11:02AM, Sunday 12 January 2014
A movie buff from Maidenhead has completed and published a book of film reviews more than 40 years after he started it.
Andy Coleby, who grew up at the family home in Courthouse Road, is now the proud author of British Films 1944-1973: Another World.
Known as Andy Sharp until 1985 before he changed to Coleby to preserve his mother's maiden name, the former Maidenhead County Grammar School pupil who once worked for the Royal Borough's planning department, has never written a book before.
The self-published work gives a synopsis, opinion and background including where each movie was made for 100 of his favourite classic films which includes The Winslow Boy, Oliver! and Three Men in a Boat.
Now aged 57, Andy, who lives in Mortimer near Reading, started jotting down ideas for the book at the age of 15.
He finally fished the project when he found himself out of work last year, spending an estimated 12 hours a day getting it done.
"I have always put it off and put it off but it has always been the back of my mind," said Andy who was once a film critic for the Henley Standard newspaper.
He added: "People say the book makes them want to rewatch old movies."
Andy hopes the book will provides an alternative to common films frequently featured in critics top 100s.
The book is available to buy on Amazon.
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