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Review: Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd

By Francine Stock   June 2015

Alfred Hitchcockoriginal by Peter Ackroyd (Chatto & Windus, £12.99)

Plot was the motor for Hitchcock. He liked audiences to gasp and the cash to flow in at the box office. He was corpulent and Catholic and ready with filthy jokes when he was filming, especially when a leading lady was poised for her big scene. Plenty, both scurrilous and adulatory, has been published about the Master of Suspense, with several books already this year on the 35th anniversary of his death. Peter Ackroyd delivers both plot…

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