Julie Walters has been described as the nation's most popular actress and comedienne. She has been delighting us on screen and on stage for over 25 years and - thanks to her undoubted talent, infectious spirit and self-deprecating humour - we have taken her to our hearts.
Now she tells us her own story, in her own words. She was born in 50s Birmingham, daughter of an austere Irish Catholic mother. She was sent to school in a convent and from a young age always wanted to be an actress - but to appease her mother she first went into nursing. This didn't last for long, though, and she soon went to join The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. West End success with Educating Rita followed, and she quickly replicated her success on film, playing opposite Michael Caine. Julie's collaborations with her close friend Victoria Wood have given us, among others, the unforgettable character 'Mrs Overall' in Acorn Antiques.
Julie has also starred in a range of films including Billy Elliot, Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia!, and she has recently charmed a new generation of fans playing "Mrs. Weasley" in the Harry Potter films.
This, her long-awaited autobiography, candidly reveals all the highs and lows in an extraordinary life. It is a remarkable piece of writing: funny, painfully felt, moving, warm, fiercely intelligent and - above all - wholly entertaining.
©2008 Julie Walters; (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
This book is simply wonderful, it is well narrated.One of the things that puts this autobiography in a different league is that she is able to make this story not just funny but touching, I found myself laughing and crying at the same time.
She also shines with her ability animate those around her. Thus the Irish alcoholic father of one of her childhood friends has lips that are described as follows: 'They flopped around clumsily, an impediment to the words that came pouring through them in unintelligible strings.'
My only critism is that it ends in 1988, hopefully Vol:II follows shortly.
This book was brilliant. Julie Walters narrated it well. Not only was it funny and poignant. It is a shame it was abridged as it was so wll narrated I could have listened to it for hours. I just hope a sequel is published soon
A really enjoyable listen and pleased it was read by Julie herself to provide the emphasis as it was intended. Will listen again in a few months.
I like reading (or in this case listening) to autobiographies of comedians/comediennes have read/listened to many in the past.
This was an interesting story regarding her upbringing and the formation of some of the characters she made, working with Victoria Wood. Being in Educating Rita and covering other aspects of her life. It was read by her and she has an engaging and warm voice that made it an easy listen.
I felt though, in the main, it didn't go into enough detail on the relationship between her and Victoria Wood and also seemed to end suddenly when there seemed to be much more of the story to continue with.
An ok book, that would probably interest a fan of hers but otherwise probably give it a miss.
I don't usually enjoy biographies, but this one was different! From her northern upbringing to her bohemian days in a bedsit in Soho, Walters narrative of her life was engaging, well written and highly entertaining, not to mention really bloody funny!
I love the pure honesty and typical Julie Walters wit and charm! Well worth listening to you feel like you are re-living her life through her words as she makes every word so detailed and yes there are a few giggles!
"A National Treasure!"
My only complaint was it was too short! Julie's life is both fascinating and historical in equal measures. Her narration is wonderful; after all no one can do all her character voices like she can! Wonder read.
Love Julie Walters and listening to her narrate this was a fun time. If you get this book you will enjoy it too!
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