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A Living Out Loud

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (17 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184032502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840325027
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,551,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Toyah dominated the Music Polls between 1979 and 1983 and won Best Female Singer in the 1982 Rock and Pop Awards. She has had 13 top 40 singles and made 15 solo albums. In her acting career she has made 10 feature films, appeared in over 20 stage plays and had numerous television roles, with her acting projects varying from punk epics and Shakespeare to musicals and pantomime. Since 1994 Toyah also has assumed a presenting career which includes Holidays, Fasten Your Seatbelts, Watchdog and Songs of Praise. She is currently filming a major new children's drama series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Audio Cassette
I never expected to be enthralled by anything written by or associated with Ms Willcox. I never liked her music or the persona she imposed on us at the height of her fame. And now I know why. This is an autobiography written with flagellating honesty; who could ever admit to punching and slapping their mother, or being so mean spirited as to publicly and maliciously disparage the character of an undeserving fellow actor simply because her immense ego would not allow her to be generous.
At one point Ms Willcox says "I have never been a person to have that deep, deep kind of intellectual thought..." I disagree. Here is a woman who has developed amazing insight, who has battled with demons both literal and metaphorical, admittedly of her own creation, who clawed and fought to become the best that she could be. She makes no excuses for her bad and often violent behaviour, no she points it out, flags it up and is woman enough to apologise to those she made suffer unnecessarily.
Ms Willcox learned to put her ghosts to rest and engendered humility and respect for human life. She has displaced her darkness and rage for light and joy. She speaks about her disabilities, especially dyslexia, with a positivism that makes me wish I had it; "Dyslexics can absorb abstract and complex patterns. Our memories are frighteningly detailed and encyclopaedic. While people are thinking you are thick, dyslexia is in fact giving you a head start. Their greatest mistake is to underestimate a child with dyslexia". And when she speaks of her psychic and spiritual experiences you don't feel she is pandering to the latest fade or fashion. We know she has lived it.
For me the 80s was a confusing time, so many changes were happening all at once; Punk, New Wave, New Romantics, Gothic.
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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've been a Toyah fan for several years. I found many surprises in the book, like how little she earned through her manic 'fame' period, to how insucure she felt in her seemingly perfect marriage. Overall i'm a very slow reader, but I found the book so interesting I finished reading it in two days. Very much recommended.
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By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I too have been a big Toyah fan for many years. I found Toyah's honesty interesting and feel she tells the story of her life excellently.
Growing up feeling misunderstood to achieving fame as an actress and singer, and beyond are all detailed here.
A must for any Toyah fan, and maybe even those who don't know who she is!
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enjoyed toyah's diary on her journey through plastic surgery and fancied reading more about her.
wasn't disappointed at all,very interesting and funny read with some sad emotional times to boot.
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