The definitive autobiography from the nation's best-loved broadcaster. Written in a style familiar to his millions of listeners, rich with warmth and irony, MUSTN'T GRUMBLE is Terry's definitive autobiography.
Not only does he introduce the reader to post-Emergency Ireland, his chain-smoking maiden aunts, his quick-witted mother and hard-working father and the (not so) Christian Fathers who tried to knock his hands off, he explains how he's managed to avoid a hard day's work from childhood to knighthood, and entertained a few million people along the way.
Terry talks in full about his past 35 years with the BBC: his hugely popular Radio 2 show, his TV shows WOGAN (NOW & THEN) and BLANKETY BLANK, the Eurovision Song Contest, working on the BBC's CHILDREN IN NEED programmes, and where he learnt to breakdance so brilliantly.
MUSTN'T GRUMBLE is fresh, honest and a real craic.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 40
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 24/05/2007
- Category: Autobiography: arts & entertainment
- ISBN: 9780752881751
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Review by draigwen
While I love Wogan and I found this book very interesting, well, the problem is that he rambles as much in writing as on his radio show. I was expecting an autobiography but this didn't have that feel. It was just him rambling on about a bunch of things - all related to him in one way or another but with the BBC and TOGs as subjects they weren't really about him. There seemed no clear direction for the book and while the chapters did subdivide the book into discrete sections I never did work out properly what each chapter was about. This is also his second autobiography (which I wasn't aware of) and so maybe it's a top-up to another book where he says a lot more about himself? Or maybe the first book is just as random as the second. So yes, it's an interesting read if you like Wogan, but it's not the autobiography I was expecting.