by Paul O'Grady
Category: Biographies / General
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 4 June 2009
Number of pages: 464
Prizes: Shortlisted for Galaxy British Book Awards: Tesco Biography of the Year 2009.
Paul O'Grady is one of Britain's very best loved entertainers. He is known and adored by millions, whether as the creator of the acid-tongued Blonde Bombsite, Lily Savage, or the presenter of the fantastically successful, award-winning "Paul O'Grady Show" on Channel 4. Now, in his own unique voice, Paul O'Grady tells story of his early life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that started him on the long and winding road from mischievous altar boy to national treasure. It is a brilliantly evoked, hilarious and often moving tale of gossip in the back yard, bragging in the corner shop and slanging matches on the front doorstep, populated by larger-than-life characters with hearts of gold and tongues as sharp as razors. "At My Mother's Knee" features an unforgettable cast of rogues, rascals, lovers, fighters, saints and sinners - and one iconic bus conductress.It's a book which really does have something for everyone and which reminds us that, when all's said and done, there's a bit of savage in all of us...
What the papers say:
"Paul speaks with warmth and hilarity about a childhood filled with poverty. Hugely interesting and entertaining" Heat Magazine "Among the three-for-two slew of sleb lit heaped on the tables of the nation's major bookshops... At My Mother's Knee distinguishes itself on every level" -- Carol Ann Duffy Observer "While most celeb memoirs are as memorable as an air kiss, O'Grady's is a proper snog" The Scotsman "Warmly funny, dry and mischievous... Genuine - and brilliant" Daily Mail "One of the most brilliantly observed testimonies to working-class life I've ever read" -- Sue Carroll Daily Mirror
Paul O'Grady first came to fame in the guise of Lily Savage, and was nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1991. Lily later became a regular on This Morning, took over the bed on The Big Breakfast and presented Blankety Blank, but has now retired. Paul, of course, currently presents The New Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4.
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