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Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography Paperback – 14 October 2021
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In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life.
Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of 4, and a survivor of appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Billy's life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds.
Billy found his escape first as an apprentice welder in the shipyards of the River Clyde. Later he became a folk musician - a 'rambling man' - with a genuine talent for playing the banjo. But it was his ability to spin stories, tell jokes and hold an audience in the palm of his hand that truly set him apart.
As a young comedian Billy broke all the rules. He was fearless and outspoken - willing to call out hypocrisy wherever he saw it. But his stand-up was full of warmth, humility and silliness too. His startling, hairy 'glam-rock' stage appearance - wearing leotards, scissor suits and banana boots - only added to his appeal.
It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson's chat show in 1975 - and one outrageous story in particular - that catapulted Billy from cult hero to national star. TV shows, documentaries, international fame and award-winning Hollywood movies followed. Billy's pitch-perfect stand-up comedy kept coming too - for over 50 years, in fact - until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's Disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end. Since then he has continued making TV shows, creating extraordinary drawings... and writing.
Windswept and Interesting is Billy's story in his own words. It is joyfully funny - stuffed full of hard-earned wisdom as well as countless digressions on fishing, farting and the joys of dancing naked. It is an unforgettable, life-affirming story of a true comedy legend.
'I didn't know I was Windswept and Interesting until somebody told me. It was a friend who was startlingly exotic himself. He'd just come back from Kashmir and was all billowy shirt and Indian beads. I had long hair and a beard and was swishing around in electric blue flairs.
He said: "Look at you - all windswept and interesting!"
I just said: "Exactly!"
After that, I simply had to maintain my reputation...'
There are a lot of laughs and love in the book, but a great grimness to it as well. ― The I
This is everything a celebrity autobiography should be and more.― Scottish Mail on Sunday
The funny, frank and full autobiography of the nation's favourite comedian.
'It's the first time I've done this. Other people have written about me - or for me - but this time it's just my own life in my own words'
- Publisher : Two Roads (14 October 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529318254
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529318258
- Dimensions : 15.2 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 155,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the months before CoVid I visited Glasgow and saw most of the murals including the one of Billy. Nae bother with most of the local accent.
I really enjoyed this autobiography. Very natural style of expression, totally entertaining and I could understand every word!
Thank you Billy, you are such a joy!
I loved every word. Sad at times hilarious in others.
I would have loved to have met Billy and listened to his stories first hand. He is extremely interesting. Love you Billy xxxxx
Top reviews from other countries
Really great book, very enjoyable to read.
His writing style is like his stand up style; hilarious and often times all over the place but always gets back to the main point or story. It also reads funny nonstop. I found myself laughing hard at least once a page.
Billy, if you’re reading this, much love and I wish you the best retirement imaginable as you have more than earned that! I know the chances are slim to none i’ll ever bump into you (and i just moved to Scotland from Canada this year where my chances were probably better in Canada to meet you), but i feel we would’ve been great pals had we met!
Presented well with great pictures of billy throughout his life.
Very funny and witty.