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Paul O'Grady: The Biography: The Biography | Paperback

Released on 07 April 2008

Author: Neil Simpson | Format: Paperback

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Comedian, teatime talk show host and all-round entertainer, multi-award winning Paul O'Grady is one of the most popular figures on British television. But his real-life journey has been more dramatic than any of his on-stage stories. Born into a noisy Irish Catholic household in Birkenhead, Paul was always determined to live a colourful life. He was a boxing champion as a boy. He became a dad as a teenager. He has been a barman in a brothel and spent his first years in London working as a carer to some of the capital's most at-risk kids. In this, the first major biography of the star, Neil Simpson reveals the extraordinary highs and the terrible lows of Paul's life. He explains: how Lily Savage was born as a way to make more money - and help Paul take his mind off the horrors he saw every day as a social worker; how tough it was for the 'blonde bombsite from Birkenhead' to break into the entertainment mainstream; and, why Paul decided to risk everything by throwing off Lily's wig and carving out a new career as himself. The depression, the private grief and the near fatal heart attacks that struck as Paul re-invented himself as the funniest and most successful chat show host in the country. Frequently hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad, Paul O'Grady has always lived his life on a rollercoaster of emotions. Today he is a proud grandfather, a multimillionaire and a man loved by millions of devoted fans. This is his incredible story.

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 Paul O'Grady The Biography

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Ihad looked forward to reading his book, as soon as i knew it is was to be realeased, and I was certainly not disappointed.
The book showed what a down to earth and unselfish person Paul is. It had laughter and tears.
A great read.

 emotional

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this books makes you laugh , cry, you go through every emotion possilbe , sometimes you feel paul is talking to you, instead of reading it , its written so down to earth there are no heirs and graces ,paul says it as it is, he decribes how it took years for his confidence ,to beleive what people said about him was true, he was popular and loved .his love for his family,and friends,his little messages to his partner, while he was on air, how he joked with the nurses when he was ill, i would love to meet this lovely man and be proud to have him as my friend, all in all a great read ,that you can pick up any time and know you will enjoy, if you have a long flight this will make it go quick as you won't want to put it down .

 Fantastic

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Couldn't put this down. A fantastic book, giving an emotional and funny look into the world of Paul O'Grady. Sad in parts and hilarious in others. A very worthwhile book to read. Well recommended.

 paul o' grady

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Brilliant book and a very easy read, did not put it down it goes right through the stages in his life through the ups and downs and just shows what a brave man he actually is good holiday book.

 Very enjoyable read

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Always liked Paul O'Grady, thinking of him as the daft scouser on the tv at tea-time, but this book shows us there's so much more to him. Very easy to read, funny but also very moving. Ideal for a Sunday afternoon chill-out.

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AuthorNeil Simpson
PublisherBlake Publishing (United Kingdom)
Year2008
ISBN9781844545773
FormatPaperback - 288 Pages
Illustrationscol. ports