LET'S DO IT: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood


LET'S DO IT: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood

JASPER REES    Book Number: 90915    Product format: Paperback

In her passport, Victoria Wood listed her occupation as 'Entertainer', and in stand-up and sketches, songs and sitcom, musicals and dramas, she became the greatest entertainer of the age. A pupil at Bury Grammar School for Girls, many things might have held her back - her lonely childhood, her crippling shyness, and above all the disadvantage of being a woman in a male-run industry. Yet she turned this to her advantage to make extraordinary comedy about ordinary people living ordinary lives in ordinary bodies. Dawn French said 'I contributed to the book because I know that Jasper (Rees) who wrote it was a great friend of hers and she trusted him. We weren't sitting down to be soft and fluffy about Vic, because Vic was quite spiky, quite demanding, and utterly hilarious.' We might remember first watching her when she was on Look North where she would simply sing a song and play the piano, but we knew she was someone special. We can all remember crying with laughter at her song 'Let's Do It' and the spanking with the Radio Times! Rees had exclusive access to Victoria's rich archive of material and conducted over 200 interviews with her, her family, friends and colleagues among them ex-husband Geoffrey Durham, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Dawn French, Anne Reid, Imelda Staunton and many others. We also remember with a big smile on our faces Acorn Antiques, Dinnerladies, and the immortal 'Two soups' with the teetering waitress Julie Walters. Joyous and revealing and packed with enlightening anecdotes and pure honesty and daftness, rhythm and wordplay. 578pp, paperback, 16 pages of colour and archive photos.
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ISBN 9781409184119
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