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    DescriptionClarissa Dickson Wright, famously half of television's "Two Fat Ladies," was born into wealth and privilege. Her mother was an Australian heiress, her father was a brilliant surgeon to the royal family; as a child, shooting and hunting were the norm and pigeons were flown in from Cairo for supper. But Clarissa's father was also a tyrannical and violent drunk who used to beat her and force her to eat carrots with slugs still clinging to them. Clarissa was determined and clever, though, and her ambition led her to a career in the law. At the age of 21, she was the youngest woman ever to be called to the bar. Disaster struck when her adored mother died suddenly. It was to lead to a mind- numbing decade of wild overindulgence during which she partied away her entire enormous inheritance. It was a long, hard road to recovery along which Clarissa finally faced her demons and turned to the one thing that had always brought her joy-cooking. Now at last she has found success, sobriety-and peace. With the stark honesty and the brilliant wit millions love her for, Clarissa recounts the tale of a life lived to extremes. A vivid and funny story, "Spilling the Beans" is as moving as it is a wonderful read.

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    Spilling the Beans
    The Autobiography of One of Television's Two Fat Ladies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clarissa Dickson Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590202968
    ISBN 10: 1590202961

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGA, BGFA, JFSJ1, APB
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    DC22: 641.5092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    B&T Approval Code: A07603000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000, BIO000000
    LC classification: TX649.D53 A3 2009
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    Overlook Press
    Imprint name
    Overlook Press
    Publication date
    07 January 2010
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    Praise for "Spilling the Beans"
    "Wonderful, written very much in Wright's unique and fascinating voice." - "Dallas Morning News"
    "A surprisingly complete book. In a way, "Spilling the Beans" has everything: fame, celebrity, addiction, heartbreak... and, of course, food. Lots and lots of food... This is a well-told, joyous memoir that, for me, is all about finding your way back. Even those largely unfamiliar with Dickson Wright will enjoy her humor and wit." -"January Magazine"
    "Born to privilege, Clarissa Dickson Wright launched a prodigious legal career before turning to drink and partying away all of her advantages. She found redemption in the kitchen as one of television's "Two Fat Ladies," and here, with characteristic humor, she recounts her ups and downs." -"B&N Review"
    "Packed with hilarious anecdotes, fizzing with energy, throbbing with pain...the autobiography of the year." -"The Daily Mail"
    "[Clarissa] is always good company and packs he