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on 5 October 2010
Following on from At my Mothers Knee Paul introduces us to a brand new host of wonderful characters each one as memorable as those in his first book. The Drag Queens, The Hookers, the children he cared for recalled in all their glory. His Mother, the indomitable Molly is cleverly woven in and out of the story giving her own inimitable opinions on everything from the bread strike to new years eve. His portrayal of London in the '70's must class him as a modern day Pepys and makes for compelling reading. Thankfully he hasn't sold out and gone down the easy 'sipping champagne with my celeb mates' route like so many others predictably do, instead he has obviously taken time and care to present a hugely readable story that is both very funny and at times unbearably sad. No doubt there will be a final volume. I for one cannot wait. Quite simply, Paul O'Grady is a very talented writer and his latest offering is nothing short of Glorious. I suggest you read this book.
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on 3 October 2010
Buy this book NOW.!! you will not regret it, what a fantastic read. Its one of those books that you can not put down and almost every page has something that makes you laugh out loud. Not to spoil anything but for Lily Savage fans did you know that her 'sister' Vera actually exists??? There is even a picture of 'her' in the book :) Really hope there will be a third installment - some come on Paul get writing.....
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on 16 September 2010
I've been waiting for this book to come out for months and it's well worth the wait! Every bit as witty, entertaining, genuine and just plain brilliant as the first part of Paul's life story. This is what autobiographies are meant to be like!
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on 17 October 2010
"The Devil Rides Out" is the second in what I hope and trust will be a trilogy of Paul O'Grady's autobiography. It picks up his life at about the age of 18 (where the previous book, "At My Mother's Knee", left off) and takes the reader through a fascinating part of his life about which I knew nothing, particularly his work with handicapped and disadvantaged children and his subsequent work as a social worker. At the same time we read how he takes, or doesn't take, to fatherhood while all the time we learn (as we also learnt in the first book) about people and events that would come to shape his alter ego, Lily Savage. These first two volumes of Pauls autobiography differ from many "celeb's" autobiographies in that they stand as bodies of excellent writing in their own right and would have been worth publishing and reading even if Paul O'Grady was a complete unknown. One very slight niggle - I sometimes found it difficult to work out what year we were in at any given time and a little bit more aid in that department wouldhave been appreciated. Obviously, if you've not read volume one ("At My Mother's Knee") read that before you read "The Devil Rides Out". This latest volume ends at a point in Paul's life where he is starting to dabble in performing on-stage drag, using the name "Lily Savage" but with Lily not yet developed into the brassy blonde with who we are familiar and with Paul miming to music rather than using his caustic wit. One can but hope that Paul will give us a third volume covering the development of Lily, his TV career etc - come on Paul - we want the blankety blank lot.
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on 17 September 2010
I have been waiting for the second installment of Paul o'Grades, life story, very funny and written with such warmth,it is like he is reading it himself. I very much recommend people to read it.
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on 27 September 2010
The most honest autobiography ive ever read, just as good as the first.
It cant be the last though because two books in and we're only up to about age 23-24! what a busy life Paul has led. Cant wait for the next chapter.
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on 24 September 2010
to keep it short and sweet IT'S GREAT!!! buy it for yourself and anyone you know who is down in the dumps it should be bottled!
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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2010
The Devil Rides Out is a hilarious look into Paul O'Grady's life as a young adult... and what a life! The man seems to have packed in as much as he can into so little time! More jobs than hot dinners, including being a housefather, social worker and a `walker' for high class call girls - Who would have guessed it?! And quite the social life too!

The Devil Rides Out is Paul O'Grady's 2nd autobiography. The first one, At My Mother's Knee...: and other low joints, took us up to when Paul was 18 (and is highly recommended by me!). The Devil Rides Out follows on and takes us up to Paul venturing into drag and the beginnings of his alter-ego Lily Savage (or "Larry Sausage" after somebody misheard him!)..

This autobiography is an entertaining look at Paul's life with it's ups & downs along the way and Paul O'Grady can even find a laugh in some of the harder parts of his life. I found myself chuckling through much of the book and it proved to be a great remedy for the virus I'd got when I read it. I don't think I've read such a hilarious autobiography before, you really couldn't make this stuff up!

Paul hasn't let being a gay man get in the way either... what with having a daughter with one woman and getting married to another!.

Paul's Ma once again provides some witty remarks (more often than not at Paul's expense!) and this time we're treated to some of his colourful friends too (most commonly `Vera').

I've heard there will be a 3rd autobiography (for which I'm eagerly awaiting!), which I assume will take us up to the present day (or there abouts). Some might wonder why one man would need 3 autobiographies, but Paul O'Grady has led such a life that you couldn't fit it all into one book without missing out on some great material. While The Devil Rides Out only covers a handful of years, it's a rollercoaster ride and very much a "page-turner". There isn't a moment's rest in the book.

The funniest and most interesting autobiography I've read in years!
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This book starts exactly where you want it to, if you were left wanting more of the story at the end of At My Mother's Knee.

Paul takes us through the steps of 'what happened next' seamlessly as he steps away from his career in the courts and into part-time fatherhood.

Paul's first book perfectly captured the experience of a Fifties and Sixties council house childhood and as such is a fascinating piece of social history, as well as a fully rounded reminder to those of us who had the same experience.

This book takes us to the Liverpool clubs in the heyday of Northern Soul and then on to blackly comic tales of social work, pub entertaining....and other pursuits.

Paul's powers of description are truly wonderful - I formed a picture of the unforgettable Vera in my mind's eye from the text and sure enough, there he is in many of the pictures, exactly as I imagined him.

One small criticism - this book should have a small sticker on the front warning you against reading it on public transport. You'll laugh out loud and embarrass yourself severely.

Everything you so wanted it to be and more... Can't wait for Volume 3.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 August 2012
I really enjoyed the first volume At My Mother's Knee...: and other low joints of Paul O Grady's life; and was eagerly awaiting the continuation of his intriguing, fascinating, moving and hilarious journey to date.

I will go no further without stating that the sequel at the very least equals the first volume, and a strong argument could be made that it possibly surpasses it!

I must assume that anyone considering the purchase of this sequel is already familiar with the style of the writing, including the humour and honesty; this second book is a seemless continuation in every way, with it literally starting the moment from where the first book left off.

I had always been a little on the fence with Mr O'Grady, enjoying some of his televison appearances, finding other work a bit irritating (sorry Paul!), but particularly enjoyed his Radio 2 Sunday evening show (and as time has gone on, enjoying it so much that I rarely miss an episode); but after reading these two books I have a new found admiration, respect and fondness.

His story is one of luck (both good and bad), hard work, heartache, determination, generosity and immense humour. One thing this particular volume has shown me is just how hard he has worked to get to where he is today; he deserves every bit of the success and the trappings of wealth he now enjoys.

Thoroughly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good read, you most certainly do not need to be a fan of Mr O Grady, infact it was through reading the two volumes that I became one myself!

Roll on volume three!!!
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