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My Turn: An Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Norman Wisdom
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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"A classic rags-to-riches saga" (The Spectator)

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A memoir of Britain's best-loved and most successful film comedian since Charlie Chaplin. (20020528)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (31 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TSW52U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible story 2 Jan 2003
Format:Hardcover
I do not reed a great number of books but after seeing Norman live on stage a couple of times (even at 87 he can still captivate an audience), I received this book for Christmas.
I read the book from beginning to end over a couple of days, which is unheard of for me.
His memory for his early years is amazing, his childhood experiences seem almost unbelievable, but what comes through most is his self belief which as becomes obvious drives him on through some truly awful events in his life which would have made may of us give up.
Once through his early years it is self confidence which drived him on to the levels that he reached in show business, the celebrities that he has met and got the respect of read like a who's who of the industry.
I can thoroughly recommend this as book to read, and hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I did...
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Laughter 9 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I got this audiobook as an early Christmas present from my wife as she knew i was a big fan of Norman Wisdom films, I was shocked and had no idea of the hardship this man went through but still came through with a smile on his face, dont get me wrong its not a gloomy book far from it you will laugh, cry and be satisfied you picked it up. I have this image in my mind when i think of Sir Norm the image of the shrunken suit but read the book to be pleasantly suprised on some of the things he has done and people he has met.......Thankyou Sir Norman for your book my favourite by far.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my aching sides 2 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
Once I started reading I could'nt put this book down, it is so addictive. Norman lays his life bare to us all, good and bad. From the slums of London to the heat of India, and finally to the warmth of our hearts. Norman Wisdom is a Genius, his work has been creative and inspiring. From his films and theater parts, I never knew he grew up with such hardships, this man deserves a pat on the back and a big hug from us all. Thank you Norman
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC - FUNNY - SAD - BRILLIANT READ 21 Sep 2007
By lmp123
Format:Hardcover
I originally brought this for my Dad and once he read it, I borrowed it back to read.

I started it this week on Wednesday evening and by Thursday at 9.15pm - I'd read all of it.

I LOVE Norman Wisdom and have grew up watching his films. I only have to see his face and I laugh.

He has lived such an amazing life and has gone through many hard times, but some wonderful ones too.

I was so sad to hear recently that he is in a nursing home on the Isle of Man and has Alzeimmers.

You will not be dissapointed with this book if you're a Norman Wisdom fan. Actually, even if your not, its still such an interesting story that you will NOT want to put down.

Lisa Perks
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Norman 13 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Norman and decided to buy his autobiography. When I saw that it was on audio cassette I decided to order that as it would be good to listen instead. Was I surprised when I received it to find that it was Norman who was doing the talking. What a lovely down to earth man - some parts make you want to cry and then others you laugh. A real insight into this funny little man. Someone who worked all his life to become a star. I would recommend the audio cassette. Brilliant!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars His voice in print 25 July 2011
By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a child I loved watching Norman Wisdom's films on the television, especially "The Early Bird" and "Trouble In Store", and would be incapacitated by laughter as a result of his antics. Remembering this I bought the book to read on my Kindle on holiday.

Some autobiographies are dull and lifeless, but this book actually comes across as being a transcript of his voice - you can hear him saying every line - and part of me thinks the co-author may have put a recorder in front of Norman, asked him to talk about a particular part of his life, left the room, and then typed it up afterwards. It's actually quite infectious, but sometimes a bit rambling and could have done with an edit in places. He also spends a long, long time covering his childhood and early life working on ships, to the expense of his career in films which actually felt rather rushed and glossed over, "The Early Bird" hardly being mentioned.

All in all it was an easy, enjoyable read but slightly disappointing in my opinion. If you're a serious fan you'll doubtless love it though due to the "voice" of the book and the stories focusing on his early life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Turn - Norman Wisdom 27 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
Loved this book tells Norman's story has sad parts but mainly funny he eserved his career he certainly put the effort in for it all :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Jan 2011
By aka.ben
Format:Paperback
What a star, seen the films, saw him on stage and now I've read the book, from the street to a national hero, we'll miss him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Norman Wisdom is always entertaining
I've always loved Norman Wisdom for his innocent slapstick comedy. I found his life story fascinating, especially considering his impoverished childhood and lack of parental... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Fran P
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Good Turn..
A Very Good Turn. I came to this book as a total fan of Norman Wisdom, like many I grew up on his Rank Films and his poignant pathos and mayhem brought both laughs and tears. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Richnsoul
5.0 out of 5 stars what a good read, he had a really bad life
what a good read, he had a really bad life, I'm surprised he kept so upbeat, I admire that man so much.
Published 10 days ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny but moving life story . Could not stop reading until the end
Published 20 days ago by alan b
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
Might read, enjoyed it down to the ground. May God rest Norman's sweet soul.
Published 1 month ago by HAWK
5.0 out of 5 stars The tears and laughter of a clown
As a child, Norman Wisdom was thrown across a room by a drunken father, who was rarely at home. INSPIRING
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Colin Eley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book a really funny man all his films made ...
Great book a really funny man all his films made me laugh seeing as his childhood was sad not knowing where he would end up sleeping rough and stealing food what a remarkable man ,
Published 1 month ago by Dee Chowney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good holiday read
Published 1 month ago by mr a watson
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this autobiography
I really enjoyed this autobiography. There was more to this funny man than met the eye. He was a legend.
Published 1 month ago by gordon macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars good humor: well worth a read
Very interesting read about a man that has come form sort comings, good humor: well worth a read
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