Spilling the beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright

April 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Books, Mosgiel, Non-Fiction, Reviews | Leave a comment

“I was conceived in a bath in Norfolk in September 1946. How do I know? Well, my  mother told me. As she put it, they were all rather exhausted after the war and there weren’t many opportune occasions”
This is the opening paragraph of Spilling the beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright

When Two fat ladies hit the television screens they revolutionized cooking and travelling the English countryside by motorbike and sidecar.

We were all sorry when Jennifer Paterson passed away and with it the demise of the popular programme.

Here is the story of the “other” Fat Lady – Clarissa Dickson Wright.

This is a wonderfully funny and sad biography of a woman who  has battled her demons throughout her life –  a fractured childhood, successful barrister, drunk and then a household name and with it the pressures of stardom.

A truly honest and harrowing account of her early life gives you an insight into the person she has become. She is a woman who lives life to the fullest.

This story is chock-full of famous names and events.

 It was finally the cooking which has brought her success, sobriety and peace.

 This book makes up one of a tremendous range of biographies and autobiographies found in the Mosgiel Library.

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