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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2011
This book did something that most books do not. I t made me read it in one sitting. As a family named Royle naturally had an interest. My son is even called Anthony. My 8 adopted Zulu kids even love the show and so when I bought the kindle version I thought I kinda knew the man but man was I wrong. found the book funny. touchng. moving and full of similar memories to those I had lived myself. Well done Ricky hope you write more.
Dave Royle
South Africa
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on 4 April 2011
I knew Ricky Tomlinson had been jailed for something to do with picketing and strikes, but did not know the whole story. He came to the social club near us one sunday to do a gig for charity and introduce acts, he was fabulous, what a nice man! I then knew I would have to read his book, especially after it was leaked that he gave £1million of his own money to Alder Hey childrens hospital in Liverpool. How generous is that?? I was shocked to the core when I read what he had been through, and how he was treated, arrested and subsequently jailed, what a complete farce, they made an example of him and others. I suppose it was to deter others from having a peaceful picket in the name of jobs and livlihoods. By all accounts it was peaceful picketing he had been involved with, even the police stood with him and said it was peaceful, then astonishingly changed their story at his trial. To jail him for conspiracy was ridiculous in the extreme. I am so glad he was able to sort his life out and is now happy. This book is not all doom and gloom, I laughed out loud in places. I am so glad I bought this book, it was a real eye opener. Well worth a read. I have every respect now for the man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
Nice to read a celebrity autobiography of a celebrity who remains true to his roots
Well worth a read - would highly recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2013
Gives a good insight into the life of Ricky and his political views, would highly recommend it (probably not people who support the Tory Party!!!) Illustrates the injustice of a corrupt police force (led by Government) and right wing press in the 1980s.
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on 5 June 2011
I have long enjoyed seeing Ricky on TV and film and even though he is an actor of limited range there's no denying that he portrays hmself to perfection. The no-nonsense ruffty-tuffty scouser who tells it straight and won't suffer the pretentious or affected, who is as proud and stubborn and as working class as it gets and owes a lot of the reason for his fame to just that. It might help if you're pre-disposed to his way of thinking (daily mail readers might wish to look away) but there's no denying his honesty, integrity and loyalty to his roots. This book is not a classic of literature but it made me laugh out loud and it also made me cry. I wish more books could do that. I wish I could thank you in person Ricky but for the meantime I just say 'long may you continue'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
Always been a fan of Ricky and enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and he talks openly of the good and bad times of his life, including a stint in Stafford prison. Not guilty your worship, my arse!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
I enjoyed this book was surprised about how many affairs Ricky had but that went into insignificance when you read the horrors of him being locked up and treated so badly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2013
Fantastic Book!!! It is all about Ricky Tomlinson by the Man Himself and is a wonderful read!! I would recommend it to anyone who likes this loveable character!!!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2003
I bought the book for my Father this Christmas and he sent me an email today which I thought people may enjoy -
"From my limited knowledge of his career, I didn't find him (Ricky Tomlinson) very funny or in the least endearing... But the book captured my attention from the beginning. It is written with genuine humour and what seems to me to be great honesty, and it tells us the story of his life with candour and truthfulness. It has touches of unexpected poignancy, and sudden flashes of inspired humour. I feel now that I have read it I know him personally and understand him better, though I by no means always agree with his views. Autobiographies - even those of Michael Crawford, Ronnie Corbett, David Niven and the like - are full of lists of 'eminent people I have known' and magnificent 'achievements all of my own'. His is nothing of that sort, and it is the better for it. It's a good story and he tells it well. I fancy he may even have written it for himself, and not had it 'ghosted' for him. I can't say better than that!
If I ever wrote to an author to congratulate him on his work, it would be to Ricky Tomlinson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2013
Honest, humble, funny, sad in some places, very interesting, warts and all autobiography.
A "must read" not just for fans of Ricky Tomlinson.
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