Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman by Alan Rickman

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights books soon to be released, the ones we’re excited about but haven’t read yet. It’s hosted by Wishful Endings, and was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine. Y’all can check out all of this week’s Can’t-Wait Wednesday posts here.

  • Title: Madly, Deeply
  • Author: Alan Rickman
  • Genre: Memoir
  • Release Date: October 18, 2022


Harry Potter and Sense and Sensibility actor Alan Rickman builds upon his legacy as a world-class actor, a tireless political activist, an avid traveler, and more through his diaries—a twenty-five-year passion project in which Rickman invites readers backstage and into his life.

Alan Rickman remains the one of the most beloved actors of all time across almost every genre in the American and British markets, from his breakout role as Die Hard’s Hans Gruber to his heart-wrenching run as Professor Severus Snape, and beyond. His air of dignity, his sonorous voice, and the knowing wit he brought to each role have captivated viewers across nearly every generation alive today.

But Rickman’s artistry wasn’t confined to just his performances. Fans of movies, theater, and memoirs at large will delight in the intimate experience of Rickman detailing the extraordinary and the ordinary in a way that is “anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid.” He grants us access to his thoughts and insights on theater performances, the craft of acting, politics, friendships, work projects, and his general musings on life. The Rickman Diaries was written with the intention to be shared, and reading it feels as if Rickman is chatting to a close friend.

My thoughts:

Alan Rickman has been one of my favorite actors since Die Hard. Who thinks Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Leave a comment with your thoughts. My thoughts on that: it’s not Christmas until somebody drops the Hans!

But I digress. Anyway, from Die Hard to Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to the Harry Potter series, Rickman was always a treat to watch on the movie screen. A lot of the time, he played the villain, and did a great job of it. I’m looking forward to reading this book to learn a little more about him, because I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the bad guy in real life.

What about you? Do you like a good memoir? Are you interested in reading this one? Discuss in the comments!

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6 Responses to Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman by Alan Rickman

  1. sjhigbee says:

    He was one of my favourite actor, too. And frankly – he stole the show in the Harry Potter films. It was Snape’s death and personal tragedy that had me weeping hardest of all, even though I also shed a tear at the death of Dobby. But yes – his performances were always memorable. I have to say – if there was an Audible edition of this offering, I’d buy it in a heartbeat, just to hear his wonderful voice recounting his own life!

  2. Cindy Davis says:

    I don’t often read memoirs. I hope you enjoy this one when you get a chance to read it.

  3. Greg says:

    I liked him in so many films. He was so fun in Prince of Thieves and also Sense and sensibility.

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