As Jason King, Peter Wyngarde created the ultimate pop culture icon that still lives on today. We were desperate for an interview with him which he so happily granted us back in 2017, where we learned a lot more about his career. Sadly Peter passed away just over a year ago at the age of 90 years old but like Jason King himself, he had one good book left in him!
Peter Wyngarde: A Life Among Strangers is not a conventional biography – firstly it is in two parts; the first half of which tells Peter’s story from his birth until the late 1980s, when he met Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins. The book then transforms into a memoir, covering both his career and their time together.
There are contributions to the book from many well-known personalities, who were Peter’s friends and colleagues.
Much of what’s contained in the book is in Peter’s own words, which has been taken from his own writing, and both letters to and from him – including the 2,000 letters, texts and emails he sent to Tina.
Since Peter gave few interviews to the press and little is known about his private life, many myths have inevitably sprung up about him. This book dispels many of those rumours and tackles the misconceptions born out of media misrepresentation with reasoned argument and genuine evidence.
The book is extremely detailed and honest. Although many of the fallacies about Peter are dispelled within its pages, there has been no attempt to whitewash over the bad moments in his. Tina notes that she has been 100% truthful throughout, and provides evidence to back any argument she makes. She states “I have relied on my vast collection of private papers, original scripts, legal documents, court transcripts, personal diaries and private audio tapes etc., collected by myself over a 30-year period.”
The book will also include some rare and never-before-seen photographs of Peter from his childhood, and throughout his seventy-year career.
The nature of the relationship Tina shared with Peter is laid bare in HIS words, and corroborated by mutual friends and show business acquaintances. This, Tina hopes, will finally put to bed the vicious and cruel accusations levelled against her in the wake of Peter’s death in January, 2018.
The project is backed by Peter’s agent, Thomas Bowington (Bowington Management), who has written the ‘Afterword”. The Foreword, has been written by actor, director and writer Steven Berkoff who describes it as a “A wonderful, fascinating book.”
The book will be available to buy from the following outlets: Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith, Gardners Books, Barnes & Nobel, Bertrams, Nielsen, Ingram, Bam! and Indiebound. You will also be able to purchase directly from publishers Austin-Macaulay themselves. It will be available in hardback, paperback and eBook formats.
Tina is also keen to point out the following:
“I don’t intend to make so much as a penny piece from the book when it’s published. Should it sell enough to make any royalties,the intent is to give all proceeds to charity. The reason for this is because I have not, nor will I ever make money from Peter’s name!
I had no intention at all of writing about him. However, when I learned that a disgraced journalist of our acquaintance was intent on penning his own book about Peter, I felt that I had no option but to do something myself.
Thank you to all of you who’ve given me the encouragement to continue on with this project.”