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Patsy Kensit
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10 Oct 2013

Patsy Kensit is one of our most-loved actresses, a child star who grew up in the public eye and has remained there ever since. Her life has been a roller-coaster mix of adventure, drama and heartache, and it is only now that she finally feels ready to share her journey so far in this long-awaited autobiography.

In Absolute Beginner Patsy describes her extraordinary childhood, moving between the glamour of filming movies with Elizabeth Taylor and Mia Farrow and the tiny London council flat she shared with her parents and brother. Even as her career was taking off, she was living with the devastating knowledge of her beloved mother's incurable cancer and was forced to hide her father's criminal past. She also writes about the ups and downs of life as an actress in a career that has spanned four decades, from her roles in films like the iconic Absolute Beginners, Lethal Weapon 2, 21 and Oscar-nominated Angels and Insects to playing the uber bitch Sadie King in Emmerdale and, most recently, starring in Holby City. Vivid, intimate and touching, Absolute Beginner reveals the real Patsy - a warm and funny woman who is the ultimate survivor.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283071915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283071911
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patsy Kensit is one of our most-loved actresses, a child star who grew up in the public eye and has remained there ever since. From hiding her father's criminal past and coping with her mother's illness as a child, to pop stardom, finding fame in Hollywood, and her more recent popular turns in Emmerdale and Holby City, Patsy opens up for the first time about her extraordinary life in the spotlight.

Vivid, intimate and touching, Absolute Beginner reveals the real Patsy - the woman behind the headlines. In her own words, she describes her marriages and the joys of motherhood along with the heartbreak of losing her parents and her personal battles with weight and anxiety. She talks about those who matter most in her life and how they have given her the strength to dust herself off and start again.

Sweet, funny and endearingly honest, Patsy Kensit is the ultimate survivor, and this is her inspirational autobiography.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patsy Kensit is an actress, model and beauty columnist who started working at the age of four. Her amazing career has taken her from Hollywood movies to the world of pop, has seen her grace the front of Vogue and Vanity Fair and conquer British television with leading roles in Emmerdale and Holby City.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For me, an eye opener 24 Oct 2013
I loved this. I'm not a Patsy Kensit 'fan', to be honest I've only ever associated her with Emmerdale and marriage to Liam Gallagher but then I'm only young so most of the things she writes about here occurred either before I was born or was too young to take notice of. Sadie King is one of my favourite ever Emmerdale characters though and I was interested to see what she wrote about the Krays and her father's criminal past. About the Krays, not so much, her father's past a little bit but nothing too informative.

She writes about how when she was growing up people assumed that she was a rich kid from a privileged background and to be honest I thought the same. In fact it turns out that she comes from a very poor background and has fought for everything that she has got. It's crazy to imagine this young girl from a poor area of London flying across the world to work with Elizabeth Taylor but that's what Patsy did and I think it's amazing. I had no idea of the acting background that she's had and just how many films and TV shows she has been in. Okay a lot of them may have been small roles but some of them were major roles and with some of the biggest names in the business at that time.

I enjoyed reading the chapters about her previous relationships especially the one with Liam. She didn't really slate him too much or place too much emphasis on the bad times however but then how much of what the press wrote is true is questionable as Patsy warns the reader in the book. Patsy came across as friendly and lovely in the book, which is how she appears in real life. She is very honest about the problems she has faced in her life, including her battle with weight and the negative reaction she often received from colleagues.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only scrapes the surface 8 Nov 2013
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I couldn't wait to read this book - so many questions re Patsy's relationships and personal life whilst married to Oasis frontman - I didn't get any of this. I seemed to remember Patsy going into rehab in the late '90's but then thought I must have imagined it as nothing of this nature was was covered in the book. When I googled she had been to rehab - but there is no mention of her battle with drugs etc. Her last marriage wasn't even detailed (as in why it went wrong) - which was another of the many questions I wanted to be answered (and there were no children from that marriage that had to be considered when writing). The book is just a detailed account of her career - which is obviously fine if that's what you're interested in reading about. Unfortunately - I'm not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read 18 Oct 2013
By lizzie
I've always liked Patsy and after reading this I like her more. She's lived life and the book is full of witty anecdotes. As a previous reviewer said she doesn't 'dish the dirt' or blame anyone for her relationship breakdowns, she acknowledges the good in others and that sometimes she made bad choices. She's a family girl who adored her parents, and loves her brother, pals and most of all her sons. I wish her good luck for the future, lovely lady.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Peas to Premiers, a class act all the way! 11 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am just a couple of years younger than Patsy Kensit and have always been fascinated by her. I remember her face from the TV as a young girl, but she really shot to fame when Absolute Beginners came out. I remember that time well - she was literally everywhere. Over the years I have pieced together what I have known about her, but after she did the TV show unearthing some of her family roots I did hope she would put pen to paper. Patsy pulls no punches in describing her early days and the contrast between living in poverty and making films with Elizabeth Taylor is stark, and I enjoyed learning more about her childhood. The most interesting marriage in the book isn't even Patsy's, it is the relationship between her parents which is perplexing and very much of its time. Patsy is respectful of her father but lets the reader know that her father's life on the fringes of crime was something she would never want for her own children. What shines most in the book is Patsy's love for her mother, who was ill for most of Patsy's childhood and seems a remarkable character, ferrying Patsy to film sets, visiting her husband in prison, constantly fighting off cancer....now hers is a life story I would also like to read! We are so used to warts-and-all accounts of lives and marriages these days, and this book is quite tame in describing Patsy's married life. If you are looking for sex, and drugs n' rock and roll you won't find it here. As a result, you still feel you don't get to know Patsy as much as you would like to. However, I think it is in deference to her relationship to her sons that she hasn't bad-mouthed any of her husbands, and that's unusual in this day and age. My only disappointment is that there weren't more photos, as I do think they always add to a good story. I enjoyed this book, and well done to Patsy, who is a lady right to the very last page!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading, highly recommended. 15 Jan 2014
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Glad to have bought is good reading. I love to read about people who are in the headlines who, after reading about them, you understand that they are just like you really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patsy Kensit 8 Jan 2014
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Very honest, I feel I got to know the real Patsy. did not realise Patsy worked in so many films whether good or bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Disappointing 19 May 2014
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I was really looking forward to reading this book but unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations.
I feel it was self indulgent, safe and lacked the real 'meat' and 'bones' of PK's life.
Maybe it has been written more for her children to read which is why it lacked any real grit or depth. Who is to know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves
Patsy Kensit was a child star, therefore she's not even hit fifty yet and there's a whole load to learn about her life. Read more
Published 13 days ago by SilentSinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
Enjoyed the book very much. Her stories were very interesting and she came across as someone I would love to go and have a drink and a laugh with. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Zelda
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Amazing true story couldn't have been made up and to have and worked with do many amazing people. Read it you won't be disappointed
Published 1 month ago by Miss Sarah Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Beginner
A brilliant read every spare moment my head was in the book well done Patsy Kensit, glad you are OK
Published 1 month ago by Joyceyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Absolutely loved this book :) really interesting and lovely memories from patsy! Makes you realise she's a real person x
Published 1 month ago by Joanne perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Was interested to read about Patsy's life. Really interesting, especially being such a young childhood star and then the rock and roll marriages. A Good read!!
Published 1 month ago by Susan 4822
4.0 out of 5 stars Paula. MAY 12 5 2014
Great book at last got to know Patsy she really opened her heart about her life very interesting reading would recommend to everyone was an easy read and not a book u can easily... Read more
Published 2 months ago by roxy
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
i bought it for a friend and they are happy with the item and delivery was spot on too .
Published 2 months ago by tracy hammersley
2.0 out of 5 stars Patsy Kensit Autobiography
No revelations, what's the point of an autobiography if you're not telling the whole story, may as well have been called Patsy Kensit the working years! Disappointed to be honest
Published 2 months ago by PAULA
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This was a very interesting and honest book . It was a great read and i would recommend to any one
Published 2 months ago by Rob Gregory
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