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Wonderful Today: The Autobiography of Pattie Boyd Hardcover – 23 Aug 2007


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st Edition edition (23 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755316428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755316427
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Absolutely gripping and gives more insight into the weirdness of rock-star life than anything I have ever read.' (Lynn Barber, Telegraph)

'The most compelling rock autobiography ever' (Mail on Sunday)

'The most compelling rock autobiography ever' ( Mail on Sunday )

'Gripping' ( Mail on Sunday )

'Gripping' (Mail on Sunday)

'There must be a TV doco in this book' (Kelvin Mackenzie, the Sun )

Pattie Boyd's memoir... is an altogether more modest and likeable undertaking than Clapton's sustained apologia... Boyd manages to be frank about the failings of both her famous husbands without ever appearing vengeful or exploitative, making it clear that she remains enormously fond of both, and writes affectingly about her own feelings of inadequacy, and her struggles to build an independent life as a photographer. Witty, unassuming, totally lacking in self-pity - she comes across as a thoroughly good egg. But you'll never be able to listen to Layla in the same way again. (Mick Brown, Sunday Telegraph Seven Magazine )

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The iconic muse to musical icons: the ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton speaks out in this compelling and moving autobiography


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Barnes on 22 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
In this long-awaited autobiography of Pattie Boyd's life, including her two legendary ten-years-or-so marriages to two of rock's biggest names, Eric Clapton and George Harrison, co-author Penny Junor has managed to coax a great many interesting revelations and stories from a very private, somewhat reluctant and reticent Pattie. And so she is to be commended.

The book starts with a fairly unremarkable middle-class upbringing - even though she spends some of her early youth in Kenya, her father is disfigured in the war and her parents ultimately split up and she has to come to terms with a new 'wicked' stepfather, it all nevertheless seems very British and reserved.

Certainly, Pattie doesn't excel academically. But Pattie's rare beauty leads her into the modelling world which is the springboard to her encounters with the rich and famous, including George Harrison, where her looks and attractive personality immediately win him over. Even at the first meeting she is betrayed by her decent upbringing - she turns down a date with 'THE FAMOUS BEATLE' George Harrison because she already has a boyfriend. Not many young girls at the time would have given it a second thought. We also discover that Pattie had not even heard a Beatles album until then, so she shares something in common with Yoko Ono who also claimed to be totally unfamiliar with their work when she first 'bumped into' John.

We learn a great deal about her early cosy relationship with George and her dealings within the Beatles 'inner circle' and how the couple just drifted apart, Pattie feeling neglected. The surreal existence that was being a Beatles wife is made manifest, and it was enough to test the strongest of relationships.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Pattie Boyd was a successful model in the 1960s whose main claim to fame is that she was married to George Harrison and then Eric Clapton. Her autobiography is both easy to read and very interesting - particularly the first half when she is with George. The second half of the book gets increasingly disjointed as she and Eric lurch from one drunken episode to another.

Pattie grew up in Kenya and went to boarding school. When she came home at the end of term, her father was gone and her mother introduced her to a stranger with the words "meet your new father". Not surprisingly, she went on to have unhappy relationships with all the men that she was involved with. She met George when she was given a small part in a Beatles movie and they immediately fell in love. She paints an intriguing portrait of life with the Beatles. Brian Epstein took control of all their affairs, so for example they would go on holiday and arrive having no idea where they were staying or what they'd be doing. Another time they all ate out in restaurant and no one had any money for the bill, as they had never had to pay before.

As I read the book I got frustrated because Pattie never gives you much sense of what people were like. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were ever-present in the 60s, but there's no sense of what kind of people they are. She and George met Frank Sinatra: we learn that he drove a limo but not what they talked about. Joni Mitchell is described as "great fun" - why? I've no idea. Even the other Beatles are only described in very cursory ways: John's indifference to Cynthia and Paul's interest in business being dominant themes.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Chiger on 27 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful Today is fascinating--but only as far as it goes, and one wishes it went much further. So many aspects of Boyd's life could have made an entire book in of itself--her '60s modelling career, her inside view of Beatlemania, life post-Harrison with Clapton, life post-rock star wifedom. Instead each is discussed rather than detailed, so that often there is no more sense of being there than has been evidenced in past biographies of Harrison and Clapton. When Boyd does let us know how she perceived and felt things, the book is tough to put down, but she doesn't do it often enough. For instance, she tells us that Harrison was her soulmate but provides no evidence of how and why. She also refers to herself as "painfully shy" multiple times yet she somehow manages to strike up a dizzying number of friendships with intriguing people, famous and nonfamous. Boyd is apparently a charismatic soul; unfortunately that charisma isn't always evident from this at-time pedestrian book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By French Fancy on 16 Sept. 2007
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I've deliberately not read the other reviews on here because I don't want to be influenced at all. This is my view and of course once I've written it I will go and see how many others felt the same way.

I was very disappointed by this book. As lovely as she looks (and she still looks amazing) I found there to be a constant 'poor little me' thread running through this book. It seems she was a beautiful doormat and these rock stars well and truly wiped their feet on her. Or did they? With one breath she divulges yet another horrible/selfish thing that Clapton and Harrison did; in the next she is saying how wonderful they were and the loves of her life.

I also found some of the anecdotes quite confusing. She goes into flashback reverie and then, on the same page, brings us back to the present time and it becomes a little messy.

I've never read any bios of Harrison or Clapton so do not know if this is 100% accurate or the tale of someone who has re-written their past. Maybe if Clapton had been a bit more generous with the divorce settlement she would not have had to write this book.
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