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Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography

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I expect the audio book would do this one far greater justice, since the physical book is essentially a transcription, as opposed to a work of prose. There is a water stain to the top corner on the reverse side of the dustwrapper and a corresponding stain to the boards (not affecting the content). I now understand why this had been highly rated, it was an absolutely brilliant autobiography and possibly the best one I've actually read. By turns heartbreaking, shocking, hilarious and moving I fell a little bit more in love with Billy with every minute I listened to. For the very first time, Billy Connolly shares intimate details of his life, in his very own words in a full-length autobiography.

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. Connolly only mentions it again fleetingly, though other memories of his father surface such as family holidays. They don’t like his movies where he doesn’t make it to the closing credits and there have been a few of them.

I was fascinated reading about the making of the man and learning of his background and experiences.

Portobello Book Blog is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without its permission. So, after seeing this book over many years and not knowing why I hadn't read it sooner, I delved in. It comes just as his dad, William, learns about Mona’s tyranny and you think he’s going to put a stop to it. I decided to listen to the audiobook of this autobiography and I have to say, compared to when I heard his voice as a child, I can understand every word. Sometimes, before reading a book, I will look through a few reviews, mainly to get an overall opinion.If you are not a fan then it is an interesting read in its own right, but there are likely to be several references throughout that you will perhaps not understand. These conveyed an eye-opening insight into the poor and harsh tenement living in Glasgow, Scotland where Billy grew up. There is a lot of swearing – and while that can jar somewhat when seen on paper, it fits so perfectly with Billy Connolly’s personality, and his Glaswegian upbringing.

Young Billy, possessed of “a face that would get you a scone at every door”, was forced to wear wool swimming trunks.In an exciting new development, Sir Billy Connolly's witty and wise art has been collected in a deluxe coffee table book, Born on a Rainy Day, which comes with a hand-signed, limited edition giclée self-portrait. Billy's stand-up comedy continued- for over 50 years, in fact - until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's Disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end. Recorded in 2021, three years after his retirement in 2018, it is painfully obvious that his Parkinson's disease has taken its toll on Billy's voice and sadly, his ability to express his usually incomparable sense of humour. It's a lovely summary of a very full live well lived, and being a fellow Scot it

It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson’s chat show in 1975 – and one outrageous story in particular – that catapulted Billy from cult hero to national star. Listening to this book had me laughing to a point where I had to pause the book so I could compose myself and also hear what Billy was saying! Billy's pitch-perfect stand-up comedy kept coming too - for over 50 years, in fact - until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's Disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end. Thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook of Windswept and Interesting by Billy Connolly, narrated by the man himself.He adds: "I'm very fond of brothel creepers; they're the foundation of the whole outfit, with the clashing socks. My physiotherapist taught me to rock back and forth to build momentum, but that’s dangerous, because I fart more than when I was younger. When I saw this on Audible I knew straight away that this was the book I was going to spend my credit on this month. I thought I may be a convert to biographies/autobiographies when delving into the first few chapters. I got myself a leather chair because I thought it would squeak by itself and cover the farting … but nothing covers these thunderclaps.

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