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Our Betty [Kindle Edition]

Liz Smith

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'Threaded through with her struggles, the book shines with Smith's enthusiasm and idiosyncratic observations' Good Housekeeping 'In her brilliantly quirky memoirs [Liz Smith] tells the haunting story of her bittersweet pre-war childhood' DAILY MAIL 'The story of her extraordinary life ... in a series of magical snapshots' DAILY MAIL 'Our Betty relates a life as interesting and varied as the roles she has portrayed on stage and screen. This fascinating memoir is a delight to read' Waterstones Books Quarterly 'Typically idiosyncratic... shot through with shafts of broad comedy. The cover brings to mind a Battenberg cake. It's difficult not to gobble it all up in one go' Sunday Telegraph 'A delightful memoir... Smith never makes heavy weather of her troubles. In a series of apparently artless scenes, charmingly illustrated with her own comic drawings, she deftly deals with such traumas as losing her mother. The joy of the book is that Smith treats the impostors of triumph and disaster just the same, in her wry, idiosyncratic and down-to-earth style - which somehow reminded me of Beryl Bainbridge. Time and again she comes up with a pithy, beautifully observed vignette that stays in the memory.' Hugh Massingberd, Saturday Telegraph 'The blessed Liz Smith can have you chuckling before she's said a word... She has a wonderful and instinctive eye for clothes and fabrics - indeed for the whole texture of the past. ... These evocative scenes from Lincolnshire life are as good as anything in a Beryl Bainbridge novel. Liz Smith - Dame Liz Smith soon please - is our greatest character actress. Her genius is to give all these grotesques and cartoons a measure of her own perky, quirky nature and generous soul' Daily Express 'This episodic account of her life, illustrated with her own drawings, catches her early struggles well, while her actor's eye for detail constructs telling thumbnail sketches of eccentric neighbours, wartime mates in the WRENS, and colleagues like Dawn French (insists on large bowls of chocolate backstage) and Caroline Aherne (down to earth and modest)' The Word 'The nation's favourite old lady gives Alan Bennett - who's allegedly long been meaning to write something for her - a run for his money. Arranged in short, tasty bursts of charming, almost guileless prose... Charming, effortless, honest and tinged with sadness. As we imagine Liz is, it's slightly batty but utterly lovely' Gay Times, April Issue 'From beneath the rouge and plastic curls emerges a voice of warmth and humour. Her wit is not flashy but arises from its context and is often childishly absurd' Observer 'The beloved nana from The Royle Family tells her fascinating story' 4 stars, Heat 15/4 'Delightful and dotty book on memoirs. The evocative childhood scenes are as good as anything by Beryl Bainbridge or Stevie Smith' Roger Lewis, Daily Express Books of the Year 'Congratulations are due to Liz Smith -- the paperback edition of her quirky autobiography, Our Betty, has repeated the success of the hardback edition by entering the bestseller lists' Mark Sanderson, 'Literary Life' column, Sunday Telegraph 1/4 'It's like sitting next to her by the fire and listening to her bird-like voice singing away' Independent 10/ 'Enchanting, poignant and funny' Daily Express 2/3


Liz Smith, once called the nation's favourite fictional grandmother, is a familiar face to all TV and cinema viewers. She is most often recognised for her role of Nana in The Royle Family and has appeared in numerous productions over the years. OUR BETTY is Liz's life story - from her cosseted yet lonely childhood with her beloved grandparents (her mother died giving birth to Liz's stillborn sibling), through the war with the WRENS, marriage and children, divorce and poverty, long years working in dead-end jobs such as in a plastic bag factory, until her heavenly escape of evening acting classes provided the chance for a career. While working at Hamley's one Christmas ('I was one of those tiresome people who stop you and beg you to try samples of this and that'), she received a phone call from a young director who wanted to make an improvised film. His name was Mike Leigh and the film Bleak Moments. From that point, when Liz was 50, her career took off and she has worked with some of the most famous names in the entertainment business. OUR BETTY is, like its author, original, amusing and fascinating on the struggles, hopes and successes endemic of a life in front of the camera.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 231 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster UK (4. September 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007DG92OE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #841.708 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Please Honor Liz Smith before it's too late! 13. März 2008
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If you ever wanted to read to be inspired, please read this book about beloved British actress, Liz Smith. No, she's not the American gossip columnist. Liz Smith came from poverty; working dead end jobs; raising two children on her own after a divorce. She started acting at age 50 of all ages. She has become one of Britain's most recognizable figures with roles on Last of the Summer Wine, The Vicar of Dibley as Leticia Cropley, and The Royle Family. She has worked with film directors like Tim Burton and Roman Polanski. She keeps working in her eighties as a professional actress. She probably never thought that acting would provide her with the wealth and happiness that she richly deserved from life.
She was finally honored with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama. I am so happy for her. Her life is an inspiration.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating look into the life of one of England's ... 27. Oktober 2014
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A fascinating look into the life of one of England's great(IMHO) comedic actresses. She had a hard life in the beginning but overcame that in her later years.
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