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This review is from: At My Mother's Knee ... (Hardcover)
I don't 'do' autobiographies as a rule. But I received this for Christmas as I am a huge fan of Paul O'Grady (and of course Lily Savage) and was intrigued by the book only covering Paul's childhood. All I can say is that if every biography is as well written and thought out as this, I would read nothing but. As other reviewers have stated, you can really hear Paul's voice as you read. I loved the flash forwards and flash backs that he drops in at points which keeps the book from following the usual plodding linear style and some of the stories make you chuckle (I don't do laugh) out loud. However, Paul is also superb at describing the more poignant, sadder moments that occur and the last chapter of the book really is quite moving.
I take umbrage with one review of this book who claims that Paul describes in graphic detail his tales of men and that you need a strong stomach to get through it. All I can say is that the reviewer must have been reading a completely different book to me, or painting it with personal opinion about homosexuality. There are no graphic descriptions, you get the gist of what would / did occur but no more. There are some near to the knuckle comments and remarks but not about Paul's sex life and they are really very tame compared to what Lily would have said!
Read this book!!!