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What was the No 1 record all over the world in 1990? Timmy Mallett's recording of of Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini! Since then, the host of Wacaday, with his `utterly brilliant' catchphrase, fantastic specs and vivacious personality has continued to cheer millions of lives. In the spring of 2018, as the `Beast from the East' hit northern Europe, Timmy needed every bit of his natural exuberance. He had undertaken to cycle the 2,500 miles from his home to Santiago de Compostela in memory of his brother Martin, who was born with Downs Syndrome and had died just a few days earlier. This was a journey of exploration, honouring Martin's outlook on life that everyone can reach their potential. And so with his painting gear strapped to his bike, Timmy (an increasingly renowned artist) set off, blessed by letters of support from the Archbishop of York, the Bishops of Oxford and Winchester, Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince William and President Macron of France. Full of unexpected moments, Timmy's account of his pilgrimage along a route travelled by so many over the centuries weaves together history and biography in a hugely entertaining manner. It is undergirded by a touchingly deep faith and conveys, beyond all else, how important it is to live every moment of every day.
`You need this book. Your mom needs this book. Your best friend needs this book. Everyone needs a dose of Happy Fat!' Julie Murphy `I am a fat person and I love my body. I feel lucky to be able to say that - it has taken a lot of work and a lot of time. I want to tell you what I have learned and how I got here.' In Happy Fat, comedian Sofie Hagen shares how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgement and discrimination are rife. From shame and sex to airplane seats, love and getting stuck in public toilets, Sofie provides practical tips for readers - drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions along the way. Part memoir, part social commentary, Happy Fat is a funny, angry and impassioned look at how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical, emboldening and life-changing.
According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues. Guy's epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago from rural Louisiana in the fifties,the very moment when urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular session player at Chess Records. Willie Dixon was his mentor. He was a sideman in the bands of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He and Junior Wells formed a band of their own. In the sixties, he became a recording star in his own right. When I Left Home tells Guy's picaresque story in his own unique voice, that of a storyteller who remembers everything, including blues masters in their prime and the exploding, evolving culture of music that happened all around him.
This comprehensive biography is the first to present Lewis Milestone's remarkable life - a classic rags-to-riches American narrative - in full and explores his many acclaimed films from the silent to the sound era. Creator of All Quiet on the Western Front, Of Mice and Men, the original Ocean's Eleven and Mutiny on the Bounty, Lewis Milestone (1895-1980) was one of the most significant, prolific, and influential directors of our time. A serious artist who believed in film's power not only to entertain, but also to convey messages of social importance, Milestone was known as a man of principle in an industry not always known for an abundance of virtue. Born in Ukraine, Milestone came to America as a tough, resourceful Russian-speaking teenager and learned about film by editing footage from the front as a member of the Signal Corps of the US Army during World War I. During the course of his film career, which spanned more than 40 years, Milestone developed intense personal and professional relationships with such major Hollywood figures as Howard Hughes, Kirk Douglas, Marlene Dietrich, and Marlon Brando. Addressed are Milestone's successes - he garnered 28 Academy Award nominations - as well as his challenges. Using newly available archival material, this work also examines Milestone's experience during the Hollywood Blacklist period, when he was one of the first prominent Hollywood figures to fall under suspicion for his alleged Communist sympathies.
David Ambrose has always been something of a protean figure; a person capable of sloughing off an identity in favour of cultivating a new one, befitting the set of circumstances in which he found himself. In this witty and insightful memoir, he reflects upon some of the variegated personae he has adopted throughout his life: from the Northern grammar school student attempting to conceal his working-class, Lancashire roots to a suave Englishman courting Hollywood as a screenwriter. Replete with vivid, insider anecdotes and populated by incredible figures such as Orson Welles and Bette Davis, this memoir details David Ambrose's extraordinary journey to and ultimately away from the bright lights of Hollywood.
Described as the Tony Hancock of journalism, for forty years Bernard wrote only about himself and the failures of his life - with women, drink, doctors, horses - which have become legendary. Low Life is an irresistible collection of the best of Bernard's celebrated autobiographical contributions to The Spectator once described as 'a suicide note in weekly instalments'. Previously published in two volumes entitled Low Life: A Kind of Autobiography and Reach for the Ground, these books are now available in a single volume containing all his derisive reflections on life. Antiauthoritarian, grumpy, charming, politically incorrect, funny, drunk and always mischievous, Bernard could usually be found at the Coach and Horses pub on London's Greek street, a lit cigarette in his mouth and a drink in hand. He was joined by famous friends including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Graham Green, Peter O'Toole, Ian Fleming and many others and their conversations - as well as with whomever was tending bar at the time - served as the basis for his writing. There were in fact times when he was too drunk to write, hence the famous unwell notice that went next to the large, hastily-sketched cartoon that filled its space in the magazine.
Intimate and revealing, Spice Girls is the definitive story of the world's most iconic girl group. Through compelling new research and interviews, Sunday Times best-selling biographer Sean Smith reveals what life was really like for five fiercely independent and ambitious young women who were propelled to international fame in the 90s with unstoppable momentum. Quickly establishing themselves as the biggest success in British pop music since The Beatles, they were adored and admired in equal measure: the Spice Girls made a connection with millions of young women across the globe who were inspired by their enthusiasm for life and their famous Girl Power philosophy. The fab five became one of the most successful music acts in history, with more than 85 million record sales world-wide and nine UK number one singles. Throughout the years, their lives have garnered unprecedented levels of media interest and fans have keenly followed their ups and downs - the personal conflicts, celebrity break-ups, controversies and parenthood. One thing's for sure: they are never boring. In 2019, the prospect of their reunion tour has led to an outpouring of adoration and excitement, proving that the Spice Girls truly are an enduring cultural phenomenon.