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I Love the Bones of You

By: Christopher Eccleston
Narrated by: Christopher Eccleston
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Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way – his father Ronnie. In I Love The Bones Of You, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory, mirroring and defining his own highs and lows, from stage and screen triumph to breakdown, anorexia, self-doubt, and a deep belief in the basic principles of access and equality denied to generations. The actor reveals how his background in Salford, and vision of a person, like millions, denied their true potential, shaped his desire to make drama forever entwined with the marginalised, the oppressed, and the outsider.

Movingly, and in scenes sadly familiar to increasing numbers, Eccleston also describes how the tightening grip of dementia on his father slowly blinded him to his son’s existence, forcing a new and final chapter in their connection, and how ‘Ronnie Ecc’ still walks alongside him today. Told with trademark honesty and openness, I Love The Bones Of You is a celebration of those on whom the spotlight so rarely shines, as told by a man who found his voice in its glare. A love letter to one man, and a paean to many.

©2019 Christopher Eccleston (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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"My father was an “ordinary man”, which of course means he was extraordinary. I aim to capture him and his impact on my life and career." (Christopher Eccleston)

"A beautiful book." (Zoë Ball)

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A lot of emotions here

Wow, not sure how to think or feel about this. it was extraordinarily moving, heart breaking, and needed. The 9th doctor really did carry the weight of worlds. As have others, listening to this definitely hits home in a much needed way. Highly recommend for anyone, especially those from the working classes.

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Honesty & Love

Hearing his voice tell his story is absolutely priceless. His clarity and unflinching descriptions of love, of his experiences with mental illness, his relationship with his dad, all of it changed me. He shines a light in the dark places that have always unraveled me. I look back at my own life now with new perspective. My love for my dad now rings out as it should. I will always be grateful.

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Great book.

I loved this book. Very honest, raw, and personal look into the world of mental illness. I highly recommend this book.

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A Touching and Poignant Listen

I absolutely loved listening to Mr. Eccleston narrate his book talking of his family and personal experience growing up. It was an extended love letter to the memory of his father and you can feel that love emanating from the pages. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to share pieces of his soul as he has, and I respect him very much for it.

Thank you very much Mr. Eccleston. Yours is an added voice for those who struggle with something in their life who tells others, they aren't alone.

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Amazing

Thank you, Chris. My 13 yr old
Son is struggling with anorexia along with feelings of inadequacy/ self hate. I think your words gave voice to so many of the things he is feeling but can’t express. Your family story is absolutely “universal “ and deeply resonated with me. BTW, I was deeply moved by the film Jude in the 90s when I saw it. I have never forgotten that film. Also, you were my favorite character in Elizabeth. Never doubt your talent Chris. It may be hard for you to accept it, but everyone who watches you and listens is mesmerized. Blessings to you and your family.

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Beautiful

Brutally honest and full of love. Read by the author which makes it hit home in a powerful way.

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Consistently gripping

This book does an amazing job of constantly being interesting. Even in subjects you would expect to find mundane. Excellent narration and story. Well worth a listen.

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