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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (27 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297864998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297864998
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Lumley was an army daughter, born in post-war Kasmir before growing up in the south of England. Most recently she has appeared on the West End stage in La Bete.

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There is a Joanna Lumley for everyone: there's beautiful angelic Joanna, hot sexy Joanna, Kick-ass "Purdey" Joanna, heroic single mum Joanna, comic genius Joanna and crusading Gurkha-saver Joanna. And thanks to her habit of insanely hoarding everything from bales of cloth to old wrapping paper, she has pictures of every incarnation, which are lushly reproduced in her immensely fun scrapbook-memoir, Absolutely. (EVENING STANDARD)

Her beauty does not fade and her unquenchable spirit for adventure seems more apparent than ever. Joanna Lumley is, for many, something of a national treasure. In this new illustrated memoir, we trot through her childhood in Kashmir...to her days of modelling in the Swinging Sixties and her move into acting. Luckily for fans, Lumley is a committed hoarder so there is a wealth of fantastic photographs and press cuttings to feast upon. (DAILY EXPRESS)

Mischievous and measured, Joanna Lumley gives us a remarkable portrait of a groovy life...Lots of facts, little hyperbole and a pervasive sense of self effacement, a very British talent for understatement and self-deprecation and (and this, in an age of vomit-into-the-void celebrity culture is perhaps what stands out and pleases the most) restraint...that makes this such a refreshing read...she gives us the facts - and photographs - from a life astonishingly rich in experience. (Sarah Vine THE TIMES)

A full-page photograph at the begining of Joanna Lumley's glossy memoir shows the nation's darling in full evening dress, wearing a glittering tiara...crimson sash and gold star...The portrait captures perfectly the mixture of poshness and larkiness that has captivated Joanna Lumley's audiences...Tempting as it is to concentrate on the wealth of photographs, it would be a pity to ignore the linking text. Joanna writes beautifully, managing to be both thoughtful and amusing. (Jane Shilling DAILY MAIL)

Lumley has done it all, from sex kitten and TV star to activist for the Gurkhas. Read about it here.' - No.2 of The Independent's 'Ten Best New Memoirs (THE INDEPENDENT)

An actress with an extraordinarily varied life that has taken her from Kashmir to kent, from Bond girl to Ab Fab. It's all here in this gloriously illustrated, entertaining memoir, that's packed with personal photos and reminiscences. (WOMAN & HOME)

Joanna Lumley's Absolutely is what Alan Sugar would probably call "a breath of fresh air in a world full of c***". Like Winner and Sugar, she has published memoirs before, and so this is a picture book, with words - thousands of pictures of Lumley as a child, a model, an actress, and as her dark ego Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous....She writes beautifully, too; unlike the authors above, she does not scream into the Dictaphone but respects her readers enough to compose sentences and read back over them when she has finished. (Tanya Gold THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

She's the glamorous age-defying star of stage and screen, who is famous as Patsy from Ab Fab yet a passionate human rights campaigner. But as her autobiography reveals, Joana's life has seen her fight through poverty and being a single mum (BEST)

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The absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley opens her private albums for this illustrated memoir.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Asher on 14 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am not an autobiography reader, but Joanna Lumley is such an incredible human being I had to buy this.
From an early age I have been a fan of Ms Lumley.
When I was a child she was captivating as Purdey in The New Avengers (as well as the famous hairstyle), then Sapphire & Steel, on to Absolutely Fabulous, and many more in between!! She is a fascinating, compassionate person. You need only read about her fight for justice for the Gurkhas! She continues to blaze a trail for women of all ages!!
Ms Lumley's current TV program "Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey" is must see TV!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Brown on 13 Oct. 2011
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I absulutely love this book, like Joanna it is "absolutely fabulous"! It is full of wonderful photos and stories about her life, she really is one of Britain's "treasures". She has done so many wonderful things in her life, so glad she has shared all this with us and that I have this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs B on 22 Nov. 2011
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I thought it was a very wry account, full of the tongue in cheek, sometimes self depricating humour that makes Joanna Lumley so entertaining and real. I liked her tendency to pause and examine seemingly small details about episodes in her life. I also like the way she is interested in other people and their human situations, rather than focusing on herself all the time like so many celebrities do which makes them so tedious and boring.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Sue' Bradshaw on 4 Oct. 2011
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This is a fabulous book, stuffed full of glorious pictures of Joanna, covering her life and career, I didn't realise how much she'd packed in until skimming through this lovely tome, picked it up in the bookshop and couldn't put it down, a must for all fans of this beguiling talented lady, couldn't recommend it more highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xiu xiu on 1 July 2012
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I have admired Joanna Lumley since I was a young girl. I have always thought that she was a very compassionate and openly expressive person. Having read her book, Absolutely: A Memoir certainly confirms these thoughts and I feel that she has let me get to know her personaly and I haven't been dissapointed in the least. Her personality is expressed in every word on every page and it has been a pure joy to spend the hours with her, travelling though distant lands that have been home for her for a great part of her life and sharing those deep affections for her close family members. I would happily recommend this book to anyone who wants to finish the read with that warm cosy feeling you only get from spending time with a true and close friend. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arnie Ross on 17 Jan. 2014
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Disappointing read. Many periods of her life skipped over too easily. What should have been an interesting read for such a full and exciting life left me feeling much had been left out or skimmed over. Too much held back for this to be a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rita cardwell on 26 July 2014
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Well written & as dignified as the lady herself.A lot of family background information as she does call it a Memoir,I found that hard to keep up with at times & had to keep flicking back the pages which I do find annoying.If not for that it would probably got 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thestarandangel on 25 Jan. 2012
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This is a must for all Ms. Lumley fans. The book is well put together full of interesting facts about her life so far including childhood, family, as well as career. The pages are full of lovely photographs. I would 100% recommend this book.
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