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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pamela Stephenson Narrator: Pamela Stephenson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781598872903
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With over 800,000 copies of the hardcover sold in Britain alone, Billy is the biography of the manic Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, written by his wife Pamela Stephenson. In an account by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, and evoking the poignancy of the Ireland of Angela’s Ashes in its descriptions of Scottish tenement life, Stephenson tells how hard luck beginnings and an idiosyncratic talent made Billy the man he is. Filled with riotous anecdotes from Billy’s shows, stories about his films as well as harrowing tales from his childhood, this is the book Connolly’s adoring public has been waiting for.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kezia | 2/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading about Billy's life (I had no idea he had a difficult childhood), but I didn't think it was well written at all, hence why I gave it a 3 star rating instead of a 4 star. Billy has lead an interesting life and I did buy the sequel because I wanted to know more, but Pamela Stephenson is not a writer... And it shows! Still, I would recommend it to Billy fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 2/10/2014

    " Sure you know Billy. If you're a fan you'll enjoy it. Otherwise, maybe just an interesting read about a normal guy who's achieved extraordinary things in his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristan Macavery | 2/3/2014

    " A remarkable, warts-and-all biography of one of the world's most amazing comedians and actors. Filled with anecdotes, jokes, and incredible insights, I come away with the thought that he is, in his way, the reincarnation of Will Rogers (being able to improvise his performances with a lightning-quick mind), and the desire that I might someday meet him and hope that I could keep up with him while enjoying a roll and square sliced sausage and a cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Firek | 1/30/2014

    " Had me in stitches several times. A very entertaining, laugh-out-loud book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/30/2014

    " Found in a thrift shop in Edinburgh, yeah! Hardcover -- not like me -- but too perfect a find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/22/2014

    " A really good book about the Big Yin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Cheeseman | 1/21/2014

    " brilliant stuff, insights into the man who makes you cry laughing, unbeatable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/8/2014

    " The lives of comedians are often filled with sadness - Billy had a tough life. An interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jade | 1/8/2014

    " Well when I put "read" I mean barely read. I love Billy but this book just didn't do it for me, you learnt new facts about him, but the author (his wife) was a very boring writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/30/2013

    " I Love Billy, he's so funny. And what better author than his wife, warts and all. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/14/2013

    " I was interested to be reading about Billy Connelly, but I thought this book was really poorly written, it just did not flow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dene | 12/11/2013

    " More to the man then I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/10/2013

    " Truly revealing book - enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/8/2013

    " A great story filled with everyday life lessons. Laugh out loud and cry at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/16/2013

    " Funny and sad. It made me laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 11/16/2013

    " Feckin leg end of a man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toria | 6/13/2013

    " A very funny book. There were a couple of moments where it felt like some amateur psychology had been forced in just for the sake of it, but ignoring those parts it was a thoroughly entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/1/2013

    " A beautifully written book ~ such a wonderful, funny and touching story..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyce | 5/29/2013

    " Loved it! Both funny, touching and shocking at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Booth | 5/9/2013

    " Moving and fascinating insight into Billy's mind! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jud | 3/4/2013

    " While I was interested in Billy's life, I didn't think this book was particularly well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/30/2012

    " An insight to a very funny man "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Freeman | 12/25/2012

    " Two thirds of this book were really interesting, dealing with Billy's childhood and early life. But the latter stages turned into a series of anecdotes regarding Billy's famous friends and his acting jobs which was not so interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/5/2012

    " Great reading..but must say, it probably helps to be a fan. Book might be boring and self ingratiating otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 10/19/2012

    " Billy connolly is one of my favourite comedians and I enjoyed reading about his life. I didn't realise he had such a tough childhood and after warming to his wife on strictly come dancing I was intrigued about what she had to say. P.s. Never pat animals with sneaky eyes!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 9/29/2012

    " Great read into the life of one of my favourite comedians...i thought it was very eye opening into his early life and how he got to where he is today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Stuart | 2/16/2012

    " I was attracted to this book by the funniness of the character but the analysis by a psych. This is a sad and very interesting story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adele McVay | 9/10/2011

    " 1016067 I liked this, but I think if you didn't particularly know of or care for The Big Yins comedy it'd probably not hold your attention. It doesn't linger too much on the abuse, otherwise it'd just be another depressing "Boy Called Dave" type book that would have you headed for the prozac! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/6/2011

    " a good book, what a terrible childhood "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/19/2011

    " Very Good Read, I love Billy Connolly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.O. | 5/2/2011

    " loved this & could see that it was writen with affection "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2011

    " Funny and sad. It made me laugh out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/6/2011

    " Two thirds of this book were really interesting, dealing with Billy's childhood and early life. But the latter stages turned into a series of anecdotes regarding Billy's famous friends and his acting jobs which was not so interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/23/2010

    " I Love Billy, he's so funny. And what better author than his wife, warts and all. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/21/2010

    " I was interested to be reading about Billy Connelly, but I thought this book was really poorly written, it just did not flow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dene | 8/17/2010

    " More to the man then I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norah | 6/8/2010

    " Pamela writes well, a fascinating insight into what drives Billy, including sad times of childhood abuse, alcoholism and depression, and how he managed to overcome these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/24/2009

    " Truly revealing book - enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 8/17/2009

    " Sure you know Billy. If you're a fan you'll enjoy it. Otherwise, maybe just an interesting read about a normal guy who's achieved extraordinary things in his life. "

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About the Author
Author Pamela Stephenson

Pamela Stephenson, an Australian born in New Zealand, is famous for her starring role in the British comedy Not the Nine O’Clock News and other TV and film work, including Saturday Night Live. She and Billy Connolly live and work in Los Angeles, where she now practices as a clinical psychologist.