The inside story of the one of the most successful British stand-up comedians, as told by the person best qualified to reveal all about the man behind the comic, his wife of over 20 years: Pamela Stephenson.
Once in a lifetime, there strides upon the stage someone who can truly be called a legend. Such a person is the inimitable, timeless genius who is Billy Connolly. His effortlessly wicked whimsy has entranced, enthralled – and split the sides of – thousands upon thousands of adoring audiences. And when he isn't doing that… he's turning in award-winning performances on film and television.
He's the man who needs no introduction, and yet he is the ultimate enigma. From a troubled and desperately poor childhood in the docklands of Glasgow he is now the intimate of household names the world over. How did this happen, who is the real Billy Connolly? Only one person can answer that question: his wife, Pamela Stephenson. Pamela’s writing combines the very personal with a frank objectivity that makes for a compelling, moving and hugely entertaining biography.
This is the real Billy Connolly. This genre-defining book is now re-released for a new generation of comedy fans, with a new Foreword from the author. Pamela’s vision of Billy is as true now as it ever was – as ground-breaking, as moving and as laugh-out-loud funny – and here she brings the book fully into its context, as one of the most influential biographies ever written.
©2012 Pamela Stevenson (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"Billy Connolly is quite simply the most successful popular British stand-up comedian of modern times." ( The Guardian)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul g on 21-04-17


I am a big billy connolly fan and have been since I was young . I really thought there would be more funny stories, It would have been much better if it was read in his voice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Circle Jerk on 15-11-17

wonderful, brilliant, beautiful Billy

Seems hes been making me laugh all my life. many thanks to Pamela for looking after him and for telling his story

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 19-09-12

Audio version was excellent

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No very well written

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Excellent and Pamela has a great insight into Billy.

Which character – as performed by Pamela Stephenson – was your favorite?


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, Iwould.

Any additional comments?

It is definitely worth buying the audio version as Pamela Stevenson makes the book come alive with her impressions of all the characters.

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