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3 Aug 2006

Terry Wogan is one of Britains best-loved radio and television celebrities witty, charming and relaxed and has undoubtedly captured the nations heart. Here, Terry tells his life story from his beginnings as a young Limerick boy to his incredible success as an enduring celebrity with shows such as Wogan and The Eurovision Song Contest.

Is It Me? (now available in B-format pbk) is written in Terrys own inimitable style, with self-deprecating humour and a wry take on everyday life. The story is a delightfully observed, light-hearted journey through Terrys personal and professional lives.

After reluctantly starting his career in banking, Terry escaped to make a sucessful break into broadcasting with RTE. Fronting Children in Need, Wogan and The Eurovision Song Contest and collecting millions of listeners to his morning BBC 2 radio show, Wake Up To Wogan, he is now the most prolific and popular presenter at the BBC. 'I am sure it's a challenging read' Sir David Frost 'I don't remember him' Jimmy Young

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Reprinted Edition edition (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563493771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563493778
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Wogan was born in Limerick and educated at Crescent College. After leaving college Terry went into banking, if only he'd stuck to it he'd be retired now(!), and five years later joined Radio Telefis Eirann as a newsreader/announcer.

Moving to light entertainment as a disc jockey and host of TV quiz and variety shows, in 1969 Terry stood in for BBC Radio's Jimmy Young and later that year was given his own daily shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2.

In 1972 he took over the prestigious morning show slot and it's been downhill since then. Terry's extensive television credits include his live chat show series Wogan, Songs for Europe, The Eurovision Song Contest, Come Dancing and Blankety Blank, to name but a few.

In 1993 Terry rejoined BBC Radio 2 to present Wake up to Wogan the most listened to breakfast show in the UK. In a moment of weakness Her Majesty the Queen honoured him with a knighthood in 2005. He is married to the sainted Lady Helen, the present Mrs Wogan, and has two sons and a daughter.

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From life with Ma and Da in County Limerick, with weekly packages of books, magazines and comics from his Auntie May filling his fertile brain with adventures and humour, Michael Terence Wogan reached the heights of broadcasting via the Royal Bank of Ireland and Radio Eirann and stayed there.

Displeasure in his working life seems minimal, though the BBC replacing him with the doomed early evening soap, Eldorado still chafes. Contented in family life with wife and three children, he speaks thoughtfully of its sad events: the death of his parents, and the loss of his firstborn.

On referring to the mystery that occasions success in show business he says, without rancour, "Nobody knows anything in our business which is what my friend Sir John Birt couldn't accept. An engineer by training he never grasped the essential imponderability of our game. He thought the inexactitude, unpredictability of public taste could be ironed out by reason, procedures, good management and focus groups--laudable but a waste of time."

Of his own competence he confesses, "I sit before the microphone every morning speechless, without an idea with which to bless myself". No such worries in this articulate, informative and most engaging reading. --Lyn Took --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Terry Wogan has been clinging to the wreckage for so long now, you'd think he'd do the decent thing and silently steal away. Not likely...

Unaided and, indeed, unbidden, comes this forbidding tome - his latest cry for attention. From unremarkable childhood to a chequered career as a bank clerk, from the Cattle Market Report on Irish Radio to the appalling excesses of the Eurovision Song Contest, no stone is left unturned, no unsavoury detail spared. Has the man no shame?

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I read it twice! 17 Feb 2001
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I don't know if any of you have seen the "Best of the Webcam" part of the BBC Radio 2 website but on it there is a picture of Pauly apparently reading two copies of this book simultaneously. The caption on the picture is "So good I read it twice". Well, I only bought the one copy but I have read it twice. And I laughed out loud both times. It's not chronological but if you like Wogan you'll love his autobiography. And get an insight into the fun that is "Wake Up to Wogan" where two old chums enjoy themselves on the wireless..... A very enjoyable read and, if there are any TOGs or TYGs out there that haven't bought it, buy it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was that him? 2 Dec 2000
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Terry's book ' Is it me?' was best described as a laugh a minute with an insight to this man's private life with the odd tear thrown in. Wogan has not held anything back :warts and all. If you are a TOG or a TIG you shall love it. I loved it and I listen to him only sometimes, and adore his dry wit at Eurovision once a year , but this was a good read of his childhood in Dublin with his Ma and Da and how he started out on the journey to being Radio 2's best known D.J. It seems he was a hitched to the right star and gambled well. If yo were looking for sex drugs and rock and roll for the creation of Radio 1, this isn't for you, but if you want a book that makes you laugh and cry in places this is for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As autobiographies go this has much to recommend it. It is engaging, informative, funny, literate without being pretentious, and easy-going without being shallow.
Terry Wogan's style of writing is much the same as his style of broadcasting; full of warmth and charm and inclusive of his audience. Unlike so many media personalities today, this is a man who genuinely knows the value and the mechanics of communication.
The book is admirably devoid of self-justification and self-aggrandisement and is pleasingly frank. Mr. Wogan has managed to strike a fine balance: he is honest (sometimes searingly so) and forthright without, in my opinion, ever exploiting or abusing anyone featured within.
If any criticism can be levelled at the book it is that it finishes rather abruptly. It is almost as if the author suddenly grew bored and decided to stop or, perhaps, that he suspected he would have outstayed his welcome by this point. Not true in the opinion of this reviewer. I would welcome a second volume.
This book is clearly of appeal to Terry Wogan's many loyal fans (All you TOGs out there) but deserves a much broader audience. Anyone who appreciates gentle, intelligent humour with a sprinkling of irony and, above all else, the honesty of a man 'well stricken in years' should enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, entertaining 18 Dec 2006
Had to purchase after reading his other book (mustn't grumble) and yes I enjoyed it as much, YOU CAN HEAR HIM SPEAK AS YOU READ THE WORDS, WRITEN ALMOST AS HE WOULD SPEAK. An image of Terry in short trousers as a lad, cycling his way around Island is a sight for sore eyes, I BET.

"The Who Shot JR?" campaign, when Dallas reached fever pitch? WAS SOME THING I STILL REMEMBER WITH A Smile, AND I WALKED DOWN MEMORY LANE WITHIN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK. I still think the program Wogan was the icing on the cake for him, and once the public got to see this man on a weekly footing they could not get enough of his cheeky smile, or boyish grin. His interview technique amazed me, he was able to slip in a comment, or two, that others would not be able to get away with. A Wogan all grannies wanted to mother. It's a light hearted read taking you into the life of the man him self, HIS EARLY YEARS and later notoriety that he has worked hard to attain without using or dropping names. A man any one would be proud to introduce as a friend, or family member. Can any one be this perfect? Ummm...Only time will tell but I for one adore this national treasure and hope to meet him one day. Maybe interviewing me for my own biography.....there you go Terry, an invite you won't be able to resist!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Terry Wogan sees the funny side of everything, given time in some cases, and pokes fun at everything and everyone but none more so than himself. The book is his view on his life with it's downs and it's many ups. The fact that he is serious about one thing above all others, his family, shines through but he still manages to have the odd, nay frequent, laugh at their expense.
If you want a day to day account of his life this isn't for you, it's a helter skelter ride through the years with frequent tangential trips until you finally arrive, where I don't know, certainly not the end for sure, but it was fun getting there anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 26 Dec 2000
Read the book in 2 days -could not put it down. Funnny,serious,perceptive and in places politically damning. Not just for Wogan fans since I am not particularly , but for people who enjoy observations on life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book because I am Irish & I liked Terry Wogans style on English radio. He was always there in the old days of the problems between England & Ireland. He represented the better side of the Irish abroad. After reading this book I respect the man more than ever. I smiled as I remembered Ireland as it was & never will be again, when the man himself was on Irish radio in the 60's. When Terry was driving through the streets of an empty Dublin on his way to RTE, I was eating my porridge before the long walk to school in the west of Ireland. This is a great read. Read it if you are Irish. Read it if you like Terry Wogan on the Radio or TV. Read it before everyone else finds out about it & you are left out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mr Wogan needs a good editor
I'm a great fan of Terry Wogan. But his writing style is dreadful and I struggled to finish this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beam Me Up Scottie
3.0 out of 5 stars Wogan's way
Very readable, often humorous.....as I have not listened to BBC radio for twenty years, his later chapters meant nothing to me... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kevin More Desmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Written in the style...
We have become accustomed to. Good read, plenty of humour, interesting reading of Wogan's rise to fame and fortune. I would recommend.
Published 18 months ago by M. Heaney
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As an avid autobiography reader and having read many life stories of celebrities and sportspeople, this is about the worst. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by pedalrog
4.0 out of 5 stars It could only be him!
This is a really enjoyable read, not just for fans of Wogan but for anyone who enjoys a success story delivered with gentle self-deprecating humour, in the everyday language that... Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2008 by JFD
5.0 out of 5 stars Limerick"s finest
The great thing about Terry Wogan is unlike a lot of celebrites he doesn"t take himself seriously.He takes success as it comes and that is why he is so well loved. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by DONJAUN
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards...decency
..just two of the words which could be used to describe this broadcasting legend. If youngsters today would try to emulate this man rather than 50 cent there may be some hope for... Read more
Published on 24 April 2005 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars For Terry's old geezers
Wogan writes the way he speaks - whimsical, humorous, self-deprecating: but anyone who has listened to or watched him will recognise the intelligence behind it all.
Published on 9 Sep 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars All over the map
Sorry, but his style of writing just didn't appeal to me at all. I'm an ex-pat Brit now living in the US, and used to love watching him on TV. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars I have to disagree I'm afraid
Sorry everyone - I simply have to disagree. I am a huge fan of Terry's but felt the book concentrated far too much on his early life growing up than the more interesting stuff -... Read more
Published on 25 May 2001 by Neal Thomas
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