From Billy Connolly’s unique autobiography to The Lick Of Love by Julian Clary, a compelling account by Evanna Lynch and Michael McIntyre’s latest, this week’s best new memoirs
Windswept & Interesting
Billy Connolly Two Roads £25
This is everything a celebrity autobiography should be and more. Beginning life in a Glasgow tenement building and surviving brutal abuse at the hands of his own family, comedy’s wild man faced some daunting early odds.
He grew up to become a shipyard welder and then banjo-playing (and street-fighting) folk musician before discovering his true calling. His unique voice rings out from every page, full of fearlessness, humility and life-affirming silliness.
The Opposite Of Butterfly Hunting
Evanna Lynch Headline £20
‘Neither love, money, riches nor a part in a Harry Potter will compel a person to recover from their eating disorder if they don’t want to let it go,’ confides the Luna Lovegood actor in this myth-busting coming- of-age story.
As well as charting her adolescent battle with anorexia, it offers a darkly compelling, highly topical account of journeying from girlhood to womanhood in the spotlight of global celebrity.
The Lick Of Love: How Dogs Changed My Life
Julian Clary Quercus £20
An autodography? Julian Clary’s candid, colourful memoir doubles as a love letter to his canine companions. From his earliest days of stand-up to telly stardom and deciding to move to the countryside, there’s invariably a dog in the picture.
Sometimes these pooches are cast as chaperone, sometimes life coach or co-star, but they always bring out the best in him as a person and as a writer.
A Funny Life
Michael McIntyre Macmillan £20
After getting his big break in the 2006 Royal Variety Performance, Michael McIntyre expected a smooth ride to fame and fortune. Happily for readers of this latest instalment of his autobiography, the world’s biggest-selling comedian couldn’t have been more wrong.
Panel show disasters, talent judge flops, having his trousers fall down in front of three policemen – there are plenty of guffaws, but it can be moving, too.