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Paul O'Grady - The Biography Hardcover – 2007

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844544176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844544172
  • ASIN: B0072NAPKS
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,422,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ryan on 12 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
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out of date newspaper interviews, this inaccurate account isn't worth bothering with.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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By foxy reader on 13 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Fairbrother on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an updated review, written 14 June 2015

Now that the loveable, master funny man Paul O' Grady has written his own three volumes of autobiography, and with a fourth one on the way later this year, an unauthorised biography isn't as necessary in the world of publications as it was at the time of this one's 2007 release. Neil Simpson, an experienced journalist, and clearly a keen fan, took on the ask to put together a volume of Paul's life and career, and the result was a good fan's book, but something of a bridge for people wanting to read something on him before his official memoir was published in 2008.

Well, I have to say, as far as unauthorised bios go, I rather enjoyed Simpson's take on this lovely man. Although a lot of the information was cobbled together from internet sources, newspaper and magazines cuttings, that's the usual way of such unofficial books. The fact that Simpson rather amusingly made a major mistake on the first page of the first chapter though, saying that Paul born on the 13th June, when it was in fact the 14th, doesn't really hold out a lot of hope for how accurate the rest of it is.

What this book manages to do very well, is to document Paul and his outrageous creation Lily Savage's showbusiness achievements, mixing in archived quotes from the man himself and the people involved, as well as slipping in what the critics thought and said about the projects at the time. If you are interested in Paul O'Grady's career, you will learn about virtually all the major, and not so major highlights.

As Paul had only revealed snippets of his early life at the time, Simpson did the best he could with the available sources to put together a picture of his childhood, that O' Grady would describe so vividly well in his own books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By variety fan on 27 April 2008
Format: Paperback
What's the connection between the grandfatherly paul o grady on his chat show today and the mad old lilly savage from the 80's? It's the amazing characters Paul knew when he was a boy, his need to escape from reality when he got to london and his simple love of talented variety performers. Lily was a means to and end. The real Paul O Grady is the one we see on TV today and he's a surprisingly more thoughtful and quieter individual than I had expected. There's a lot of sadness in his life, and in this book. But it's made me an even bigger fan. My only question - why isn't he a judge on Britain's Got Talent - he'd be brilliant!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 18 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
Sounds to me as though this author has never even met Paul O'Grady and wrote this book by rehashing stuff from the papers. Don't bother.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Haywards on 1 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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By elizabeth crossan on 28 Jan. 2013
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As a massive paul o,grady fan i was often left in either fits of laughter or tears because of the highs and lows in paul,s life from a young age. He had to grow up quickly an old head on young shoulders and take a few hard knocks to where he is today.
Lilly savage put paul on the map but also nearly exhausted him with the popularity the act soared too. From the times he could barely afford to live to his new found stardom paul has never forgotten his roots and always says as it is which has kept him in the spotlight. Read this biography i highly recommend it and you won,t be disappointed as paul takes you on his own personal journey in his own words into the life of being an o.grady and living life in birkenhead to the highlights of his stage career.
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