This account of Toyah's life reveals how she was bullied at school for being dyslexic, got into the drug culture, found love in a lasting marriage, lost all her money in the Lloyd's scandal and learned to be positive through it all.
Many themes run simultaneously throughout the book. Toyah has been battling with what could be described as inner demons nearly all her life, yet grappling with these has also been an essential driving force behind her hugely ambitious nature. Amongst other things, "Living Out Loud" is an inspiration to any creative individual finding themselves struggling with emotional and psychological darkness. A strong spirituality has helped Toyah through one crisis after another, even though this spirituality sometimes sits rather awkwardly next to her passionate and at times obsessive ambition.
There are countless little recollections featuring friends, family, fans and the rich and famous. Many of them are very funny. Her meetings with Katharine Hepburn and Sting in her early punk days are two that stick in the mind. Later on there is her involvement with the Royal Family Its A Knockout and a visit to Buckingham Palace. At the other end of the social scale, Toyah's account of her acting tour of prisons is thought provoking stuff on a different level. The last few chapters feature her unorthodox marriage to another seemingly unstoppable individual, Mister Robert Fripp, a hero of mine as it happens.
I strongly recommend this book. Just one thing though... Toyah doesn't mention Teletubbies once...!