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This Much is True: 'There's never been a memoir so packed with eye-popping, hilarious and candid stories' DAILY MAIL Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B095BHVJ3Z
- Publisher : John Murray (16 September 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 11786 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 427 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 827 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her appearances on The Graham Norton show have brought her to many but what a stunningly varied adventure her life has been up to this point. We would have been cheated of so much had she not written this book!
Such a career (and, thankfully, ongoing); radio, tv, film and theatre.
This wonderful lady charts the highs and the lows (plenty of the latter ha ha, read it, you will see what I mean!) but throughout she is frank, honest and, more importantly, completely genuine.
What you see is what you get with this force of nature and this is pure, unadulterated Miriam - her story will shock, delight, amuse and sadden in parts but I have sailed through it with gusto and if you are anything like I am, it will make you love her that little bit more!
Thank you dear lady, it's been a joy!
autobiography that will tell it as it is.
Miriam at her luscious best
Overall, though, I was transfixed with horror for this woman: she has no filter, no filter at all. Either on her behaviour (more later), or what she says about it (everything) and who she tells (everyone). Discretion is a word she may recognise from a script, but as a philosophy for life, it's a closed book.
She says, and I believe her, that she has always been desperate to be liked, but she can't see that there will be many people, possibly previously firm fans, who find the details of her behaviour given here – and her need to share them – repellent. I draw a distinction here between her lifestyle and life choices, which I certainly do not question, and her behaviour.
A recurrent behavioural theme is her willingness/need to 'oblige' (her word) random strange men (yes, really) she comes across, and to offer to do so at other, public and embarrassing, times... and then tell everyone all about it. We are talking about now, the present day.
I can see how when she was young, and still had shockable parents and the world in general was more prudish, getting a reputation for being sexually desirable because of this same willingness might have seemed a laugh, fun, whatever. (Possibly even a career booster – I hope not.) But for an 80-year-old married woman in a very long-standing relationship, it appears irresponsible, hurtful, reckless... just plain crazy.
I pressed on to the end of the book, but it was a struggle.