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Summary

The inside story of the one of the most successful British stand-up comedians, as told by the person best qualified to reveal all about the man behind the comic, his wife of over 20 years: Pamela Stephenson.

Once in a lifetime, there strides upon the stage someone who can truly be called a legend. Such a person is the inimitable, timeless genius who is Billy Connolly. His effortlessly wicked whimsy has entranced, enthralled – and split the sides of – thousands upon thousands of adoring audiences. And when he isn't doing that… he's turning in award-winning performances on film and television.

He's the man who needs no introduction, and yet he is the ultimate enigma. From a troubled and desperately poor childhood in the docklands of Glasgow he is now the intimate of household names the world over. How did this happen, who is the real Billy Connolly? Only one person can answer that question: his wife, Pamela Stephenson. Pamela’s writing combines the very personal with a frank objectivity that makes for a compelling, moving and hugely entertaining biography.

This is the real Billy Connolly. This genre-defining book is now re-released for a new generation of comedy fans, with a new Foreword from the author. Pamela’s vision of Billy is as true now as it ever was – as ground-breaking, as moving and as laugh-out-loud funny – and here she brings the book fully into its context, as one of the most influential biographies ever written.

©2012 Pamela Stevenson (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Billy Connolly is quite simply the most successful popular British stand-up comedian of modern times." ( The Guardian)

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outstanding

absolutely fantastic, had me in hysterics. Billy you are a force of nature and a truly beautiful soul ❤

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wonderful, brilliant, beautiful Billy

Seems hes been making me laugh all my life. many thanks to Pamela for looking after him and for telling his story

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disappointed

I am a big billy connolly fan and have been since I was young . I really thought there would be more funny stories, It would have been much better if it was read in his voice.

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Great work Pam

A very different book to Billy’s normal anarchic humour and all the better for it. Pamela writes and narrates beautifully capturing the darkness of Billy’s childhood and adult world through her eyes. Of course it’s peppered with many of Billy’s classic funny quotes and comic routines but felt deeply personal and insightful as you’d expect from a phd qualified perspective. Loved it, great work Pamela showing us more of the legend of sir billy.

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Billy by Pamela Stephenson

Two people very much in sink with each other, you can hear the pride in each other the way they talk

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Loved it

Enjoyed hearing about Billy's early life and family history. Looking forward to the sequel.

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Very good listen.

Even the bits about Pamela Stephenson. Great insight into a unique person and personality. Recommended.

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U can not beat the Bigyan.

As i have Scotish geans it a pleasure to listen to l agree to Billy way of thinking.

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brilliant true Scotsman

great book brilliant wood recommend to everyone Scottish or not has sad bit and happy bits brilliantly writing by miss Stephenson

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bloody awesome 😊

couldn't stop till the book was ,sadly, over... straight on to audible for the sequel.

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Audio version was excellent

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No very well written

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Excellent and Pamela has a great insight into Billy.

Which character – as performed by Pamela Stephenson – was your favorite?

Billy

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, Iwould.

Any additional comments?

It is definitely worth buying the audio version as Pamela Stevenson makes the book come alive with her impressions of all the characters.