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Like Liz Kershaw, her autobiography goes on a bit
on 11 August 2014
When Liz and Andy Kershaw were growing up their parents were both heavily involved in local politics in their home town of Rochdale. It is clearly in their genes then that they have both turned out to be extremely opinionated and also have the gift of the gab; had they had been Irish they would have not just kissed the Blarney Stone but bitten a chunk out of it. Because of this they could have both been born to work on radio, the ideal stage for people that have got a lot to say for themselves.
Following brother Andy’s lead, Liz has now written her autobiography and after thirty three years on radio she predictably has plenty to write about. Having worked extensively on both national and local radio as well as doing her share of TV she has experienced the best and worst of BBC management, worked alongside colleagues with inflated ego’s (including one oddball called Savile) and has met many of the great and good of popular music. She tells it all in this book, sparing nobody, not least herself to make this a truly “warts and all” autobiography.
Unfortunately though, at over 400 pages the book is about 100 pages too long; up to halfway I was enjoying reading Liz’s searing insights but after that her overly self absorbed attitude started to grate and, in the end, I found it a real struggle to finish it.