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Tea and Teardrops How We Survived the Bad Times by Kate Adie, Rebecca Adlington, Lionel Blair

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How we survived the bad times features 27 autobiographies from celebrities accounting difficult times they have experienced in their lives and how they got through them. The book features stories from household names such as Lynda Bellingham, Lionel Blair, Roy Hudd, Rebecca Adlington, Perry Fenwick, Simon Weston, Kate Adie and Rakie Ayola.

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Tea and Teardrops How We Survived the Bad Times by Kate Adie, Rebecca Adlington, Lionel Blair

Some words from some of the contributors

Canon Roger Royle: My mother was such a powerful person to me, so important and always has been. I was 18 when she died. I always steadfastly keep her anniversary – with rejoicing, with happiness, with fun; and yes, with tears, but it’s not a mournful day by any means. I think my parents were responsible for the two prime influences in my life- the Church and the theatre.

Kate Adie: This book is about facing up to danger – but about others, not me. I’ve been blessed and I’ve come through life amazed at how good it has been to me. I was born illegitimate, and I got the most wonderful adoptive parents. At the time when they slipped away – at a very dramatic and physically quite strenuous time – I was in between events in China in Tiananmen Square, and the Gulf War.

Lionel Blair: From an early age, I was fascinated with performing and my parents really supported me and my sister Joyce in our love of the stage. I acquired my first pair of tap shoes at the age of six – I can’t remember exactly how much they cost, but I know it would have been more than they could afford at the time.

Watch Lionel Blair recounting his story of how he defied the odds to make it as a performer.

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Publication date

25th November 2009


Kate Adie, Rebecca Adlington, Lionel Blair

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