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Absolute Beginner: The Autobiography Kindle Edition
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However, she is a good-hearted hard-working woman and I would recommend her story to her fans
Do you know what's good about doing some volunteer work in a library? It's active, but quiet and peaceful work at the same time...plus you get a library card to use when you see fit. I was drawn to Patsy Kensit's autobiography "Absolute Beginner" after hearing about an erratic interview she gave on ITV's This Morning whilst promoting the book, and when I saw a copy on the shelves I felt an unusual urge to check it out. A comical and pathetic reason to read a book, maybe, but the positive fascination I felt during and after the read was honest, serious and genuine. A read I very much enjoyed.
The events covered in "Absolute Beginner" include Patsy's early life; her parents' (and Father's in particular) colourful pasts; her big Hollywood break with Lethal Weapon 2; her lively but ultimately failed marriages; and her second coming as an actress in the soap world of Emmerdale. It's a nonstop ride of jet flying and film reeling. At times it raises your eyebrows, and at times it makes you feel depressed. From page 1 Patsy comes across as the type of person who makes friends easily as she talks about many film and TV crew members in a positive light, although most of her love is reserved for her two sons and (quite heart-wrenchingly) her late mother who had battled illness for many years.
From my perspective this book threw up quite a few surprises. For instance I always knew Patsy had been on the acting scene for a long time, but I had NO idea she had been a child actress from the age of four and once starred in a movie with Elizabeth Taylor; nor did I know she dabbled in a bit of singing with a band called "Eighth Wonder" who were highly popular in Italy, and even won her the admiration of a fan in the form of a Japanese cannibal! By the time I closed the back cover of the book after reading 336 pages of biographical content, some curious thoughts swirled through my head...Maybe I've been playing video games for too long. Maybe I do need to get out more.
There is also a fair amount of fashion talk, with Patsy's seemingly vivid memories on what certain people were wearing on particular occasions, even when it had nothing to do with acting or parties. Fashion is not my thing, and to be honest I don't think she really needed to go into such microscopic details about it so consistently. Overall though "Absolute Beginner" is a fascinating read that stirs up a healthy dose of surprises and provides something of a rollercoaster ride for the emotions. If you're fanatical about Patsy Kensit, or just happen to see her on TV from time to time, then this is a read that's worth settling into your armchair for.
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