Actress Pam St Clement, best known as EastEnders' Pat Butcher, shares her life story.
In January 2012, one of EastEnders' longest-serving and best-loved characters breathed her last when Pat Butcher succumbed to cancer. Her departure from the show gave actress Pam St Clement time to reflect, not only on almost 26 years playing a role that she loved, but also on her whole life.
Pam's mother died when she was a baby, leaving her with a father whose life didn't really have space for a child. What followed was an itinerant childhood, with various stepmothers and foster families, before an advertisement in The Lady took 11-year-old Pamela to the farm in Devon that was to become her true home, with the 'aunts' who became her surrogate parents.
Time on the farm at Dartmoor, where she discovered her love of animals, alternated with life at The Warren boarding school in West Sussex, where she discovered her passion for acting.
On leaving school, Pam was unsure of what direction to take but gradually realised that acting was what she wanted to do with her life. So, in 1966, Pam took up a place at drama school. Pam settled in London and worked on stage and television throughout the sixties and seventies, before her first appearance on EastEnders in 1986 and the offer of a permanent role a few months later.This memoir is far more than simply an actor's tale. Quite apart from her fascinating and unique childhood, Pam also recalls her involvement in the women's movement of the 1970s, her lifelong love of animals and the worries about her weight that have dogged her since her teenage years. It is also a tribute to Pat Butcher, for whom Pam retains a huge affection.
This incredibly warm memoir reveals the woman behind the popular EastEnders' character, a woman who, apart perhaps from her earrings, couldn't be more different from Pat.
©2015 Pam St Clements (P)2014 Headline Digital
A beautifully written book about a fascinating woman. Honest, unpretentious, eloquent and narrated to perfection. Highly recommended.
It's lovely hearing the real voice of Pam. She is well spoken and after reading this know that she had a good education. The language used is so much better than many other autobiographies that I've read.
As an actress she brings life to her story. A very easy listen. Of course the middle section on her time on Eastenders was interesting but it was the start of her life that drew me in.
Had I not have saw her on the One show I would have never have bought this but I'm so glad I did.
If you are a fan of East Enders and liked Pat Butcher this is a great read.
Pam St Clement read her own story so well -easy reading, fascinating and fun
Really enjoyed this and interesting to know the life of a favourite TV character
I really enjoyed this book, In fact i had started this and also finished this in 2 days. Pam's voice is soft and so easy to listen too.
Generally the whole book was really good and some moments i was laughing out loud and other moments i was near to sobbing my heart out!
When Pam goes to being Pat in Eastenders in the last chapter was moving to me
This is the fist one for me
To how it should be!
Better than expected. Pam has worked with famous people. There is more to her than eastenders well done pam star
Not an enders fan but a really good book and told well ,more autobiographical books should be narrated by author,if they cannot be bothered to narrate it why should I listen to it!
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