As she tells the story of her long and varied career, Joyce sketches wonderful comic descriptions of the many people encountered along the way. Her glamorous and madcap American mother, her aunt Nancy Astor, and her beloved husband Reggie are just some of the larger-than-life characters that people this captivating reading.
©1976 Joyce Grenfell; ©2000 BBC Worldwide Ltd; (P)1989, 2000 BBC Worldwide Ltd
Ms Grenfell narrates her own life story in this utterly charming Audible book. Written with great skill & self-deprecating humour, we join Ms Grenfell's journey through her early years which were dominated by the eccentric personality of her American mother. Throw in her Waldorf & Astor cousins, add her very English father and her brother & we have a fascinating listen ahead. This is a truly charming book filled with wonderful anecdotes of theatre life. I highly recommend this book.
Such a warm and funny woman. A great tale told with liveliness and humour.
"Joyce is a joy to listen to."
What a lovely story of her life. Her insight on her watching and listening in her early life has given her a wonderful basis for her monologues and songs. The introductory song on this book makes you want to dance, it is a waltz, with happiness. The words are lovely. I am just sorry I never saw her live.
Most people who have heard of Joyce Grenfell know her from the old St Trinians films or the George, don't do that' nursery sketches. There is so much more as this memoir read by the author herself demonstrates. Joyce entertains with reminiscences of her Southern belle mother, Nancy Astor as an aunt, life between the wars, war time tours entertaining the groups and musical reviews. She has a real gift for storytelling.
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