Paul O'Grady by Neil Simpson
The Biography

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Comedian, talk show host, and all-round entertainer, multi-award winning Paul O'Grady is one of the most popular figures on television. But his real-life journey has been more dramatic than any of his on-stage stories. Born into an Irish Catholic household in Birkenhead, Paul was always determined to live a colorful life. He was a boxing champion as a boy and became a father as a teenager. He has been a barman in a brothel and spent his first years in London working as a caregiver to some of the city's most at-risk kids. In this intriguing biography, Neil Simpson reveals the extraordinary highs and the terrible lows of Paul's life. Topics addressed include Lily Savage’s origins as a way to make more money and help Paul take his mind off the horrors he saw as a social worker; the difficulties faced by the “blonde bombsite from Birkenhead” to break into the entertainment mainstream; and why Paul decided to risk everything by throwing off Lily's wig and carve out a new career as himself. Frequently hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad, Paul O'Grady has always lived his life on a rollercoaster of emotions. Today he is a proud grandfather, a multimillionaire, and a man loved by millions of devoted fans. This is his incredible story.


About Neil Simpson

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Neil Simpson is the author of many celebrity biographies including Billie Piper, Charlotte Church, Gordon Ramsay, Jade's World, and Kings of Comedy.
Published April 1, 2008 by John Blake. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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