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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Absolutely brilliant book. Laughed my way through the book, even the sad moments had a funny twist. Would give this book as a present as I think most people would find it funny. ( )
  AineMcG | Jul 13, 2010 |
Insightful biography of a well-loved comedian who overcame huge challenges. Stephenson's affection and sympathy for her husband as a subject are warming. The book would be a more rewarding read were the writing style more fluid but this is a price worth paying for a perspective that no other biographer is likely to discover. ( )
  TheoClarke | Aug 9, 2009 |
This is a book about one of my very favourite comedians.

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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. ( )
  mazda502001 | Jul 29, 2009 |
Billy was sexually abused form the age of eleven to fourteen by his father ( )
  TonySandel | Apr 3, 2009 |
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'He must have chaos within him, who would give birth to a dancing star' Nietzsche
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To the Connolly and McLean families,
in the spirit of healing through understanding;
and to all families who are divided by religious differences,
or who struggle with poverty, abuse or addiction.
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Introduction: Much has been written about the chimerical joker to the world as 'Billy Connolly'. That creature, however, is a fictional one, a Bill-o'-the-wisp that dances from tabloid to tome with relentless innacuracy.
Chapter 1 ('Jesus is dead, and it's your fault!'): Billy Connolly, King of Comedy, Master of Mirth, Chancellor of Chortling, as his children have been instructed to address him, is quivering in the wings of the spectacularly cavernous Hammersmith Apollo theatre. 'Pamela, what the hell am I going to say to these people?'
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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.

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Whatever your opinion of Billy Connolly, his life has been an epic tale of controversy and hilarity, tragedy and comedy. From his working class roots in Glasgow he has worked his way to the top, and now enjoys huge worldwide acclaim and lives a dream lifestyle. From welding to folk singing to comedy to writing to acting, Billy has proved beyond doubt his versatility and sheer determination. And if anyone knows that better than him, it's his wife, Pamela, who gives us an insider's view of this talented musician, singer, TV presenter, comedian and actor. We hear about the highs and the lows, the good times and the bad and she takes us behind the scenes of the films and TV shows he has been in and the sell-out tours that are so unmissable so that we get to see something of the real Billy Connolly.… (more)

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