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Publisher's Summary

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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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-23

Respect to Sir Connolly

I truely enjoyed this book. I was looking forward to some good laughs, and was not dissappointed. Sir Connolly's story was one that I can related with (his childhood in particular)
A great listen in the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-22

brilliant

laughed hard enough to busth the seams. a genuinely delightful tale of billies life.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-20

Indeed

Indeed it's an interesting story.
He seems like a descent man, his story is funny, and at the same time a serious one.
He is the real deal, a true working class hero.

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  • Maryfshort
  • 2021-10-19

A delightful journey

Listening to Billy Connolly tell the tale of his life is a joyous journey. Billy weaves the threads of his life into a fascinating tapestry. His easy reading is as if he's sitting with you sharing a cuppa while he tells his tale.

Thank you Sir William