By Paul O'Grady
Lilian Maeve Veronica Savage, overseas intercourse kitten, was once born at the steps of The Legs of guy public condominium, Lime highway, Liverpool on a policeman’s overcoat. Her mom, the girl wrestler Hell Cat Savage, had no such luxuries as fuel and air. She simply bit down at the policeman’s torch and recovered afterwards on the bar with a wide faded ale. Paul O'Grady shot to reputation through his significant comedian production, the blonde bombsite Lily Savage. within the first elements of his bestselling and significantly acclaimed autobiography, Paul took us via his early life in Birkenhead to his first, teetering steps on degree. Now, in Still Standing, for the 1st time, he brings us the no-holds-barred precise tale of Lily and the rocky street to stardom. Paul pulls no punches during this story of bar room brawls, drunken escapades, and liaisons dangereuses. And that’s simply behind the scenes on the Panto. alongside the way in which, we cease off at a few tremendous dodgy pubs and golf equipment, and meet a suite of unique characters who made the area a louder, brighter, and extra hilarious position. From the chaos of the Toxteth riots and the Vauxhall Tavern police raid, to the secret of who shot Skippy and the nice chip pan hearth of Victoria Mansions, Paul emerges shaken yet now not stirred. Still Standing will make you chortle and make you cry. a few of the tales may well even make your hair curl. however it stands as a wonderful tribute to absent neighbors and to a global which has now all yet vanished.
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