'Meticulously researched and written with flair, Elliot James explores a scant-known chapter of Noel Coward's life - his long and impassioned support for The Actors Orphange. Revealing the tireless, genuinely philanthropic man behind the smoking jacket and cigarette holder, this book is an absolute treat for fans of 'The Master'. - Zeb Soanes
'A wonderful revelation of a side of Noel's character that so few people know about.' - Michael Attenborough CBE
'We think this is a fascinating subject. Your style is accessible and interesting so I could imagine this having wide appeal.' - Mia Christou at ABR.
Elliot James was born in England in 1978. After working on a Colorado dude ranch and a Cape Cod ferry, he graduated from Brunel University in London in 2000. After some further adventures in North America, he graduated from drama school in 2003. Alongside acting Elliot has consulted on a summer performing arts program for many years at UCLA, taught Shakespeare, English and drama across Europe, and published articles on the life and work of Noel Coward. The Importance of Happiness is his first book.