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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (19 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755312848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755312849
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[A] frank and funny portrait of the endearing Scottish beastie' (Daily Telegraph)

'Stephenson has produced another entertaining and insightful book about the Big Yin' (Express)

'An entertaining, vivid and intimate portrait of Billy, which is candid enough to remind you why you wouldn't want to be married to the loveable madman' (Australian Women's Weekly)

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Sequel to the 'book of the year' million-copy bestseller, BILLY, and reissued to coincide with the ITV tie-in, BILLY CONNOLLY: JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Billy was an excellent book, a rags to riches story of a kind, brave and generous man. Unfortunately Bravemouth is a riches and more riches story, covering a recent year in the Scottish comics life. Whilst it still highlights at times what a great man Billy Connolly is, because of the lifestyle he and his wife have now earned unfortunately the book is more an insight into how the rich and famous live than anything.
If you want to understand Billy Connolly and how he has become the man he is today, read Billy. If you want to know what it's like to be part of a family of a celebrity, read Bravemouth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howdy Cowgirl! on 24 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I must say I am in total agreement with the other posters who were disappointed with this book - what a contrast to 'Billy' which I thoroughly enjoyed! The saddest thing about this book is that it's kind of made me dislike both Billy Connolly (whose comedy used to make me roar with laughter) and Pamela Stephenson who I'd come to quite like after seeing her endeavours on 'Strictly..'
Neither comes across very well in this book which is a bit of a 'puff piece' really - it's got very little substance and meanders about all over the place. Stephenson comes across as supercillious and pompous and Connolly as terribly self-consciously eccentric and a bit unpleasant (hanging about laughing at 'the public' at large? Urgh!). Maybe constantly being told how brilliant and wonderful you are makes you disappear up yourself? I don't know, although arguably his stand-up has lost its greatness, now that it's mostly centred around how rich and famous he is these days and a desperate urge to shock. Sadly, 'Bravemouth' has put me off them both - so if you're a fan, definately avoid. This will add nothing to your understanding of why Connolly is funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oldlongdog on 1 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like another reviewer here I was given this book, although I might have been tempted to buy it having read 'Billy' by the same author.

Bravemouth does not reveal much about its subject that most of us don't already know from his numerous appearances on TV or from reading the previous book. As a psychiatric professional I wanted Pamela Stephenson to show us more of Billy Connolly's real personality but she's his wife too, so one could hardly expect her to spread him out on the mental dissection table for all the world to see. Which begs the question; why write it at all?

Whatever its shortcomings as a literary idea, Bravemouth still offers the reader something of an insight into life 'chez' Connolly and, as the subtitle is 'Living with Billy Connolly' it's hardly surprising that it is written from Pamela Stephenson's perspective (she's the one living with him, right?). Approached with that in mind the book is much more revealing about her than him, only there is not enough of that either! She's a witty, intelligent person with a full life of her own and I'd have liked to see a lot more of her insights into her own life with Billy. But she skates lightly over them (where they appear at all), and I am left feeling that a great deal remains concealed.

So my main criticism of this book is that there is not enough 'meat' in it. It's an affectionate tribute from a loving wife to a loveable husband. It reads like a very long version of one of those letters one sometimes gets with a Christmas card detailing the minor tribulations and successes of the sender's family over the previous year. One does not get the deeper, darker episodes that we all endure and then hide from everyone else.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ben Clark on 2 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
The previous comments sum this book up perfectly.

I bought a book about Billy Connolly to read about Billy Connolly.

Who cares about Pamela Stephenson's own travels through India?

How she chooses to decorate the interior of her Maltese house?

How she misses Australia so much, especially the food?

The history of the Maltese Knights of Valletta?

How she began her stage career at 5 years old in a ballet production of the teddy bear's picnic?

and wet herself on stage?

How she once had to do a scene that involved taking down someones trousers on TV?

Her experiences feeding sharks in Bora Bora?

Who cares? I dont want to know any of this stuff, but I have to wade through pages of it to get to the good stuff.

She spends pages telling you how she researched transgendered people in Samoa! People who cut their own genitals off. She basically rehashes stuff that she has read in a other book, passing it off as professional research, and you are never going to forget that she is a psychologist because she reminds you of that fact at least once every 2 pages, and on the back cover. At least 30% of this book has nothing whatsoever to do with Billy Connolly.

This book is a vehicle for her, and its such a shame as, the events in Billy Connolly's 60th year sound so interesting. If only she would stick to the point, and realise that being married to an interesting person does not make your life interesting too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheshnoo on 15 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I did 'get' this book. It's basically a year in the life of the Connolleys, like a diary but with flashbacks and nuggets of personal information about Billy eg his seasickness and attitude to water & the sea and everyday life comments.

I loved 'Billy' when it came out and knew this would not come close if I read it straight after, my instincts were right. A friend gave it to me and it has been sat on the shelf for many years. I wanted to read it but I'm glad I waited a good while after Billy before reading it.

Pamela obviously loves to write and wasnt satisfied after she had finished Billy and wanted to mark BC's 60th year. I thought the bits about his birthday party were a bit tiresome and the anonymising of celebrity friends was a drag (what's wrong with naming them as plenty of other celebs got a mention). It is otherwise an ok book with some laughs, ideal as a holiday read, it gave insight into BCs charity work and his compassionate nature. It is a celebrity biog but BC has earned his wealth and Pamela has supported him to achieve this. Good on them both I say.

One thing this book has definitely done is increased my awareness of beige and encouraged me to always wear more colours.
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