A Pocketful of Happiness: A Memoir by Richard E. Grant

A Pocketful of Happiness: A Memoir by Richard E. Grant

Title: A Pocketful of Happiness: A Memoir
Author: Richard E. Grant
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster 
Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  353
Date of US Publication:  1 August, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Since seeing him on the screen for the first time in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) I’ve been a fan of Richard E. Grant’s. Until reading his memoir, however, I never knew a single thing about him other than that he was immensely talented. 

This is a love story, in a different form - Grant’s love for his wife shines from each page in this. The love, the struggle, the grief, the mourning which can feel like it will never abate, and, always, the continuous love. Though not an easy read, a very moving and poignant one. 

Recommended, but be aware that this is triggering for those who’ve recently suffered loss. 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for the DRC


“One of the bravest, strongest, funniest memoirs I’ve ever read.” —Bonnie Garmus, New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry
“A moving and entertaining celebration of life and love." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Academy Award–nominated actor Richard E. Grant’s memoir about finding happiness in even the darkest of days.

Richard E. Grant emigrated from Swaziland to London in 1982, with dreams of making it as an actor. Unexpectedly, he met and fell in love with a renowned dialect coach Joan Washington. Their relationship and marriage, navigating the highs and lows of Hollywood, parenthood, and loss, lasted almost forty years. When Joan died in 2021, her final challenge to him was to find a “pocketful of happiness in every day.”

This honest and frequently hilarious memoir is written in honor of that challenge—Richard has faithfully kept a diary since childhood, and in these entries he shares raw detail of everything he has experienced: both the pain of losing his beloved wife, and the excitement of their life together, from the role that transformed his life overnight in 
Withnail and I to his thrilling Oscar Award nomination thirty years later for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Told with candor in Richard’s utterly unique style, 
A Pocketful of Happiness is a powerful, funny, and moving celebration of life’s unexpected joys.


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