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At My Mother's Knee ... - Paul O'Grady
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At My Mother's Knee ... - Paul O'Grady
Disadvantages: Confusing at times!
At My Mother's Knee is the first (!!) autobiography from television star Paul O'Grady. The book was released in 2008. This book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.99 which I think is ok value for money, although having said that, it is a little bit expensive considering the fact that the book was released four years ago. I actually received this book from my Nan after she had finished reading the book herself.
Paul came across as being really friendly in the book and he seemed really 'warm' and 'welcoming'. The way the book was written was exactly how Paul is when we see him on the telly and his sense of humour really shone through in his words. I was actually surprised at how 'bad' he was when he was younger; I actually wanted to not-like him because of some of the things he did, but I just couldn't. I also loved the way he spoke about his mother and aunties with such humour - I was chuckling to myself at times. When I was reading the book, I could hear Paul telling me the story himself in that unique voice of his.
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I knew that the book was quite long and so if it had gone up to recent times then it would have been a big massive book, although I was a bit disappointed that the book ended when he was still really young (I think in his twenties) with his 'friend with benefits' breaking some news to him. The book ended on a cliff-hanger which does obviously make the reader want to read on, although I just thought that it was a bit annoying that I would have to buy the 'sequel' in order to find out the whole story of his life,
Also due to this reason, the book doesn't even mention his television career and so I was again left a little disappointed as whilst I was interested in his childhood and past, I was obviously looking forward to the part where he got famous although this moment never came.
I found that Paul came across as being older than he actually was. When he kept talking about the old days I kept thinking he was an old man when in reality he is only in his 50's. Whilst I enjoyed this book, I would say that it is probably best suited to 'older people'. By that I mean people 40+ who will be able to remember the old times with Paul. However, that is not to say that no one younger will enjoy it as I am sure that there are many young fans of Paul's who will enjoy this book too.
I was left confused at times as I found that the story tended to jump around a lot. For example, one minute he would be talking about him and his best friend at school when he was five and the next it would jump to when he was working at 'so' and 'so's, and so a lot of the time I was left guessing how old he was which was quite confusing.
All in all I did enjoy this book to some extent and would definitely recommend it to people in their forties and above (unless of course you are a huge Paul O Grady fan).
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Summary: Recommended if you like Paul!!
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