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Suffers the Curse Of The Trilogy, unfortunately.
on 5 October 2010
This book, whilst being readable, suffers from what I would call the curse of the trilogy. Whenever a story or autobiography is spread over three or more volumes, the middle bit always seems to sag. This unfortunately is the case with Volume Two of the Paul O'Grady story.
Many of the more memorable characters in At My Mother's Knee are missing. Auntie Chrissie, who is a constant source of hilarious put-downs and Elsie Tanner type glamour, barely gets a mention as Paul's life takes him between London and Liverpool. Similarly those who will buy this book expecting the fiery birth of a certain Lillian Maeve Veronica Savage will be a little disappointed as it ends just as the blonde bombsite is being assembled from a myriad of spare parts.
It is worth reading as the follow-on to the first volume, and to ensure you are up to speed for the final instalment(s) of Paul's story. On its own, not so much. The people in this phase of Paul's life are not Birkenhead's finest harridans and that is sadly missing from this book. Mildly funny in places but not the laugh-a-page the first book in the series certainly is.