A terrific book if you want to find out what I wise, knowledgeable and imaginative man Frederic Raphael is. Stanley Kubrick is in it too, but only as a supporting character.
Even so, there was some interesting stuff in it. Like for instance, Kubrick lived in a huge house that also contained a movie studio, and there were different rooms with different buffets, so he could offer his guests sumptuous meals. But Raphael never saw any servants whenever he met with Kubrick in the house. Or how Raphael had a firm policy of doing absolutely no work on a screenplay until he had a signed contract stipulating what his duties were and how much he was to be paid. Just a lot of oddball things like that, that give you an inside look at how very wealthy and privileged people live and work.
I enjoyed this book, but you've got to be very generous with Raphael, who cannot resist showing off his erudition. Kubrick ended up making major modifications to Raphael's script, so you have to read a few pages of Raphael lamenting that Kubrick was too dim to appreciated Raphael's mastery. There is lots of stuff like that.