The inside story of the one of the most successful British stand-up comedians, as told by the person best qualified to reveal all about the man behind the comic, his wife of over 20 years - Pamela Stephenson.
Once in a lifetime, there strides upon the stage someone who can truly be called a legend.
Such a person is the inimitable, timeless genius who is Billy Connolly.
His effortlessly wicked whimsy has entranced, enthralled - and split the sides of - thousands upon thousands of adoring audiences. And when he isn't doing that...he's turning in award-winning performances on film and television.
He's the man who needs no introduction, and yet he is the ultimate enigma.
From a troubled and desperately poor childhood in the docklands of Glasgow he is now the intimate of household names the world over.
How did this happen, who is the real Billy Connolly?
Only one person can answer that question: his wife, Pamela Stephenson.
Pamela's writing combines the very personal with a frank objectivity that makes for a compelling, moving and hugely entertaining biography.
This is the real Billy Connolly. 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.
Pamela's vision of Billy is as true now as it ever was - as groundbreaking, as moving and as laugh-out-loud funny - and here she brings the book fully into its context, as one of the most influential biographies ever written.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, (2x16pp colour plates)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 29/06/2002
- Category: Dance & other performing arts
- ISBN: 9780007110926
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Review by ablueidol
Interesting man and his story let down by a flat and boring prose style
Review by donkeytiara
....a surprisingly candid look at one of the funniest men alive today (ah, next to Eddie Izzard, of course) I didn't think I'd like it because his wife, a "psychologist", wrote it. But she was fair, almost "diagnosis-free" in her writing, and jumped to no conclusions about what exactly affected billy in his youth. If you like the man, read the book. it won't make him more or less funny to you, but it reminds you of how much humor can be based on the cruelties of life....
Review by TonySandel
Billy was sexually abused form the age of eleven to fourteen by his father
Review by eesti23
I was expecting this book to be really funny as I am a big fan of Billy Connolly however as it is written by his second wife, Pamela Stepenson there is less of the comical Billy and more history and facts. As his second wife I felt that there were also attempts to not 'step on anyone's toes' up until the timeframe of their relationship and I much more enjoyed the story from that point on as it was more personal.
Review by mazda502001
This is a book about one of my very favourite comedians.Back Cover Blurb:Who is the real Billy Connolly? He's the man who needs no introduction, and yet he is the ultimate enigma. From a troubled and desperately poor childhood in the docklands of Glasgow he is now the intimate of household names the world over. But who is the man behind the myth? If anyone knows Billy Connolly better than himself, it's his wife, Pamela Stephenson.In this extraordinary book, she combines the very personal with a frank objectivity that makes for a compellingly moving - yet hugely entertaining - biography.
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