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Paul O'Grady: The Biography [Hardcover]

Neil Simpson
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31 July 2007
Comedian, tea-time talk show host and all-round entertainer, multi-award winning Paul O'Grady is one of the most popular figures on British television. Brought up in an Irish Catholic house in Tranmere, Birkenhead, O'Grady has come a long way from his roots. And what a lively and incredible journey it has been. He has worked as a civil servant, a waiter, a barman, a woodsman, a carer in a children's home and an office worker in an abattoir. And his private life has been equally colourful. He was married twice in his youth - once to a lesbian Portuguese waitress. Initially famous for his outrageous wigs and raucous behaviour, he found fame as Lily Savage or the 'Blonde Bombshell', a vampish drag act that was inspired by his experiences when working as a waiter in a brothel. He began by touring gay clubs and pubs. Then, in the early 1990s, he achieved more mainstream fame with his big break - a slot on ITV's "This Morning". In recent years, after hosting many highly acclaimed TV shows as Lily Savage, O'Grady has chosen to appear as himself. He has been seen jet-setting around the world in his travelogue shows entitled Paul O'Grady's Orient and Paul O'Grady's America, causing havoc in the BBC's "Celebrity Driving School", and, most recently, hosting his hugely popular self-titled talk show. The abundance of awards that Paul O'Grady has been given in the past five years are a testament to just how much affection the British public have for him. In this hilarious new biography, Neil Simpson paints a fascinating and novel portrait of the wild and incredible man that we all love so much.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (31 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844544176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844544172
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Simpson has been a staff reporter on the Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and Mail on Sunday as well as writing for various newspapers and magazines. His recent books include Gordon Ramsey: The Biography, Charlotte Church: Hell's Angel, Jade: Story of a Survivor and Kings of Comedy: The Biography of Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time 12 Oct 2008
By ryan
Yet another biog that has bee thrown together by a journalist keen on making a quick buck. Cobbled together from
out of date newspaper interviews, this inaccurate account isn't worth bothering with. Buy O'Grady's own story if you want a good read, At my Mothers Knee...and other low joints, very funny and gives a real insight to the man. You can hear his voice as you read. Simpsons is a load of badly written pap. Give this book a wide berth, you learn nothing from it.Paul O'Grady: The BiographyPaul O'Grady: The Biography
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the real thing! 13 Oct 2008
OMG! If like me you have been watching Paul O'Grady talking about his autobiography all year on his show - DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! It has been written by some journalist, it isn't his book and it's not even very good!!!! His REAL BOOK is called AT MY MOTHER'S KNEE and is brilliant! It's Paul o'Grady through and through. If you love Paul, you'll love it. Make sure you buy the right one!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 14 Dec 2013
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Really enjoyed this book I like Paul and thought it would be and was a very interesting read would recommend this to others
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing document 21 April 2013
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I am a huge fan of Lilly Savage. The problem is not with Lilly or Paul O Grady. The problem is with the gushing sycophantic stile of the biographer. A more balanced style of writing more in the style of Paul would have much more appeal to me. A story that could be told better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bridge!, but an okay biography 11 April 2008
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
I can understand why people have rated this perfectly average biography five stars, no doubt Paul O' Grady fans are delighted to have a book out about this very talented man. Personally, I see it only as a bridge for those who want something to read prior to his official biography, which we soon be published.

'Paul O' Grady - The Biography' is one of the better unauthorised biographies on the market. Neil Simpson is clearly a big Paul fan, whereas some hacks try to dish the dirt on their subject, this author is mostly full of praise for his. He tells the story of Paul O' Grady from childhood to present in outline form, with quotes made by friends, family and the man himself. I know for a fact that there is a lot of truth in here, but as most biographers relay a lot (and I don't doubt that so has Neil) on old press articles, I can't help but wonder which parts aren't accurate or aren't true at all, this is was always a problem with such books. Also, as Paul is a very funny man, people reading this book will find it rather dry, and nowhere near as amusing as it would be if it had been written by him.

Well, I enjoyed it, it is clearly a fan's account of Paul O' Grady, and it was easy to read. However, I wouldn't pay full price, and if you only intend to buy one book on Paul, then wait for his official autobiography to be released, that will be a far superior book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul O'Grady: The Biography 25 July 2007
This put is so hard to put down. As you are reading it you can almost hear Paul saying the words that are written. A must for all Paul O'grady fans.

Very funny and just excellent a must to purchase.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ! 6 Aug 2007
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Paul O'Grady's biography made me laugh out loud and burst into tears with each chapter.
It's been a long time since i have read a book full of such hidden emotions.
You have to purchase this book whether you like Paul or not, if you aren't fond of him, then you soon will be after reading this book.
So impressed that i've just pre-ordered his next one, At my mother's knee.
Well done to Neil Simpson for the brilliantly writen book.
I couldn't put the book down!!
This book should have a health warning on the cover:
The world will be populated with rats due to lack of housework!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best entertainer 1 Oct 2007
what a great book about a great man - Paul O Grady is a classic entertainer. His roots are in old fashonied variety shows and even vaudeville which is why his afternoon show is such a showcase for ordinary people with a bit of guts and talent. What this book does so well is to show why Paul supports ordinary people and underdogs. His history is amazing, you can almost sense him watching the women at market stalls and magistrates courts when he put Lily Savage together. But Lily was only a stepping stone - it is clear he always wanted to be himself and give other people a chance to shine. The emotional stuff in the book is heartbreaking without being intrusive. Paul has quietly got on with life when all has been falling down around him. Just like the survivors he has always admired. what a showman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrentching at Times
I've read all Paul's books and loved him as Lily savage good and serious sometimes but really enjoyable would recommend to every one.
Published 1 day ago by Esther Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars exhilaratingly sad
You cannot stop once you have started. All Paul's books are enjoyable to the extreme. We must hope that his health improves and he entertains us for many years to come.
Published 6 days ago by Kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars holiday read
Unusual but great read
very interesting - kept you thinking - will read AGAIN
Is entertaining will keep you enthralled
Published 7 days ago by Roz 12
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, brilliant,
it was interesting, eye opening sometimes sad but all in all a really good read will read it again x
Published 8 days ago by Tracey Roscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Brilliant read enjoyed it and cant wait to read more of Pauls books delivery was very quick thank you for good service
Published 8 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars PAUL O GRADY
Published 13 days ago by BCDH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read easy for the eyes x
Great Read, I really enjoyed it. Paul is one of my favourite people, a real honest, good person, who always gives a heads up for the less fortunate than himself.
Published 18 days ago by Maria Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul O'Grady - The Biography
Good read, well written, Value for money. Would recommend to a friend. Cheaper than buying hard back and easier to order.
Published 22 days ago by Pauline Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Lily livs!
Brilliant book about a great entertainer and person. Extremely well written biography. Paul has led a very colourful and interesting life.
Published 24 days ago by Kathleen Coldbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Tells you more than you could ever imagine about Paul O'Grady.
Brilliant, Sad, Funny and I laughed out loud at some of the things he got up to. Read more
Published 26 days ago by J. Bridges
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