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Brought to you by Penguin.

Get the kettle on, the biscuits out and settle in for a belting listen.

Paddy McGuinness is a much-loved presence on British TV. His stand-up tours sell out across the country. His acting roles are legendary, from Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy to The Keith and Paddy Picture Show.

How did all start? Let Paddy take you back to a two-up, two-down terrace in 1970s Bolton, where his lifey began. He grew up alone with his beloved mum, neighbourhood matriarch Pat, who worked two jobs, as a barmaid and a cleaner, always keeping food on the table at home and almost always keeping her tearaway teen out of trouble.

The road from kipping in abandoned cars with his mates in Bolton to racing supercars on Top Gear has been eventful, with multiple turning points, including formative hard graft as a labourer, running a Viagra racket at a health centre, a showbiz intervention by schoolfriend Peter Kay and eye-popping adventures in the world of teledom.

While he may have swapped cobbles in Bolton for red carpets in London, Paddy has always stayed true to his Lancashire roots, and here he tells his story for the first time, in his own unmistakable style. He lived it. He's written in. It's his lifey - fast-paced, funny and full of character, just like him.

©2021 Paddy McGuinness (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Amazing book, made me think about my life too

Fantastic book, made me laugh, cry and think more about my life too. I can't recommend it enough.

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Honest and funny

I really loved this book, Paddy is a quite innocent man and a kind well grounded lovely human being, love to shake his hand, great true life story.

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took a punt and glad I did

not a massive paddy fan or anything but thought I'd give it a go as the reviews looked good. it was a fantastic book about his upbringing and life. Good down to earth northen bloke

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So funny. Thanks Paddy

Loved it. Bloody hilarious 😂 I was walking with my earbuds along the streets of Liverpool looking like a crazy woman - killing myself laughing, nearly choking on my coffee. Thanks Paddy for making my journeys be so hilarious. xx

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So funny!

Love this book! So funny! Greatest person to read his own life, does it justice.

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I used to like Paddy McGuinness....

But now, I bloody love him. What a wonderfully down to earth bloke. This life story made me laugh out loud several times & also made me shed a tear. I can see me listening to this again soon.

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Fantastic listening!

What a great autobiography, I don’t think I could have read this better. Comedy, tears and life.

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genuinely brilliant! what a life!!

love it! made me laugh out loud and cry real heartbreaking tears at times

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Genuinely brilliant, absolutely loved it

I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was absolutely brilliant.

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Brilliantly read by Paddy. A real guy who has made it big and still looks after his mates. Great book!

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  • Cameron Rudd
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What a fun listen!

I liked Paddy from what I knew of him on Top Gear. I thought this book might be funny, so I gave it a try. I couldn’t have been more pleased!

This was an excellent, down-to-earth glimpse into the life of another. I laughed plenty, and was touched by the vulnerability shown during harder times in his life, especially the deaths of his parents.

Thanks Mr. McGuinness for such an enjoyable few hours.