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Publisher's Summary

 WINNER OF THE 2022 BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR: NON-FICTION  

The funny, frank and full autobiography of the nation's favourite comedian.

It's the first time I've done this. Other people have written about me - or for me - but this time, it's just my own life in my own words.

In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life.

Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of four and a survivor of appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Billy's life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds.

Billy found his escape first as an apprentice welder in the shipyards of the River Clyde. Later he became a folk musician - a 'rambling man' - with a genuine talent for playing the banjo. But it was his ability to spin stories, tell jokes and hold an audience in the palm of his hand that truly set him apart.

As a young comedian, Billy broke all the rules. He was fearless and outspoken - willing to call out hypocrisy wherever he saw it. But his stand-up was full of warmth, humility and silliness, too. His startling hairy 'glam-rock' stage appearance - wearing leotards, scissor suits and banana boots - only added to his appeal.

It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson's chat show in 1975 - and one outrageous story in particular - that catapulted Billy from cult hero to national star. TV shows, documentaries, international fame and award-winning Hollywood movies followed. Billy's pitch-perfect stand-up comedy kept coming, too - for over 50 years, in fact - until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end. Since then he has continued making TV shows, creating extraordinary drawings...and writing.

Windswept & Interesting is Billy's story in his own words. It is joyfully funny - stuffed full of hard-earned wisdom as well as countless digressions on fishing, farting and the joys of dancing naked. It is an unforgettable, life-affirming story of a true comedy legend.

I didn't know I was windswept and interesting until somebody told me. It was a friend who was startlingly exotic himself. He'd just come back from Kashmir and was all billowy shirt and Indian beads. I had long hair and a beard and was swishing around in electric blue flairs.

He said: 'Look at you - all windswept and interesting!'

I just said: 'Exactly!'

After that, I simply had to maintain my reputation....

©2021 Billy Connolly (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Amazing Story

I had no idea that Billy (that positive and funny big yin we all know and love) went through SO much pain and tragedy in his life. A true window into the soul for him and some great side stories and jokes along the way. Hoping him well for the rest of his days!

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Billy "Bigjun" Connolly

Amazing, what a story, what a life he's had.and very wonderfully windswept and interesting.

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Great Listen

Big Yin is amazing in this great listen. He really is a great story teller and amazing to hear about his early life. Loved every minute of it and sad to finish.

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A Good Slice of Connolly Yarn Spinning

I have been a fan of Billy Connolly for a while. I have attended his shows and really enjoyed them. As Parkinson's and age took hold, the performances weren't as strong, but still enjoyable.

This book is really an anthology of a lot of the stories Billy told in his shows and are a glimpse of his interesting life. Mr. Connolly narrates it, and does a good job, but as a fan I note the weakening voice he has. I still laughed loudly and long at many of the stories, and I think this is a wonderful Audiobook to own, but for Connolly lovers it is a little bitter sweet to listen to.

If you wish to laugh, and hear the strangest of stories, this is the audiobook for you.

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Beautiful, daring and honest.

Fantastic beautiful account of an exsquisite life lived. This is now my favorite book. well done Yin.

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Brilliant.

A very unique character. Sad start in life. Billy was blessed to find Pamela.

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The Big Yin is in !

Amazing book, filled with great stories and a life worth telling ! highly recommend !

I saw Billy perform live in Toronto after being a fan of his since I was a kid. This book is perfect not only for fans of the Big Yin, but for comedy and great storytelling

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I liked it

It was a good autobiography. Billy seems like a really good and honest guy. I enjoyed listening to the book and I was sad when it was over.

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Listened to the whole book in 1 day!

Very emotional, heartfelt and so well done. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. I felt like I was sitting in the same room as Billy. Well done! Billy Connolly fans will not be disappointed. Get to know The Big Yin like never before.

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absolutely fantastic!

I have been a fan of Billy Connolly's for a very long time and this book is candid, honest sometimes sad and very funny! Billy does a wonderful job talking about his life and his career and all of the fantastic things he's done. he's so dear and I wish him the very very best!

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  • Lanette
  • 2022-03-03

Missing his Welles in the Keys

I met Billy Connery at Newark airport , he was behind me at passport control, and then again at baggage claim. We had several brief chats, and it was nice to meet your hero, and think even more of him after. Book was wind swept and very interesting . From fellow Glaswegian and Tim .

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  • J Crothers
  • 2022-01-29

Brilliant as ever

So great to hear this in Billy’s own voice. It really did feel just like watching him perform.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-26

Big Yin is f***ing brilliant

Absolutely brilliant, so well spoken and very entertaining! A big variety of humor, honesty and dark stories but delivered so honestly and care-free.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-10-21

brilliant read, loved every second

the legend giving his amazing sad, thought provoking, funny as hell autobiography. you will not be disappointed

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 2022-08-10

As funny and charming as ever

At nearly 80 and having lived a superlatively interesting life, Billy Connolly entertains us again with this riveting memoir. I loved every minute.

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  • Todd
  • 2022-07-30

pervert obsessed with his williy

was all i could do to listen to this perverted egomaniac from beginning to end

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  • Antman Sanfrancisco
  • 2022-07-20

Wonderful 'Big Yin' tells his story.

A full life . Both magical and poignant told with humor and love. Excellent

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  • Josiah Woller
  • 2022-06-04

LOVES! My inspiration: Sir Connolly

This has every aspect of a epic story love, hate, colourful characters;) nutters and the like with lots of fuck off. I’m a dedicated doppelgänger at this point! I really needed the laughs and it has opened the door for me to talk about some past experiences. Addiction is no joke and I’m happy to hear that someone made something of themselves. Proof is in the pudding.

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  • Leontia
  • 2022-05-24

F&#king brilliant 😎

Absolutely loved it start to finish. Didn't want it to stop. Makes you feel like Billy's a personal friend by the end 😊.

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  • Troy A. Green
  • 2022-05-24

He's Truly Windswept & Interesting

So wonderful to hear his story in his voice!! Honest, touching & very funny!!