The Elephant to Hollywood

  • Author Michael Caine
  • Narrator Michael Caine
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Run Time 10 hours and 18 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Biography: general.

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What to expect

It’s been a long journey for Maurice Micklewhite – born with rickets in London’s poverty-stricken Elephant & Castle – to the bright lights of Hollywood.
With a glittering career spanning more than five decades and starring roles which have earned him two Oscars, a knighthood, and an iconic place in the Hollywood pantheon, the man now known to us as Michael Caine looks back over it all.
Funny, warm, honest, Caine brings us his insider’s view of Hollywood (where there’s neither holly nor woods). He recalls the films, the legendary stars, the off-screen moments with a gift for story-telling only equalled by David Niven.
Hollywood has been his home and his playground. But England is where his heart lies. And where he blames the French for the abundance of snails in his garden.
A plaque now celebrates him at the Elephant in London. His handprint is one of only 200 since 1927 to decorate the hallowed pavement outside that mecca of Hollywood stars, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

A very British star, The Elephant to Hollywood is the remarkable full circle of Michael Caine’s life.

(P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton

Critics Review

  • uproarious and unflinching

    Mail on Sunday
  • Mr Caine is a charming raconteur….he writes with a quality that has grown rare among memoirists: good cheer

    New York Times
  • Michael Caine’s second work of memoir brims with his gift for genial anecdote, but this time there’s a hint of sadness as he looks back

    Sunday Times
  • To read Caine is to be in the company of an amiable, sentimental man who has achieved great success – and happiness – without appearing to be in the least smug.

    Daily Mail, John Preston
  • A truly incredible life story.

    The Sun
  • Not much mileage in discussing warm receptions then, unless it’s to wonder if a literary festival crowd has ever sounded more fulfilled than when Michael Caine finally said “you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” and “not a lot of people know that” halfway through his appearance in Cheltenham last weekend.

    The Times

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