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This Much is True
This Much is True | Miriam Margolyes
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'There is no one on earth quite so wonderful' STEPHEN FRY BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury's Caramel Rabbit, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, MIRIAM MARGOLYES, OBE, is the nation's favourite (and naughtiest) treasure. Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story - and it's well worth the wait. Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John as a teenager; why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she's ever had; and what happened next after Warren Beatty asked 'Do you fuck?' From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to be quiet by the Queen, this book is packed with brilliant, hilarious stories. With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, a cross-dressing Leonardo di Caprio to Isaiah Berlin, This Much Is True is as warm and honest, as full of life and surprises, as its inimitable author.
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jenniferw88
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😂👭✡🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🎧🎙🎬📺

The Priory of the Orange Tree or The Poisonwood Bible

Half of a Yellow Sun 4 3/4⭐

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Tagging anyone who hasn't done it yet, as I'm a day late!

Eggs Thanks for joining in 3w
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jenniferw88
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@Clwojick my goal for June is to finish the tagged & get to as many of these others as I can for #pridemonth. All of them fill a prompt for either #Tbrdeckofcards or #pop22. #bigjunereadathon

Clwojick Great goals! I‘m sure you‘ve heard it everywhere else too, but Evelyn Hugo and Evert Heart a Doorway (and the rest of the series) are AMAZING!!!!! 1mo
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#WondrousWednesday

🎧 tagged - at least 4 1/2 🌟, but I'm hoping it will be a 5 🌟 listen.

Probably The Priory of the Orange Tree.

That my prescription was in the chemist, just in time for my holiday.

Tagging @TheSpineView @Eggs @julesG @Cinfhen

julesG Thanks for the tag. 1mo
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 😊💚🏷 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 🥳 1mo
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jenniferw88
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I could listen to any of these audiobooks when I #walk to the post office to send #litsylove etc, but most of the time music wins as I find I don't stop to get my breath back as frequently.

#200pnpcovers @CrowCAH @mabell

mabell Audiobooks are great for a walk! 3mo
CrowCAH I agree, listening to a book while walking isn‘t the best. I found podcasts work a little better. 3mo
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CarolynM
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#12booksof2021 #12thbookof2021 #December

Miriam Margolyes is a force of nature and her autobiography, read by her, is as funny as it is interesting.

Thanks for this thread, Andrew, it's been fun to see everyone's favourite books month by month.
@Andrew65

BarbaraBB I just forwarded you an email about my package. You can pick it up at your post office. Not sure however if I have the right email address. Let me know if you didn‘t receive it! 😘 6mo
Andrew65 Must be a great read. 6mo
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CarolynM
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I loved having Miriam Margolyes keeping me company on my morning walks. She has an opinion about everyone & everything & isn't afraid to share it. She is as indiscrete & as foul mouthed as you would expect & frank about her views of the world (proudly leftist). I'm sure the printed book would be interesting & entertaining, but it would be such a shame to miss out on all the voices & accents she uses to bring everyone to life.

Ericalambbrown I fell in love with her waaaay back in 1991 when I wandered into Kenneth Branagh‘s movie Dead Again. She had a small part but her scene with Derek Jacobi was wonderful. I will have to find this! 7mo
squirrelbrain I really want to read this one soon - I love Miriam! It sounds like it was great on audio too! 7mo
julesG @squirrelbrain buddy-listen-read? Bought the book in Chester and got the audiobook a few days ago for immersion reading. 7mo
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LeeRHarry Looking forward to my library hold coming in 😊 7mo
squirrelbrain Yes, let‘s do that @julesG …. do you mind waiting until after Xmas though? Hubby knows I don‘t own this one so you just never know…. Otherwise I‘ll get it on Audible. 7mo
julesG @squirrelbrain After Xmas is fine. 7mo
Jeg I loved reading it . Looking forward to hearing it too. Love her voice. 6mo
CarolynM @Jeg Definitely worth listening to🙂 6mo
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...for years I had been a fan of Call the Midwife, the long running BBC series [set] in the East End of London in the late fifties; the acting was of a high order, the stories were gripping and the attention to period detail formidable. ... I knew my agent had mentioned me to them...Every time I appeared on a TV talk show, I'd look straight at the camera and say, 'Please cast me in Call the Midwife. 'Not a dickie bird.

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charl08
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What the bleep do you talk about, then?

Bookwomble Tolkien and Star Trek 😏 7mo
CarolynM I'm loving listening to this on my morning walks at the moment. 7mo
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This is almost a so-so for me, but I know part of the problem is that I‘ve been sick almost the whole time I‘ve listened to it. Parts of this were really tedious, but other sections were fun or charming. One takeaway-don‘t fuck with Miriam. If she likes you, she will tell the world how amazing you are. If you‘re an ass, she will name and shame, in detail, without blinking. She does not pull her punches and I respect that.

GingerAntics I saw her on Graham Norton and I really got that impression. She does not take anyone‘s BS, she does not care who it is. 7mo
CarolynM I'm listening to this on my morning walks. I love her attitude 😆 7mo
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charl08
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Marjorie Westbury was the queen of Radio in her day. She played Paul Temple's wife, Steve, in the famous detective series. She was small and dumpy like me, but had a clear, warm sound and knew how to use it. She made such an impression on one of her listeners that she was left £42,000 in their will.
So far, this hasn't happened to me.

CarolynM 🤣 7mo
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They encouraged my reading and studying from an early age. I liked Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories and Miss Blyton's oeuvre in general; I didn't have an elevated literary world. I joined a library; in those days, local councils put money into libraries and the Oxford City Library was magnificent. I used to get through about six books a week. I loved stories set in girls' schools, I think I read nearly all fifty-seven of the Chalet School series...

charl08 Photo: Oxford Central Library. Pretty sure there's a lot more glass walls and purple sofas since MM's time. 7mo
FlowerFairy Love that couch!!! 😍 7mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve got this one on my radar - love MM! Are you watching her motor home trip with Alan Cumming? 7mo
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charl08 @FlowerFairy past experience with library couches makes me think it probably is not as comfy as it looks.😫 7mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain not yet: buried under K-drama boxsets mostly at present! 7mo
FlowerFairy Truth! If I‘m ever lucky enough to come across a squishy one in that hue, it‘s going straight into my home library! 7mo
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Mummy was extremely house-proud, and she did all the housework in the nude. It was a tad discomforting for our maids and au pair girls, but she liked to get it done, then have a bath.

From Belfast Transport Museum via artuk.org

CarolynM I'm about to start this one on audio. Looking forward to it 7mo
charl08 @CarolynM I'm enjoying it so far. She has a way with words. 7mo
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DGRachel
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I had plans. Then, I watched The Graham Norton Show where Miriam was promoting her book. The hardcover isn‘t available in the US until next May, but we all know I prefer memoirs on audio anyway. So, plans be damned, Miriam‘s memoir is my next listen. 🤩

julesG This is going to be fun. I'm sure of it. 8mo
GingerAntics That‘s going to be amazing!!! 8mo
zezeki I first took notice of her when watching Graham Norton, she is always funny, love her sense of humour and no filter storytelling, yet she does it so elegantly! 8mo
Laughterhp Ooh! A woman I work with is distantly related to her. They had a family reunion and she showed up! 8mo
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Jeg
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I‘ve been a fan for a very long time so this book was a delight to read. If there is an audio book I shall get it. To hear this in her voice would be wonderful. I did have that voice in my head as I read . I think I have to agree with Stephen Fry. ☝️
She says out loud things that introvert me would only think. 😏.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

LeeRHarry I‘m on the list at the library for this - think she‘s fab 😊 9mo
CarolynM I'm so looking forward to this! Saw her in a one woman play a few years ago, she was amazing, held the audience spellbound just sitting in a chair! 9mo
Jeg @CarolynM We saw her in 2012 in Dickens Women. She was excellent. 9mo
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