Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger
by William J. Mann
Billboard Books. 628 pages, $27.95
AS RESEARCH for Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger, author William J. Mann befriended the famed film director and became his documentarian during the last two years of Schlesinger’s life as a stroke patient in Palm Springs. As a result, there is a loose, conversational tone to the book that places it somewhere between biography and memoir. The effect makes for a pleasurable read—easy, chatty, and filled with incident. You feel you know John Schlesinger when this book is over.