Working with Children and Animals by Derek Clements
The Autobiography of Liza Goddard

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Liza Goddard is one of the country’s best loved and hardest working actresses, but few people know the real woman behind the ‘dizzy blonde’ image.
In this much-anticipated autobiography, Liza talks about her work, her loves and the real-life dramas that have shaped her as a woman and an actress.
The book charts her early life in England and follows her to Australia, where her beloved father played a key role in helping to set up the country's fledgling television industry. As a young actress, Liza was cast in the long-running children’s drama series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. She later returned to England, where she appeared in a host of classic TV series, including Pig In The Middle, The Brothers, Bergerac, Dr Who and Midsomer Murders. Liza talks about her working relationship with Alan Ayckbourn and explains how a planned move to America failed to materialise.
Find out how Liza got together with her first husband, actor Colin Baker on the set of The Brothers, why her marriage to ‘70s rocker Alvin Stardust failed and how she eventually found true love with producer David Cobham. Liza also reveals the truth about her alleged affair with Bergerac star John Nettles, and reveals how she successfully sued a tabloid newspaper over the allegations.
She describes her courageous battle against breast cancer and reveals how beating the disease has given her a new perspective on life. Liza explains why animals continue to play an important part in her life and recounts some hilarious stories about the assortment of creatures that have featured in her life.
A warts and all account from one of Britain’s most popular actresses, Working With Children And Animals will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.

About Derek Clements

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Liza Goddard was born in Smethwick in 1950. An early appearance in Jesus of Nazareth as a child fuelled her desire to become an actress and when the family moved to Australia, Liza began to get roles in the theatre in Sydney. She was then cast in the children’s television series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and her career really took off. Returning to the UK as an adult, Liza went on to become one of Britain’s best loved actresses, appearing in some of the most iconic series on TV, including Take Three Girls, Take Three Women, Pig in the Middle, The Brothers, Bergerac, Dr Who and Midsomer Murders. She has worked many times with Alan Ayckbourn, who is surely Britain's greatest living playwright, and her many career highlights include working with Richard Burton in Wagner and David Jason in No Sex Please - We're British! Liza also has an ongoing passion for the theatre and loves appearing in pantomime. Throughout her long career, she has hardly ever been out of work. Liza has been married to actor Colin Baker, who is possibly best known for his role as Dr Who, and later to 70’s pop legend Alvin Stardust. More recently, she fought and beat breast cancer. Liza lives in Norfolk with her husband, producer David Cobham, and an assortment of animals. She has two grown-up children, Thom and Sophie and two grandchildren, Oscar and Adelaide. Derek Clements: Derek Clements enjoyed a successful career as a journalist before leaving the profession in 2008 to write books. Derek has worked for many of the country’s leading newspapers, including 12 years with The Sunday Times. Since making the decision to leave journalism, Derek has worked on several exciting projects, including ghostwriting ‘The Half a Million Pound Girl’ with Sarah Burge. Derek was born in Glasgow but now lives in Suffolk with his wife, Annmarie. He has one grown-up son.
Published May 22, 2011 by Apex Publishing Ltd. 250 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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