ISBN 9780593059883,At My Mother's Knee...

At My Mother's Knee...

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Transworld

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ISBN 9780593059883
Publisher

Transworld

Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780593059883

ISBN-10 0593059883
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Biography & autobiography

In his own uniquely acid tongue, Paul O'Grady traces the hilarious tales of life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that took him from a virtuous altar-boy ("my first drag") to Britain's best loved entertainer. It's a life that includes, varyingly, stints in an abbatoir, as a social worker, in a high-class Mayfair brothel and traipsing down to London to chase his dreams. By 23, Paul O'Grady had been a father, husband, drag queen, gay lover, divorcee and degenerate. He did it all with a smile on his face, making a mental note to register the whip-smart one-liners that would later inform his star-studded path from the fringes of comedy to the heart of the British establishment, first as his own brilliant comic creation Lily Savage, then, triumphantly, as himself.

Paul's remarkable childhood and early life is littered with a dizzying cast-list of rogues, rascals, lovers, fighters, saints and sinners. Oh, and one iconic bus conductress. Told with pathos, love, empathy and, naturally, biting humour the story of Paul O'Grady is that of everyman, everywoman and, inevitably, every drag act, ever. He has been rich and skint, posh and common, straight and gay. He has mixed with stars and whores and all that's in between, slyly spotting the similarity between them all. His amazing and riveting life story reminds us that there is, when all is said and done, a bit of savage in all of us.