'Few actors achieve in their lifetime what Sir Ian McKellen has. A repertoire of vast commercial success coupled with critically acclaimed and authoritative Shakespearian roles. A man whose gargantuan personality and varied achievements inspire both admiration and affection. McKellen has been feted and admired in every country across the globe, and has been knighted by, and received the Companionship of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II. He is an icon of, and ardent campaigner in, the cause for LGBT rights.

Many of us know of McKellen through his depiction of Gandalf in LORD OF THE RINGS. Garry O'Connor's definitive biography reveals the man behind McKellen the actor. The inside story of the person himself: a constantly developing drama and a work in progress. Yet Garry O'Connor pulls no punches: some of his revelations may be controversial to his fans, even explosive, given McKellen's constant ability to shock and surprise.'

I didn't love this book.

I am a huge fan of Ian McKellen, so I was very excited to read this book. Unfortunately for me, I was disappointed with it. I would like to say it was because I had my hopes set too high, but I don't believe that is the truth.

I have read many biographies yet for some reason I found this one really frustrating. I felt a massive disconnect between Garry O'Connor; the author, and Ian McKellen; the subject. At times it felt like Garry O'Connor was trying to get the reader to dislike Ian McKellen.

I also had issues with Garry O'Connor's writing. I felt it was emotionless and at times boring. I had some genuine moments when it felt like I was reading an Academic Text instead of a Biography of someone I actually like and am interested in.

I will admit that I learnt quite a lot about Ian McKellen that I didn't previously know by reading this book. I was excited to go and do some of my own research on the things I found out.

I also really loved the photographs in this book. They were varied and covered a lot of different time periods in Ian McKellen's life which was wonderful to see.

Overall I found this book thoroughly underwhelming. While I enjoyed the photographs and the new facts this book contained, I think as a whole it missed the mark.

Ian McKellen by Garry O'Connor is out now.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker