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Norman Wisdom
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3 July 2003
Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother, ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his mantle and who went on to make millions laugh around the world for over five decades. Here are the hardships, tragedies and triumphs that gave him his inspiration. From the days working the seasons at Scarborough, to the unforgettable and endearing character Norman Pitkin - the little man in a tight fitting suit, read of his rapid climb up the showbiz ladder.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099446766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099446767
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars REFUND ENQUIRY
We wrote to u some time ago regarding this purchase as we were charged for 2 of these and did not need two of theses please can you compensate us for this error? Many thanks
Published 1 month ago by Luisa Benfleet
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent read interesting life story especially the beginning with Normans tough childhood ,would recommend
Sir Norman Wisdom. Had a very full and interesting life
Published 2 months ago by David Lumbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Never give up
From rags to riches, a pure demonstration of human spirit, this man was incredible, and rightly deserves to be a National Treasure
Published 3 months ago by D.L.Bloor
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I love my collection set of only fools and horses. Its brand new as described. It arrived on time. Excellent service would definitely recommend to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by gail m bromwich
4.0 out of 5 stars Norman Wisdom
Even though always loved Norman learnt a lot about him in this autobiography, nearly finished reading now & loved it
Published 3 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars good
great book lots of laughs norman wisdom is a very funny man xx will defo get another book of his
Published 3 months ago by V M Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
This amazing book you cant put down, Norman struggled through his childhood walking the streets with his brother getting food where they could also without shoes, walking from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I turned to read this life story
Enlightening, entertaining and inspiring. One of the best and most rewarding biographies I've read throughout my six decades of reading.
Published 5 months ago by Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars Norman Wisdom
What a fantastic book. He certainly lived an exciting life after a bad start to his upbringing. He is so funny!! I loved him.
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved watching his films so thought I would read the book and loved this too Norman wisdom IS a legend.
Published 6 months ago by andrew t preedy
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