A Pocketful of Happiness

A Pocketful of Happiness A Memoir

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A gorgeously candid account of acting and show business. And an intimate and heartfelt story of love, loss and a life spent together. It is an honour to be invited in on these diaries. I cannot remember being so moved by a book' Dolly Alderton

'Fascinating, funny and heart wrenching' Dame Julie Walters


'An emotional rollercoaster - profoundly moving and wonderfully entertaining. A brilliant memoir about living, loving and losing' Bernardine Evaristo

Richard E. Grant emigrated from Swaziland to London in 1982, with dreams of making it as an actor, when he unexpectedly met and fell in love with 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 honour of that challenge -  Richard has faithfully kept a diary since childhood, and in these entries he shares in raw detail 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 & I to his thrilling Oscar nomination thirty years later for Can You Ever Forgive Me? 

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

Book information

ISBN: 9781398519503
Publisher: Gallery UK
Imprint: Gallery UK
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.43028092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 324 , 16 of unnumbered plates
Weight: 260g
Height: 198mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 22mm