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Paul O Grady s third volume of autobiography is tinged with a kind of autumn sadness as so many of the astonishing characters it features are no longer with us At the same time it s just as sharp witty and acked with anecdote as either of the Captain China Volume 1 previousarts What sets O Grady apart from run of the mill ghosted celebrity twaddle is the he s genuinely interested in other eople than himself So while there s a fine sprinkling of famous als Cilla Beryl Biggins et al the stories about ordinary eople his Mum Auntie Anne Vera Lalley Chrissie Murphy and of
Course Our Vera Are Every Bit As Our Vera are every bit as funny It s also a huge nostalgia trip if
you re an 80s ueen like me and some of the eople and re an 80s ueen like me and some of the eople and I knew as well as Paul did Remembering Rose Marie a genuine case of so bad she s good amateur drag from halcyon days of the Vauxhall Tavern an
Unprepossessing Little Irish Guy With Buck Teeth Who Was Brutally little Irish guy with buck teeth who was brutally to death on the one occasion he got lucky down the bars brought a lump to my throat And just over the age I was roaring at an account of Black Cap doyenne Regina Fong s misadventures with a stolen bicycle in Amsterdam resulting in a rescue by a rubber fetishist who did unspeakable things to the fabled Last of the Romanovs on a houseboat It s a lost world which O Grady recalls with warmth and gusto and even if you only read this to find out about how his behemoth Lily Savage came into the world you ll get drawn into a bit of living history For the drag ueens as O Grady opines are the much maligned bit of the gay entertainment world despite their huge Past Lives, Future Lives popularity in ourubs and clubs the timid London Pride didn t allow them on its main stage till 1990 out of rigid and self defeating Love with Every Beat political correctness and then only Lily owing to herost modern tag Yet during a CPA Australia - Advanced Taxation particularly dark and threateningeriod of our history Adrella Regina Hush the Trollettes and most of all Lilian Maeve Veronica Savage kept us going like a wartime ENSA all of their own making us laugh whilst simultaneously railing against the If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, police authorities religious types and Thatcher who wanted to beat and cow us into submission and silenceThere should be no sign of this juggernaut stopping despite the author srotestations that three is Paul O'Grady shot to fame via his brilliant comic creation the blonde bombsite Lily Savage In the first two arts of his bestselling and critically acclaimed autobiography Paul took us through his childhood in Birkenhead to his first teetering steps on stage Now in Still Standing for the first time he brings us the no holds barred true story of Lily and the. Nough he really only scratches the surface of life in the big time in this volume and gives tantalising hints of things that happened after and we need to know about Robbie Willliams on the Big Breakfast bed Blankety Blank and what he really thought of Richard and Judy s wine club As Private Eye said of an earlier O Grady memoir you start to wonder why all celebrity autobiographies can t be like this Well they could start by trying to write them themselves Jordan Katona and Rooney Genesis please note I love Paul he s so acid with his humour This book is just as good as his tworevious ones Brilliant could not ut it down Paul is the best I have just finished reading Paul O Grady s 3rd instalment of his autobiography which has left me with mixed feelingsI really enjoyed the
stories of erforming around the uk in various of A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry performing around the UK in various acts and groups The tales are set before Lilly found her legs and won the admiration and affection of the Gay scene and theublic through his TV shows I loved the tales of interactions the Six Days put down lines and the description of the diveslayed It guaranteed a few looks on the tube because of the smile I have long been a fan of Paul O Grady and have read his Awareness previous two books At My Mother s Knee The Devil Rides Out He always makes me laugh and I love his open honesty He s not afraid to say what he thinks and I admire thatThis book starts in the years just before Lily Savage came about Paul spends his time doing drag acts in seedyubs and clubs with his friends this book is acked with "REMINISCENT TALES OF THEIR ADVENTURES SUCCESSES " tales of their adventures successes failures With a host of characters that would fit in well with any soap opera you ll be laughing and crying throughout this book Written with all of O Grady s charm and wit this book reads just as if he was talking to you and offers an in depth look into his world and how he got to where he is todayThis book covers a lot of years of Paul s life however I was a bit disappointed that it didn t cover the years that he did Blankety Blank on TV as that was when I really got to know Lily Savage when I was growing up In some ways this book covers some of Paul s sadder years he goes through a lot of losses and deaths but somehow still manages to remain his determi. Rocky road to stardomPaul ulls no Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work punches in this tale of bar room brawls drunken escapades and liaisons dangereuses And that’s just backstage at the Panto Along the way we stop off at some extremely dodgyubs and clubs and meet a collection of exotic characters who made the world a louder brighter and hilarious lace From the chaos of the Toxteth riot.
Free download Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook æ Paul OGradyNed selfI m not a mass fan of autobiographies I have to be really interested in the erson and I have to say Paul O Grady s are always a joy to read He s said that he has only lanned
for 3 but I hope he does another one This book does contain material that t3 but I he does another one This book does contain material that isn t for younger audiences including drugs sex and a bit of violence Funny and well written which is a rare thing in a autobiography Captures London in a time gone by And who doesn t like a bit of drag I have read the revious offerings from Paul and I think he was right to split his life up like this and be able to tell stories The first two made me laugh out loud but this one didn t It was excellent though Of course he has struggled and this book does tell of some of the struggles and his indecision whether to carry on with Lily when things got tough I have read some reviews and some Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity people felt that it wasn t cheery and as funny as hisrevious book containing a lot of deaths Well he s a gay man in his 50s his mother
passed away and he s lost lots of friends due to AIDS so I was not surprisedaway and he s lost lots of friends due to AIDS so I was not surprised I do believe it has made a lot of My Curvy Valentine (Perfect Fit, people think back to those times and I do remember all the rubbish that was going on at the timeThere were comments t This is the second biography by Paul O Grady I have read and he really does know how to tell a story This is another entertaining read that will bring a smile to your face as he relates the Lily Savage years Told in his uniue humorous and endearing style this is a very funny read but tinged with a few moving stories along the wayWhen a book opens with a story about a naked dwarf tugging on someone s uilt moaning that they can t get into the toilet because a drunk Snow White hasassed out behind the door you know what sort of book you are going to read The humorous stories keep coming and it is easy to imagine Paul O Grady telling them in his own genuine wayA heart warming collection of anecdotes from a man who knows how to tell a story Another brilliant read Very sad in Attainment (Temptation, places but a good read Another great book from Paul O Grady Frank honest you can almost hear him saying it Bit repetitive inlaces but genuinely down to earth It s obviously been wrote with care and sentiment which shines through. S and the Vauxhall Tavern Hatred in the belly police raid to the mystery of who shot Skippy and the great chipan fire of Victoria Mansions Paul emerges shaken but not stirred Still Standing will make you laugh and make you cry Some of the stories might even make your hair curl But it stands as a glorious tribute to absent friends and to a world which has now all but vanished.