The Surprise of My Life: An Autobiography

The Surprise of My Life: An Autobiography

by Claire Drainie Taylor
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

“It’s an autobiography! If I tell you what’s in it you won’t read the book.” — Claire Drainie Taylor

Or would you? Maybe you’d be intrigued by the progression of a life begun as an unexceptional little girl born to a middle-class Jewish Canadian couple in a small prairie town who,

Overview

“It’s an autobiography! If I tell you what’s in it you won’t read the book.” — Claire Drainie Taylor

Or would you? Maybe you’d be intrigued by the progression of a life begun as an unexceptional little girl born to a middle-class Jewish Canadian couple in a small prairie town who, at age sixteen, married a refined Englishman, and survived the Great Depression, partly alone in a shack in the woods of Vancouver Island. Or how, only a few months after returning to Vancouver, with no training and minimal education, this same young woman walked on stage at one of Canada’s finest old theatres, and went on to a successful thirty-year career as an actress and radio dialogue writer.

Having been compelled by her family to write her memoir, it wasn’t until she’d finished and reread her manuscript that Claire Drainie Taylor realized what an extraordinary life she’d led. Her descriptions of the many fascinating incidents that make up her story, and how she dealt with them, revealed herself to herself in a way that illuminates what she calls “The Surprise of My Life.”

Editorial Reviews

Heather Robertson
“I found Claire’s book an absolute delight! It succeeds not only as family and social history, but as a compelling story and a memorable portrait of the writer.... Her frankness is...admirable.”
Merna Mitchell
“We enjoyed every page. You’ve done a wonderful book.... It deserves a wide audience.”
Booknews
From 1939 to 1970 Freelance Canadian radio actress Taylor (b. 1917) portrayed a wide range of characters, but was best known as worried female relatives. She was also a radio dialogue writer. Her memoir includes a photo gallery, but no scholarly paraphernalia. Canadian card order number: C98-930839-1. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889203020
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
08/14/1998
Series:
Life Writing Series, #5
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.57(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Claire Drainie Taylor, who died at the age of 92, worked as a free-lance radio and television actress from 1939 through 1970. She collaborated with her second husband, John Drainie, on radio dramas, supplying his narrative with dialogue. She is a Life Member of the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >