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Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography

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There are also plenty of laugh-out-loud moments such as the hilarious “murdered my wife” joke he told on an appearance on the Michael Parkinson show in the 1970s (You can find it on YouTube). He is the recipient of a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award and is regularly voted the nation’s favourite stand-up comedian.

He started working at an early age, became a welder in the shipyards, served in the military, and eventually become a musician, actor, and comedian. I think probably us British may enjoy it more than our overseas friends as he is clearly one of our great exports and a little loyalty may come into play. Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for a BAFTA; The Boondock Saints (1999); The Last Samurai (2003); Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004); and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). I have always loved Billy, it's really sad that his last few TV appearances have shown the state of his health. In a 1999 interview with “The Sunday Herald” Connolly condemned the SNP as “racist” and the new Scottish parliament as a “joke”.It is a lovely book and as I was brought up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland a lot that was written rang true for me too.

While Connolly is keen to point out Gerry Rafferty’s far superior musical talents, there is certainly no doubt that Billy became by far the more famous and successful of the duo.This genre-defining book is now re-released for a new generation of comedy fans, with a stunning package and a new Foreword from the author. The Parkinson’s disease he contracted in 2013 restricts his banjo-playing but not his shouting at the TV. Beautifully written, honest and true to his nature, an almost bitter-sweet account of the rocky beginnings of one of times larger than life personalities! Billy wrote this autobiography via dictation, and the result is that it perfectly captures Billy’s voice.

There was jokes in it I'd heard before, he's previously used them in concert; I'm not saying it's a bad thing because they were essential to the stories of his background he was describing. Support our vendors this winter and beyond If you can't visit your local vendor on a regular basis, then the next best way to support them is with a subscription to the Big Issue.There are so many hilarious anecdotes and plenty of name-dropping and it just seems like a genuine and joyful look back with appreciation at what has been a long and happy life. Signed Exclusive Edition which has stencilled edges with Billy's signature plus hand drawn endpapers by Billy, and pink foil embossing on the hardback case. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of four, and a survivor of appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Billy’s life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds.

He is philosophical about how mobile phones have made us so much more accessible writing that "You're always gettable. I mentioned listening to this book to my mum, and the first thing she said was “could you understand him”, yes she still remembers trying to decipher the LPs, not easy especially when Billy starts laughing!But it was his ability to spin stories, tell jokes and hold an audience in the palm of his hand that truly set him apart. As a psychologist it would have been far more interesting if she focused on the influencers at the time in Scotland when Billy was growing up. For the very first time, Billy Connolly shares intimate details of his life, in his very own words in a full-length autobiography. This biography of Billy Connolly, written by his wife, is not half as good as it could have been if it had been done as an autobiography by Billy himself.

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