Pride Life Magazine - - LITERATURE -

GRA­HAM NOR­TON Hod­der & Stoughton £7.99 – Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy This is the new mem­oir, re­cently out in pa­per­back, from the chat show host and BBC Ra­dio 2 pre­sen­ter. Re­veal­ing, mov­ing and wickedly witty, Gra­ham Nor­ton tells the story of his life and ca­reer in his sec­ond au­to­bi­og­ra­phy packed with anec­dotes, juicy show­biz gos­sip and a life-af­firm­ing run down of all the things that makes him happy. He dis­cusses his love of dogs, his child­hood in — and later re­dis­cov­ered love for — Ire­land, his on-off love af­fair with New York and a frank but not over-declar­a­tive dis­cus­sion about the men in his life. But it is really the glit­ter­ing show busi­ness sec­tions which are most com­pelling, es­pe­cially the Amer­ica and Diva chap­ters, where he writes about meet­ing Madonna, Cher, Dolly and what really went down at Liza’s and David Gest’s wed­ding. Per­haps the pub­lish­ers should have thought twice about the un­nec­es­sary scat­ter­ing of draw­ings that only ju­ve­nilises the book but that shouldn’t de­tract from what is a highly read­able, com­pan­ion­able and, above all, funny read.

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