit Claymation stop-motion animated films including A Grand Day Out and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. His autobiography, Fading Into the Limelight, was published in 2006. He died on June 2, 2017 at the age of 96.

John A. Miller is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Cutdown, Causes of Action, and Tropical Heat. Miller's Jackson Street and Other Stories won the California Book Award for First Fiction. He lives in Georgia.

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