I knew before I bought this that it wasn't "the biography", just a book of photographs with comments by Dench. So it seems unfair to complain that that's what it was. And yet I still could have wished the comments to be more substantial. Some of the little stories were funny, though - and some verged on the incomprehensible, though imagining them said in a very dry English tone sometimes cleared up the mystery. The photos of the theatre years in Stratford and London are real gems, and may just earn this book a place on my "keeper" shelf. It's really a work aimed at Judi Dench fans, though, rather than Judi Dench admirers, and I number myself amongst the latter.