One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in 'Acorn Antiques' and 'dinnerladies', as well as films including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Nanny McPhee'.
In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off. Whether it's finding herself on stage with half the scenery stuck to her cardigan, or being kidnapped on her way to location, she somehow emerges from the chaos that can lie in her wake almost unscathed.
Acting, she admits, is a mad, chaotic profession and it is her refreshing honesty, sense of mischief, fun and almost unruffled determination in the face of it all that makes this autobiography a never-ending delight.
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"Interesting and a bit quirky"
If you like biographies of actors, and if you like Celia Imrie, then you will like this. It contains a reasonable amount of insights into Imrie's personal life: her backgound, her likes and dislikes and the trajectory of her career. It is well written and well read and there is no more name dropping than normal. There are also some very interesting apects to her family history that I was unaware of, which have clearly coloured her life. It is not a kiss and tell memoir, although for some reason I felt that it could have gone that way, had it not been that she wrote it whilst looking after her teenage son, whom she would not wish to embarass. After reading this book, I respect Celia Imrie for her individuality and I think I like her all the more for it.
Very funny, honest and insightful. Beautifully read by Celia Imrie. What a charming wiity book
"Interesting glimpse into a theatrical life"
I downloaded Celia Imrie's autobiography from Audible. She reads the book herself and, despite bemoaning the sheer work involved in other audio narration within her story, she does a good job. There was a lot of Celia's life that I was completely unaware of and details of her early life were sadly shocking. The book did become a bit staid later on, more a list of acting roles with an anecdote about each. However, overall this is an interesting glimpse into the life of a strong and independent woman.
"An honest book"
I admire Celia Imrie's acting and I enjoyed this book. It is beautifully read, as you'd expect. I had a sense that we're getting very much the public Celia, but then I thought that this is actually a very dignified way to have written the book: it's not tabloid, and nor is she. In fact I was unaware of the odd tabloid intrusions she has had to deal with in the past, to which she does refer. I loved the stories about fellow actors most. Lovely insights and observations.
"best at the start"
I think the author/narrator got a bit bored herself by the end of the book so I would shorten the last years
I would like more narration by her if she liked the book. I agree with her that her reading of Discworld . books failed because she did not understand the humour.
no it already continued too long.
I loved the early years about her childhood and anorexia and her start in show business. That was absorbing.
"Completely engaging and honest journey in the close company of Celia"
Lively, engaging book- Celia's voice spices it up further and make this a lovely intimate moment.
"Had me giggling out loud!"
She has such a way with words even when cross with someone the way she words it has you in stitches
"Delightful biography enhanced by Celia Imrie's reading"
Entertaining, witty and a thoroughly good read. Was sorry when I got to the end. Please do write another Celia Imrie.
great story but would have liked more details on Celia's childhood defo a great buy
What an interesting life so far. I have found the story exciting, sad, funny and very 'real'.
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