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Paul O'Grady - The Biography [Hardcover]

Neil Simpson
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 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out of date newspaper interviews, this inaccurate account isn't worth bothering with.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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29 of 31 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing document 21 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's got talent 27 April 2008
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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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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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ! 6 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Different 25 Jan 2009
To be honest I was expecting this book to confirm that Paul Ogrady had lead a wild and riotous life. It did just that! However it also showed a side I wasn't expecting that he is a caring and sensitive man, a great friend to have and down to earth. It was refreshing to see that a celebrity such as Paul could still remember his roots and hadn't lost touch with them.
It was a thoroughly great read and I would recommend to everyone.
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17 of 22 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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