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At My Mother's Knee ... Hardcover – 24 Sep 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 547 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (24 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593059255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593059258
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (547 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul O'Grady, apart from being one of Britain's best loved entertainers, is a classic example of reinvention, as At My Mother’s Knee demonstrates. The young Liverpool entertainer, an altar boy from Irish Catholic Birkenhead, becomes the acid-tongued and outrageous drag queen Lily Savage, and moves from gay pubs to national television, creating something of a British comic institution en route (O'Grady's caustic drag character was a world away from safer predecessors such as Danny La Rue). But O'Grady (like other comic performers such as John Cleese) realised that comic creations can have a limited shelf life, and reinvented himself as ‘Paul O'Grady’, coming out from behind the false breasts and towering wigs as a toned-down (but still camp), more audience-friendly TV presenter (wisely, he retained the abrasive voice and a Scouse accent that could be cut with a knife).

At My Mother's Knee and Other Low Joints is an entertaining autobiography from someone who really does have a life that is worth writing about. Gossipy, sharp and colourful, the cast of characters in Paul O'Grady's life includes rogues and rascals galore, all of whom are evoked here with great comic skill. O'Grady was variously a boxer, a civil servant, a conman and even a cat burglar - all of these failed careers are on display here, as is a surprisingly pungent picture of the Liverpool nightclub scene. When so many showbiz autobiographies these days are written by people who have a barely had a life outside of their fame, it's refreshing to encounter one by somebody whose story would be interesting even if he were not a major TV star. --Barry Forshaw

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Paul speaks with warmth and hilarity about a childhood filled with poverty, and reveals a cast of characters with whom he could have created an entire comedy series. Hugely interesting and entertaining. --Jo Hoare, Heat Magazine

At My Mother's Knee distinguishes itself on every level --Carol Ann Duffy, The Observer

While most celeb memoirs are as memorable as an air kiss, O'Grady's is a proper snog --The Scotsman

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Pau! O'G - here in person! Packed with his wit, and just a few experiences from his varied life (more to come in other books) Paul bursts out from these pages in full flow! If you like him, you'll love this.
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One of those books that is hard to put down. Older folks will probably remember some of the things he is talking about as he grew up. Worth a read.
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Down to earth, funny, and interesting book that brought back lots of memories of the times that Paul writes about. Not the type of book I usually read but very enjoyable.
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I was disappointed with this, Sorry Paul. Its all about his school days, which is interesting but a little too long winded for me.
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Amazingly frank and funny. I've long been a fan of Paul - loved his Lily Savage days and have read all his books and love his TV dog shows. I was disgusted he didn't win the recent award on TV. Looking forward to his next book.
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A good read
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Brilliant.
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Good
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