The Princess Diarist

by Car­rie Fisher (Black Swan, £8.99)

The Guardian - Review - - Non-fiction -

Be­ing cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars at the age of 19 forms the back­bone of this “sort of mem­oir”. Fisher, who died aged 60 shortly after the book was first pub­lished, adeptly cap­tures the un­ex­pected mad­ness of the film, which was meant to be a “cool lit­tle off-the-radar movie”. Had she known how things would end up, she “def­i­nitely would have ar­gued against that in­sane hair”. The big rev­e­la­tion is that she had an af­fair with her co-star Har­ri­son Ford, then a mar­ried father of two. She kept it un­der wraps, mainly out of shame. Fisher re­cently found her teenage di­aries and was taken aback by this young woman whose wise­crack­ing ex­te­rior masked an in­se­cure girl who was way out of her depth. She in­cludes the orig­i­nal diary en­tries, which are ram­bling, but oth­er­wise her writ­ing is mostly smart and funny. The pages crackle with self-dep­re­cat­ing one-lin­ers, chatty ob­ser­va­tions and the wis­dom that comes with be­ing im­mor­talised in the minds of teenage boys in a metal bikini and chained to a slug. Fiona Sturges

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.