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Spilling the Beans Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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Though she may have been born with every advantage, she lost it all, money, friends, home, career, and ultimately through courage and hard work became a self-made woman and rose to fame in the short-lived, but much loved cooking show, "Two Fat Ladies".
A very enjoyable read.
The stories of The Two Fat ladies videos make them even more fun to watch. I really wish there were a video series to go with her book on the green life. I'd really love to see Clarissa mucking about with the ducks and the chickens and making things in the old fashioned way.
Starting with the positive, Clarissa of Two Fat Ladies fame is a forthright, intelligent, passionate lady with trenchant opinions. These are frequently expressed on these pages in the sort of muscular, simple language beloved of barbour wearing types listening to the Archers whilst knocking up a Sunday Roast for the family.
She has suffered genuine hardships - an abusive, alcoholic father (the famous Royal surgeon Arthur Dickson Wright) who beat her and her mother, often savagely. She is genuinely passionate about a lot of good British things - the countryside, locally produced food, field sports (taking delightful swipes at the tiresome and nasty 'fluffy bunny brigage' who hurled such filthy abuse at the countryside alliance march), history - her grasp of British history is wide ranging and impressive. Her asides into points of arcane fact are frequently illuminating, explaining, for example, that the Scottish word 'gigot' for a leg of lamb derives from that Auld Alliance between the Scots and the French pre-dating the Hundred Years War.
As for the negative. Much of the book fits into the tedious 'misery memoir' genre beloved of supermarkets (ironic, really, given Clarissa's well founded loathing of the institutions) where the writer of the memoir throws away much of what they have due to their own destructiveness, and then spends the rest of the book smugly retelling how they got it back, poking fun at 'bourgeoise' virtues all the time. In Clarissa's case she inherited a fortune worth nearly 3 million, squandered it on booze over 5 years (that must be going some!Read more ›
Wright survived a painful childhood, became a barrister, but ultimately was felled by alcoholism and lost her career, her wealth, and her trim figure BUT she never lost her sense of humor or her tenacity to ultimately survive. Wright is a clever and funny writer who tells her story at a brisk pace. The reader is swept along as Wright's addiction swallows her life and we are carried out the other side of the abyss as Wright begins the journey from alcoholic to recovered alcoholic and on to her very successful career on television as one of the Two Fat Ladies. I admit to not being remotely interested in cooking and to have not seen her television program (which having read this book, I'm sorry that I haven't seen it) nevertheless, she is an interesting person and she writes entertainingly and unapologetically about her experiences on her life journey. She very effectively makes the point that AA helped her overcome alcoholism but she does it without ever appearing to be preachy. Clarissa Dickson Wright is a survivor and it's good that she chose to share her story.
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Very disappointed. I was under the impression that I had ordered the book but instead I received an audio tape which is on no use to me whatsoever. Can you help please?Published 3 months ago by Mrs C A Knight
I loved it and her unique personality.
Even if, as a vegetarian, I don't agree with her love of hunting, eating anything meat and suggestion of eating badgers! Read more
An amazing life and a thoroughly recommended read. I haven't enjoyed a book so much in ages. Everyone will love this and her.Published 5 months ago by Eclectic tastes
I think it is a good read. Very witty, funny and poignant at the same time. Very brave to have written it.Published 5 months ago by Jane Carden
"All of us have something we can do, some more than others, but everyone has a natural gift; it is just a question of discovering it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by EviePea48
Interesting book and while I do not agree with Clarissa Dickson Wrights political stance on some issues I do respect where she is coming from.Published 14 months ago by Jill Joiner
For the majority of the book I would give it 4 stars, but it rather petered out towards the end.Published 16 months ago by Barry Tilney
Clarissa of "Two Fat Ladies" fame has written a very good and entertaining autobiography. This is an insightful look into the devastating effects of alcoholism through many... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alumine Andrew