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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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