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Summary

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.

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 four 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 & 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....

©2021 Billy Connolly (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Marvellous

Not that Billy will care a jot what I think but, bloody marvellous job.

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Funny, honest and tender

You'd expect an autobiography by Billy Connolly to be humorous, however what made this extra special was it's truthful nature as Connolly recounts memories and anecdotes of childhood and into adulthood.

You learn early on of the tough life he lived in his younger years and his yearning to live a different life because he saw himself as different or as he puts it "windswept & interesting". From there a whole personality was formed into creating arguably one of the greatest comedians of all time.

A true gem of a book.

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brilliant

over the years I've read Billy Connelly's over books but this was brilliant and I'm really glad it was him that narrated his own life story himself. There was the absolutely hilarious stories along with sad things that happened to him

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Excellent - both poignant and hilarious

A frank and irreverent look back at what has brought Billy Connolly to this point. Now suffering from Parkinson’s, his voice sounds a little strained, but the narrative is compelling. I finished the unabridged version (8.5hrs) in under 24hrs - I just couldn’t stop listening.
From his appallingly abusive childhood, through his schooling, apprenticeship to going ‘pro’ as a performer, he keeps you riveted. On a couple of occasions he had me snorting out loud with laughter - and loses it himself once.
A great autobiography - thoroughly recommended.

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The best Biography I have listened to

Full of immense passion, sorrow and joy, truly amazing. Deep love for you Sir

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Magnificent

A must for all fans of the big yin, Billy's story in his own words and voice, a mix of funny wee stories, tragedies and a wild windswept and interesting ride through life. At one point listening to this I achieved that kind of silent laughter when you simply cannot breathe anymore so you just shake uncontrollably. I'm delighted after all these years Billy can still get me in that state. I have no words of praise high enough for the book, it is, like its author, simply wonderful.

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Irritating

Awful, one dimensional, shouty narration. The "story" is all over the place and jumps from one time line to another.
I managed to get through 5 chapters but could not take any more. Returned.

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brilliant just brilliant

finally a book by the big yin in his own words amazing honest and classic Billy. love it highly recommended

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Tadpole down the trousers!

It's one of the the most lovely things I've ever listened too! Long live the big yin!

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Fantastic

Oh the big yin is a wonderful storryteller. Brilliant book, loved every minute of it .

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  • 03-03-22

Missing his Welles in the Keys

I met Billy Connery at Newark airport , he was behind me at passport control, and then again at baggage claim. We had several brief chats, and it was nice to meet your hero, and think even more of him after. Book was wind swept and very interesting . From fellow Glaswegian and Tim .

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  • J Crothers
  • 29-01-22

Brilliant as ever

So great to hear this in Billy’s own voice. It really did feel just like watching him perform.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-21

Big Yin is f***ing brilliant

Absolutely brilliant, so well spoken and very entertaining! A big variety of humor, honesty and dark stories but delivered so honestly and care-free.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-21

brilliant read, loved every second

the legend giving his amazing sad, thought provoking, funny as hell autobiography. you will not be disappointed

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  • venyse
  • 18-05-22

Fantastic and Fascinating!

Billy Connolly is a master story teller, with an interesting life. The book kept me entertained and wanting to hear more. By the end of the book I felt as though I had been conversing with an old friend. Hearing his story in his own words, with his laughs and singing was fabulous.

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  • Mystic Waltz
  • 27-03-22

There is only one Billy Connolly

Thoroughly enjoyed every part of this audio. Just hearing his voice, I can only imagine what he is wearing. Love him.

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  • Molly Mirll
  • 19-03-22

Love BC!

Mesmerized throughout. I'd love to meet this fellow Silkie. We have the same personality.

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  • Susanne Carlisle
  • 04-03-22

Fook it. It's fantastic, sae it tis.

Billy Connoly is my hero . I read Billy in a council housing flat in Cumnock and love him so . The Big Yin no fails here. A right great romp.

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  • Heather K
  • 24-02-22

Exceptional!

Billy Connolly is my favorite, even more so now hearing his story. Fantastic read for sure!

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  • George Criticos
  • 04-02-22

Billy Connelly NEVER disappoints

I listen to Audible books day-in and day-out !

Billy Connelly's "Windswept and Interesting" is the most whimsical, entertaining and laugh-filled book I've ever enjoyed.... EVER.

HE'S THE BEST ! What a ride! Keep goin' Billy!
WE NEED YOU! You're a GLOBAL TREASURE 🏆FOR SURE.
"Windswept and Interesting" whose life, other than Billy's, could this title describe???!!!!💚
DON't miss him!