Aiming True by Conrad Phillips

Aiming True

 Principal category Biographies
 Word count (approximate pages) 101,200 (213)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $9.00

The autobiography of Conrad Phillips

‘Aiming True’ is the autobiography of Conrad Phillips, star of the long-running television series ‘William Tell’, who played many roles in theatre, film and television over a span of more than 40 years.

As might be expected, the book gives us anecdotes about other actors and actresses – hilarious snippets which allow us to peek into the lives of other celebrities – but it is much, much more than that. Conrad’s life encompasses experiences far removed from the world of acting – a childhood of poverty, a youth in which he saw wartime action in the Royal Navy, a divorce in which he left behind all his hard-earned wealth in order to regain his freedom, and a fresh start which he embraced with such certainty that he married his new wife only 10 weeks after they first met.

Conrad has known ups and downs like few others have in their life, and he recounts his own actions and feelings with a candour and modesty that make him at once both admirable and likeable. Humour lurks always behind the gritty realism with which hardships and heartache are described, and the upbeat ending justifies the unbroken thread of optimism.

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Over the years, Conrad has rubbed shoulders with some of the great names of the small and big screens including Frankie Howerd, Sid James, Spike Milligan, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Jennifer Jayne (his co-star from William Tell), Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Wendy Richards, Bill Franklyn, Wilfred Bramble, Donald Pleasence, Diana Fairfax and Frank Thornton to name but just a few.

Aiming True is a heart-warming and highly entertaining account of one man’s successful struggle to remain both cheerful and true to himself in the face of extreme adversity.

Conrad Phillips was born in London on 13th April, 1925.

The book contains 48 photos and a complete filmography of Conrad Phillips.

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What you say

Conrad Phillips reveals much about his eventful and interesting life in this autobiography, it is a delightful read especially so as Conrad “tells all ” in a warm, considerate and revealing way unlike so many biographies. From his childhood, through the war years , his acting career and a surprise, his years as a farmer in the remote Scottish Wilderness. A superb read, thoroughly recommended.

DJW, Southampton

A Bolt For Freedom

A Bolt For Freedom

 Principal category Biography
 Word count (approximate pages) 14,000 (30)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $0.99

The heart-warming prequel to Skeoch

This is the account of the author’s eventful and entertaining life up until the momentous decision to move to Scotland recounted in ‘Skeoch’.

The sole survivor of twins, she is brought up in a house haunted by a large Alsatian dog, and works her way through various interesting and madcap jobs which are gradually more and more connected to the world of stage and films and lead her inevitably towards her first encounter with her future husband, Conrad Phillips, lead actor of the series ‘William Tell’.

Theirs is a whirlwind romance culminating in marriage after only 10 weeks. For part of the honeymoon, the groom asks the bride to choose between an extra night in a luxury hotel, or a night in his boat and a non-stick frying pan – she chooses the latter!

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This sets the tone for the couple’s married life, where they have to live in cramped accommodation – particularly a problem after the birth of their first daughter – and only get to increase their living space after surreptitious night-time dumping of vast quantities of rubbish hoarded by their landlord.

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A holiday travelling through France and thence to Menorca with their young baby gives them the thirst for space and freedom. Thus is born the yearning which leads to the ‘Skeoch’ adventure.

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Bannockburn Tartan cover image reproduced courtesy of Cameron Ross.