Little Did You Know, The Confessions Of David McGillivray: Book Review

David McGillivray

Little Did You Know, The Confessions Of David McGillivray: Book Review

The life of a film critic is one of excitement, danger and passion. At least that’s what they told me when I first became interested in writing reviews. Luckily, horror icon David McGillivray’s autobiography ‘Little Did You Know – The Confessions of David McGillivray’ tells the reader that with the right attitude and the right opportunities, your life can be anything you make of it.

McGillivray gives a very personal and meticulously detailed account of his life from very different standpoints. Some of them focus on his work while others tell of his friends, family and the relationships he’d rather not have.

Little Did You Know is also not just an allusion to the genre of seventies soft porn, something which he ventured into with ‘I’m Not Feeling Myself Tonight’, but is also a very fitting title as McGillivray’s autobiography very much reads in that way – a confession.

David McGillivray talks about the many different things he has done with his life, from writing film reviews, screenplays, acting in Edinburgh and even a little drug dealing on the side. His self-deprecating, dry wit never comes across as self-congratulatory and pompous as it might from others with bigger egos, but instead is quite the opposite as he talks about his life in a very matter of fact kind of way.

McGillivray’s accounts are often funny, deeply personal and occasionally punctuated with moments of bold honesty. A kind of honesty which never appear to be written to sensationalise his life, but rather his ‘confessions’ just seem to be the things that have been on his mind for a very long time. Thankfully, now that he has been given the opportunity to write it all down, hopefully he can finally feel at ease with them, an approach for an autobiography that is admirable.

For those expecting a tell-all tale of the debauched side of London’s hidden underground of sex, drugs and rock and roll then they may find themselves disappointed as McGillivray tells his story as he lived it and with very little flourish or exaggeration.

It may seem glamorous and racy when seen from afar, but as David McGillivray may suggest, life is just a series of successes and failures that just so happen to occur between the things that matter.

Also, having taken advice myself from McGillivray’s book, if he were to personally ask me what I thought of his autobiography then I would only have one thing to say. I loved it. You can quote me on that too (as long as you get my name right).

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