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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2008
From the off this is hilarious, moving and funny. I can think of at least a dozen people I'll be giving this to at Christmas - just brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2010
I was a bit disappointed with this book as i love Julie Walters and expected this book to be as bubbly as she is. But I found it extremely difficult to get in to as the start was very very slow and seemed to take forever to move on to something new.

When it does change there are some extremely funny moments that catch you of guard andmake you laugh out loud. But then I also became confused as the dates are continually overlapping, as one minutes its 1989 then its 2005 and then its 1989 again, I found it a bit difficult to keep up as the years didnt really run in order.

Unfortunately I dont think I will be reading this again which is a real shame, i still love Julie though.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2009
I do love river cottage and the feeling that there is more to life than supermarket shopping. This diary I have purchased as a present for my sister who is having a similar mid life crisis.Having read through it there is a mixture of all the elliments that make river cottage so successful growing your own. finding your own, tending your own, killing your own, cooking your own etc so if I dont get one for Christmas I will be out buying one.
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I generally enjoy a good autobiography, and had always intended to read Julie Walters' long-awaited memoirs one day. She has long since been one of my favourite British actresses, and always seems like a very sweet lady whenever I have seen her being interviewed on television.

'That's Another Story' is a delightful read, with an authentic tone from the very first page, it was certainly written as she'd say it, and I could hear Julie's voice in my head. She comes across as humble and down-to-earth, a natural hard worker, and warm and witty. It didn't feel like the memoirs of a 'star' as such, but like having a conversation with 'one of us' (although, naturally with a lot more success and stories to tell than most) on the sofa.

In the book, Julie beautifully portrays her humble beginnings in Birmingham, her convent education, and her early days as an actress on the stage at Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, and the many characters she has gone onto portray so well in the mediums of theatre, film and television. Julie is a natural at the art of story-telling, and because of this, the real life characters who have played a part in her own private life, are also vividly brought to life in the text as well, not to mention the many known actors that she has worked with.

As Julie has done so much throughout her career, it would have had to have been a much bigger book had she been made to discuss all of her roles in detail, so although you might not read a great deal about your own favourite Julie film or show, there is at a least long list of what must be almost all of her work at the back of the book.

Career-wise, she does tend to concentrate mostly on the theatre and the television rather than her equally brilliant films. I do hope one day that Julie would consider writing up a sequel, because I would have liked to read more about, amongst many other things, the 'Harry Potter' movies and TV's 'Dinnerladies', both of which are only mentioned briefly in passing. The reason for this really is that 'That's Another Story' essentially ends with the birth of her daughter Maisie, and as I enjoyed volume one so much, like I said, I am most keen for a follow-up.

With four inserts of excellent pictures, lots of wit, warmth and touching moments in the narrative, 'That's Another Story' is a lovely companion book for fans of one of Britain's most genuine national treasures.
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on 27 December 2009
Reading this autobiography it felt like Julie Walters was actually talking to me and I could hear her voice and laugh in my head as she relates tales from her rise to fame. However Julie Walters has only written an autobiography about her public persona, apart from her childhood reminisinces there is nothing about her private life, which makes it lacking autobiographically and certainly left me feeling more than a little disappointed. I wanted to learn more about the Julie Walters we do not know. It also only takes us to the birth of her daughter so maybe she will write a sequel later that will let us know a little more about Julie the private person rather than just about Julie the actresss.

Her childhood and adolscence in fifties Birmingham is an amusing picture of her life growing up with two elder brothers, attending the local convent and where her love of entertaining others first developed. Her stardom and fame is actually covered in far less detail than her childhood and it would have been interesting to read more background details about her various well known performances. She has played so many unforgettable characters over the years.However with such a career and cast of characters to her name it would have become a very large volume indeed.

A warm and entertaining memoir worth reading and I do not think any fan of Julie Walters will be disappointed but I do think you will be left feeling there is still a lot more to learn about the real woman behind the actresss.
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Julie Walters is undoubtedly one of Britain's greatest acting talents so a self penned autobiography is surely a treat for any fan? The early part of the book deals with Julie's childhood and adolescence in 1950s Birmingham and she paints an amusing portrait of life with her Irish Catholic mother, painter/decorator father and two elder brothers. It was interesting to read where she got the inspiration for the selection of grotesque old women she portrays during her acting career by reading the description of her maternal Grandmother's descent into senility. Personally, I did find the early chapters to drag on for a bit compared to other autobiographies, it's good stuff and written in an easy, chatty style, but surely it's Julie's acting career that most people are interested in?

The second half which deals with her acting training, specific plays and TV appearances is slightly more detached although I found it much more enthralling. Julie's portrait of living in Soho was really funny, especially when she kicks a tramp up the backside for urinating against her street door! The huge variety of work she's undertaken to date is really impressive as are the descriptions of life on set and working with all the greats such as Michael Caine and Willy Russell. The comedy side isn't sidelined either and her collaborations with Victoria Wood are included, as are interesting anecdotes connected with her numerous other TV roles. The chronology was a bit odd because she discusses her pregnancy in the late 1980s in the last couple of chapters and there's scarce mention of her daughter's illness, which may have been because she's keen to shield her from the limelight. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and it's a must for any Julie Walters fan.
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VINE VOICEon 6 January 2009
I was a happy bunny when I received this as a Christmas present! Julie Walters has been in the limelight a long time, but I wouldn't have called myself a 'fan' as such until more recently, when she appeared in films such as Calendar Girls, Harry Potter and Mamma Mia, and the hilarious TV drama Driving Lessons, with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from Harry Potter). It was Mamma Mia, though, which completely sold me on her and made me want to read her autobiography.

That's Another Story follows Julie's life from her birth and upbringing in Birmingham, to more current events. The tales of her childhood are hilarious, particularly the references to her dotty grandmother and other mad people she encountered as a child. Her rise to fame is documented from her beginnings on stage and then the shift to screen.

I did enjoy the book, but felt that it didn't really go into detail much about some of her more recent work. For example, the titles I mentioned above have only been briefly alluded to in the book, so I'm wondering if perhaps there are plans for a follow-up autobiography in the future. I was disappointed not to have read more about the filming of some of my favourite films - Harry Potter and Mamma Mia. I guess perhaps people older than myself who are more acquainted with her previous work will not feel they've missed out, but for people that have been won over by her stellar performances in the past few years, I think they'll feel the way I do.

Definitely worth a read - grab yourself a bargain copy, or wait until it comes out as a paperback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2009
I have to say this book was a disappointment. I've always been a fan of Julie, but to me there was too much bad language and at times I thought that is 'too much information'.
I also can't believe how much the latter part of her career was skipped over. When I finished the book I thought 'is that it'? Where is the mention of her daughter having leukaemia? She may not have wanted to go into the gory details but to not even mention it is quite unbelievable. It's almost like there is a part 2 to this book that may come out in the future?!
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on 16 December 2009
That's another story: the autobiography by Julie Walters.

This is an interesting story of Julie Walters' from childhood to stardom. About 230 pages (out of 310) is about her parents (and her relationship with them), growing up in Birmingham, her boyfriends and starting work as a nurse, and her antics while working as one. Less than 70 pages are devoted to her stardom; working in theatre, forming a partnership with Victoria Woods, starring in Educating Rita, Boys from the black stuff etc. Hardly anything about her success in Mama Mia. However this is a very well written book and funny. She does talk about these successes and its drawbacks at breakneck speed, dropping in a few hilarious moments before ending with the birth of her child (cesarean), which ends the book on a dampener (probably added for the female market). My impressions were that she is probably saving the more juicy bits for another book. But this was a joy to read and I don't think anybody would be disappointed with it. I think people will also look forward to the continuation of her life in another volume.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2009
As other reviewers have noted, this book falls into two halves. The first half, which covers her childhood and teen years, is funny and entertaining. She projects the Julie which she wishes you to believe is her true self, and I was absorbed. The second half covers her career, and the book degenerates into lists of roles, places and other actors, and at this point I have to say that I lost interest.
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