The Devil Rides Out, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Birkenhead, 1973. The eighteen-year-old Paul O'Grady gets ready for a big Saturday night out on the town.

New white T-shirt, freshly ironed jeans, looking good.

As he bids farewell to his mum, who's on the phone to his auntie, and wanders off down the street in a cloud of aftershave, he hears her familiar cry: 'Oh, the devil rides out tonight, Annie.

The devil rides out!' The further adventures of Paul O'Grady - following on from the million-copy-selling "At My Mother's Knee" - are, if anything, even more hilarious and outrageous than what has come before.

To say that "The Devil Rides Out" is action-packed is an understatement.

Its extraordinary cast of characters includes lords and ladies, the legendary Vera, a serial killer, more prostitutes than you can shake a stick at and drag queens of every shape and size.

Wickedly funny, often moving, and searingly honest, Paul's tales of the unexpected will make your jaw drop and your hair stand on end. And you'll laugh like a drain. "The Devil Rides Out" is one hell of a read!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780553824636



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This second volume of his autobiography takes us from late teenagerhood and fatherhood (his adventures with girls are never fully explained, but just accepted – fair enough!) to the tentative birth of Lily Savage. Lots of scurrilous activity and details on how to work in a pub, become a female impersonator and put on an act, but also lots of details about his jobs in social services, which have obviously had a huge influence on him, and has, I would imagine, made him into the person we now warm to behind the brassy exteriors. Well written and engaging: there were just a few too many icky social services stories, maybe, which felt a bit jammed in at the last minute and struck a slightly odd note. But a good read in general.

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This is nearly as good as the 1st volume. Many funny moments (the colostomy bag episode in particular) but some darker, and no less interesting too, like the paedophilia & the ageing stripper.