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5.0 out of 5 stars For me, an eye opener, 24 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Absolute Beginner: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
I loved this. I'm not a Patsy Kensit 'fan', to be honest I've only ever associated her with Emmerdale and marriage to Liam Gallagher but then I'm only young so most of the things she writes about here occurred either before I was born or was too young to take notice of. Sadie King is one of my favourite ever Emmerdale characters though and I was interested to see what she wrote about the Krays and her father's criminal past. About the Krays, not so much, her father's past a little bit but nothing too informative.

She writes about how when she was growing up people assumed that she was a rich kid from a privileged background and to be honest I thought the same. In fact it turns out that she comes from a very poor background and has fought for everything that she has got. It's crazy to imagine this young girl from a poor area of London flying across the world to work with Elizabeth Taylor but that's what Patsy did and I think it's amazing. I had no idea of the acting background that she's had and just how many films and TV shows she has been in. Okay a lot of them may have been small roles but some of them were major roles and with some of the biggest names in the business at that time.

I enjoyed reading the chapters about her previous relationships especially the one with Liam. She didn't really slate him too much or place too much emphasis on the bad times however but then how much of what the press wrote is true is questionable as Patsy warns the reader in the book. Patsy came across as friendly and lovely in the book, which is how she appears in real life. She is very honest about the problems she has faced in her life, including her battle with weight and the negative reaction she often received from colleagues. However it was the chapters about her mother that were most touching. It is clear that they both loved each other very much and reading about her mother's battle with cancer and eventual passing was quite emotional.

However the biggest shock for me in the whole book was finding out that she auditioned and rehearsed to play the role of Emily in Friends! Now I am somebody who hates every love interest of both Ross and Rachel but I especially dislike Emily! I'm trying to imagine whether I would've liked Emily had she been played by Patsy! Not to mention whether the character would've lasted longer as I believe Helen Baxendale had to leave due to pregnancy. Patsy however didn't want to potentially tie herself down to anything longer than a guest role and chose to work on her marriage with Liam instead.

Overall I loved this book and recommend it to Patsy fans or anybody who loves a good read. It's very honest, emotional and quite funny in parts. Especially the bits in Malta when Patsy was filming with Elizabeth Hurley. The film she was making was filmed on a boat docked by the village that was built for the film Popeye. I have visited said village and it was, interesting... Patsy says Malta was a bit rubbish at the time she visited but when I went in 2007 I loved it. Perhaps for two young girls as herself and Elizabeth were it may have been a bit quiet. Overall a fantastic read.
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