Spilling the Beans

Spilling the Beans

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By (author) Clarissa Dickson Wright

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 142mm x 10mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844565653
  • ISBN 13: 9781844565658
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 131,424

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Clarissa was born into wealth and privilege, as a child, shooting and hunting were the norm and pigeons were flown in from Cairo for supper. Her mother was an Australian heiress, her father was a brilliant surgeon to the Royal family. But he 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 ever woman to be called to the Bar. Then disaster struck when her adored mother died suddenly. It was to lead to a mind-numbing decade of wild over-indulgence. Rich from her inheritance, in the end Clarissa had partied away her entire fortune. 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 we love her for, Clarissa recounts the tale of a life lived to extremes. A vivid and funny story, it is as moving as it is a cracking good read.

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Clarissa Dickson-Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much loved, TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of five cookery books including The Game Cookbook and, most recently, Sunday Roast, both with Johnny Scott. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life and pursuits. She lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.

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Acclaim for Clarissa Dickson Wright's own reading of her autobiography on audio: 'Has lingered in my mind since I heard her voice crack with emotion, then firm up with doughy panache ... hilarious and moving' The Times 'A strange and stunning autobiography. Clarissa Dickson Wright reads with vivid detachment' Literary Review