And Furthermore

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 15:49 PM IST

Reading Judi Dench`s autobiography, ‘And Furthermore,’ feels like having tea a second time with a charming companion. She seems more at ease now, funny and engaging, and comfortable enough to chatter away.

Instead of deep introspection, Dench focuses on her career and provides light anecdotes about people and performances. There have been many of both since she first appeared professionally on the stage in 1957.

The story she chooses to tell is that of a dedicated actress. Except for her family, the play`s the thing that has anchored her and nourished her over the years. Nearly all the memories Dench shares, not just her views on the craft of acting, spring from those experiences.