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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clarissa Dickson Wright Narrator: Clarissa Dickson Wright Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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Here is the no-holds-barred autobiography, read by the author, of one of the nation's best-loved cooks. Her life has led her from wealth and privilege to alcoholism, bankruptcy, and eventually fame in Two Fat Ladies.

As a privileged child, shooting and hunting were the norm, and pigeons were flown in from Cairo for supper. Clarissa's 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, this audiobook is as moving as it is a cracking good listen. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 2/19/2014

    " A woman who is certainly not shy of life... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/18/2014

    " very humorous but poignant - narrated well "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timo | 2/14/2014

    " Nicely written, nicely put together but lacking the high drama that lifts some bios over everything else. Even her years in alcoholims where left bit behind, only thing that where to risen above everything else were the deaths of her loved ones. And even those were noted with one, maybe two paragraphs. "

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

    " This is quite a fascinating book, because Clarissa Dickson Wright was born to well off parents--who didn't get along and then she managed to gain and lose money, as well as occupations due to her alcoholism, finally overcome at age 40. Her father, though a respected doctor, beat her and her mother relentlessly. She ended up becoming a television star in a BBC series called Two Fat Ladies, where she rode in the sidecar, and Jennifer Paterson drove the motorcycle as they traveled around Britain doing cooking shows. There is a certain amont of name dropping, and some places where her passion for things such as coursing is more than mine--otherwise, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riccardo | 1/25/2014

    " One half (the surviving half) of Britian's "The Two Fat Ladies" this is a wonderful read of Clarissa's childhood and early adult life leading up to her role in this most treasured cooking series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rdonn | 1/21/2014

    " Having found the TV series, "Two Fat Ladies" enormously entertaining and interesting, I enjoyed reading Clarissa Dickson Wright's autobiography, "Spilling the Beans". It the tale of a life lived to the hilt, the bad, the good, the adventurous, the heartbreaking. She survived physical abuse by her famous surgeon father, and 10 years of alcoholism and promiscuous sex, and finally through hard work, good friends, and AA, managed to lick her demons. Much of the book is about her wild years and it ends with her devotion to the countryside and blood sports. She is a larger-than life person, personality as well as size, and I will look at the cooking programs again with delight. Her partner, Jennifer, for me the quirkiest of the two, sadly died of cancer very unexpectedly, an admirable character Two funny ladies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Brock | 1/9/2014

    " A very candid account of Clarissa's life and her relationship with a brutal father and a mother she adored. Well-written and hilarious a book that is hard to p[ut down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathrine | 1/1/2014

    " A frank and honest autobiography written with a great sense of humour. Clarissa Dickson Wright is a remarkable lady who has lived a remarkable life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Smith | 11/18/2013

    " She is the remaining uno of the famous TV 'Two Fat Ladies' duo. I loved this book! The Daily Mail said it was ' the autobiography of the year" and I agree. You learn how the other half live - what a character she is - there were some brilliant funny annecdotes and pages of brutal honesty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Clark | 11/8/2013

    " I'm not normally one for biographies, but I really enjoyed this one. She has had such an interesting and packed life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/6/2013

    " Great anecdotes well written by a very interesting woman. I've watched and re-watched the Two Fat Ladies cooking shows and yet had no idea what a checkered past Clarissa Dickson Wright has had. She emerges very cheerful and full of fascinating, dishy tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 10/6/2013

    " Love this woman, so amazing. what a bastard of a father she had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Millington | 5/26/2013

    " She is totally crazy. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/25/2013

    " I love the Two Fat Ladies, and this was a great way to get a better look into one of my culinary heroine's lives. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/16/2012

    " Auto-biography is not my favourite genre but this book rolls along - a very readable account of Clarissa's life to date and earns much sympathy from me - but her sense of humour carries it through... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/3/2012

    " a story of courage, resilience and passion told with gret humour and candidness. She has reserved a place on my list of 5 people dead or alive that I would like to dine with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Metcalfe | 8/4/2012

    " The fact that this woman managed to survive her addictions to write this book is incredible itself. A frank, witty and articulate book by an incredible woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne - The Book Squirrel | 3/16/2012

    " Very heart warming and frank memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Macdonald | 12/26/2011

    " I did enjoy this book. Amusing and poignant and amazingly forthright she is a force to be reckoned with. Combating a vicious and unpleasant father, alcoholism, the loss of 2 loved ones and bankruptcy she emerges as an amusing and successful lady and I am proud to have known her through this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Watson | 11/3/2011

    " A great book funny, honest Clarissa tell's it like it is "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Fox | 11/2/2011

    " Anyone not moved by this book has a heart of stone. She's a bit of a name-dropper, and do we really need to know the details she gives us about King Edward VIII - but it's a wonderful account of a life moving from privilege to the depths of despair and then the road back to where she is today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 9/24/2011

    " Very frank autobiography. Often quite painful to read. There's much about her lifestyle now that I disagree with, e.g., support of blood sports, but I can't help but have enormous respect for what she has overcome personally to reach this stage in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 8/31/2011

    " Would never have chosen this to read myself but as it was a book group choice I read it and really found myself engrossed in Clarissa's desperately tough life - some infliced and some self-inflicted. Sad, happy,conflict, everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 5/20/2011

    " An autobio by the surviving "Fat Lady" - (the one in the sidecar). Some interesting anecdotes, lots of name-dropping and proof that the class system is alive and well in the UK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/28/2011

    " Would never have chosen this to read myself but as it was a book group choice I read it and really found myself engrossed in Clarissa's desperately tough life - some infliced and some self-inflicted. Sad, happy,conflict, everything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 3/11/2011

    " I love the Two Fat Ladies, and this was a great way to get a better look into one of my culinary heroine's lives. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/26/2010

    " Pretty good, though it didn't mention much from the Two Fat Ladies show except towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/25/2010

    " I read this after reading a review by fellow bookcrosser Lyzeebee.

    I loved the first 200 pages but then got disinterested by the last 50 as I wasn’t interested in the pro-hunting rally part of her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 7/13/2010

    " very humorous but poignant - narrated well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 4/27/2010

    " An absolutely fascinating, flinchingly honest and hilarious adventure of a life. Love her! "

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