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Our Betty

Our Betty [Kindle Edition]

Liz Smith
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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"Charming, effortless, honest and tinged with sadness. As we imagine Liz is, it's slightly batty but utterly lovely." -- Gay Times, March 2006

"Threaded through with her struggles, the book shines with Smith's enthusiasm and idiosyncratic observations." -- Good Housekeeping, March 2006

'Typically idiosyncratic... shot through with shafts of broad comedy. It's difficult not to gobble it all up in one go' -- Sunday Telegraph

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Liz Smith, once called the nation's favourite fictional grandmother, is a familiar face to all TV and cinema viewers. She is most often recognised for her role of Nana in The Royle Family and has appeared in numerous productions over the years. OUR BETTY is Liz's life story - from her cosseted yet lonely childhood with her beloved grandparents (her mother died giving birth to Liz's stillborn sibling), through the war with the WRENS, marriage and children, divorce and poverty, long years working in dead-end jobs such as in a plastic bag factory, until her heavenly escape of evening acting classes provided the chance for a career. While working at Hamley's one Christmas ('I was one of those tiresome people who stop you and beg you to try samples of this and that'), she received a phone call from a young director who wanted to make an improvised film. His name was Mike Leigh and the film Bleak Moments. From that point, when Liz was 50, her career took off and she has worked with some of the most famous names in the entertainment business. OUR BETTY is, like its author, original, amusing and fascinating on the struggles, hopes and successes endemic of a life in front of the camera.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9E82
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book-well worth a read!! 8 May 2007
This book is exceptionally well written.Liz Smith tells the tale of her life by weaving us through her story, and what an interesting and packed life she has led.As we meander with her on the trip down memory lane,she paints a vivid picture for us the reader and we are left with a feeling of enormous satisfaction upon finishing the book.There are no scandalous revelations here,no fuss or pomposity-just a life laid down on paper.And that's the appeal.It's not a hefty tome by any stretch of the imagination-most people will read this in a few hours.Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going places 15 May 2007
It was that comment on 'Forrest Gump' versus 'Gilbert Grape' that had me nodding furiously in agreement!

I have 'upstairs books' and 'downstairs books' so there's always something to read. But this was one that travelled the stairs with me, as I couldn't bear to put it down. The editors had the good sense to stay true to the author's voice, I think, so the writing adds up to more than its number of words. If this lady does not become a Dame, as they suggest, I might even eat one of Letitia's toothpaste cakes....
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fame begins at 50 7 April 2007
Liz Smith, now well known for her role as Nanna in the Royle family as well as being in a familiar face in The Vicar Of Dibley didn't find fame in the acting world till she was 50. Left on her own after her husband leaves her to bring up 2 young children she does a variety of jobs to try and make ends meet. The most precious thing she has which her grandma told her to always keep was a house, for which her grandma left provision in her will. Liz was brought up by her grandparents and when her grandad died they were left in poverty. Nothing daunted the grandma and Liz do their best by getting little jobs and saving and economising on their food, a lesson which leaves Liz in good stead years later when she becomes a single parent. Even if you're not a big fan of the Royle Family (I'm not) you will stillenjoy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star Read 16 Nov 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I loved this book. I started idly flicking through it at a friend's house when I had nothing else to do, and ended up reading it from cover to cover in one sitting. It's a wonderful evocation of life from a woman who has the knack of making everything she says seem both intimate and pertinent. I particularly liked the fact that it was episodic, rather than a long narrative full of minute detail. This is written like memories are, as she dips in and out of her mind telling us the interesting bits, the things that struck her, the things that moved her and the things about her life that make her who she is. The drawings that accompany it are also funny and quirky and it was a delight from beginning to end.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 22 Mar 2006
Charming, effortless, honest and tinged with sadness. As we imagine Liz is, it's slightly batty but utterly lovely - GT
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A thumbnail portrait. 10 April 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It didn't take me very long to read this because it is not very 'in depth.' Liz skips over events in her life that I would have liked to hear more about. It's like a magazine article rather than a biography. She is a delightful character, though, I just wish she'd gone into more detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read: Liz Smith's joie de vivre is a delight, and she recounts her memories with a light touch.

The Kindle edition omits all the illustrations, even though the front page declares "With illustrations by the author"; the text is dotted with "Image not available" to remind the reader what is missing!

This is the first Kindle book I have read without illustrations, unfortunately "Jottings" is the same.

The book merits 5 stars, but I had to knock one off for the Kindle edition. Amazon should make it clear that for this book (& "Jottings" too), the Kindle version is not the complete text. I'd recommend the paperback version instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too vague 18 Sep 2008
I am a big fan of Liz Smith and thought I would enjoy this book but I just did not. The book is very bitty, not in any chapters and she is too vague about events in her life. The only time it became indepth was when she became famous and it listed all her acting jobs, which is a shame as I would have wanted to know more about her early life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book shows that you can still achieve even when you're getting older. Age doesn't have to stop a career.
Published 1 month ago by bommer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
The person who received this loved the book and has passed it on to several of her friends as she enjoyed it so much.
Published 11 months ago by Miss M Callaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Brought this book as a gift for my mother it arrived on time and she was very pleased with it
Published 19 months ago by tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you might expect
Sad at times, but never self-pitying, this book is just like the lady herself appears to be. Slightly dotty and eccentric with a good sense of humour. Read more
Published 22 months ago by flamingo
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book But Such A Shame...
...It would appear that the Kindle edition does not feature Liz's sketches used in the paperback to illustrate her life.
This is rather disappointing to say the least.
Published on 5 July 2012 by v23474
4.0 out of 5 stars Like afternoon tea with a wordly aunt at Bettys
This is a terrific read although I felt it tailed off a bit towards the end . The book runs in a style of short self contained chapters with each one very much like going out for... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by lart phauson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoyed this book and have loved this actor for many years. A very talented lady and it was great to read about her life. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by J. Slack
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrea Conway
It's a brilliant book. I enjoyed it so much, I bought three for my friends. As usual Amazon had the book in stock and delivered it straight away.Our Betty
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking read
I brought this book for my mum. She loved it. It is very well written and with the perfect comic wit that is Liz SMITH. Read more
Published on 8 April 2010 by Mrs Becky Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Betty
A very moving account of her life - surprisingly hard - yet she's been one of our finest comedy actresses.
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Mr. Clive Cornock
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