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    DescriptionPaul O'Grady shot to fame via his brilliant comic creation, the blonde bombsite Lily Savage. In the first two parts of his bestselling and critically acclaimed autobiography, Paul took us through his childhood in Birkenhead to his first, teetering steps on stage. Now, in "Still Standing", for the first time, he brings us the no-holds-barred true story of Lily and the rocky road to stardom. Paul pulls no punches in this tale of bar room brawls, drunken escapades and liaisons dangereuses. And that's just backstage at the Panto. Along the way, we stop off at some extremely dodgy pubs and clubs, and meet a collection of exotic characters who made the world a louder, brighter and more hilarious place. From the chaos of the Toxteth riots and the Vauxhall Tavern police raid, to the mystery of who shot Skippy and the great chip pan fire of Victoria Mansions, Paul emerges shaken but not stirred. "Still Standing" will make you laugh and make you cry. Some of the stories might even make your hair curl. But it stands as a glorious tribute to absent friends and to a world which has now all but vanished.


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    Title
    Still Standing
    Subtitle
    The Savage Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul O'Grady
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 716 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780593069394
    ISBN 10: 0593069390
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    LC classification: CT
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: WHG
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BISAC V2.8: PER010000, BIO000000
    DC23: 791.45092
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    BANTAM PRESS
    Publication date
    27 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul O'Grady first came to fame in the guise of Lily Savage, and was nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1991. Lily later became a regular on This Morning, took over the bed on The Big Breakfast and presented Blankety Blank. Paul, of course, went on to further success presenting the Paul O'Grady Show on ITV and Channel 4. His previous books, At My Mother's Knee and The Devil Rides Out, were both number one bestsellers. Paul has won numerous awards including a Bafta for Best Entertainment Performance, National Television Awards for Most Popular Daytime Programme and Most Popular Entertainment Show, and a Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.
    Review quote
    "As a narrator, stroppy of tongue but melting of heart, O'Grady still charms and tickles. The comic scenes with his truly mythological mum ("the Madame Defarge of Tranmere"; "Columbo in a flannelette nightie"; "Eleanor of Aquitaine with a chip-pan") can touch the hem of Alan Bennett's robe... Leaves most fiction and history of the era in the dust." -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Paul O'Grady's life has already filled two excellent volumes... Still Standing is another enjoyable and colourful read." -- Roland White The Sunday Times "Honest, funny and supremely readable." Sunday Express "I absolutely loved it." Alan Carr "O'Grady has a playwright's ear for dialogue, and his salty descriptions of raucous gigs in rundown pubs are a rude delight." Independent