Paul O’Grady’s Country Life for the first time gives a glimpse into the home life of one of Britain’s best loved stars, alongside the animals he adores.
Sometimes rural idyll, sometimes hell on earth, Paul’s life in rural Kent has been shared over the years with some very vocal pigs, a mad cow, various rescued barn owls, the world’s most sadistic geese and Christine the psychotic sheep – among many other animal waifs and strays. And of course Paul tells the stories of the dogs in his life – including the tiny chihuahua/Jack Russell cross with Napoleonic ambitions, Eddie, Miss Olga, Bullseye, Louis, Boycie and, of course, Buster, the greatest canine star since Lassie. In addition, Paul shares some of his favourite recipes, explores country lore and superstitions, and extols the benefits of growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit.
This is a warts-and-all account of country living, as far removed from the bright lights of celebrity as you could ever imagine. The trials and tribulations Paul experienced on moving to deepest darkest Kent as a dyed-in-the-wool city dweller are every bit as hilarious and eventful as you would think. He had a lot of new skills to learn, and fast: everything from how to churn your own butter and how to birth a lamb to the best way to lure a cow out of your kitchen while naked from the waist down.
I don’t really read many autobiographies but I am a big fan of Paul O’Grady so couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book, I regularly watch him on one of his many tb programmes that he does. This book is all about him moving to the countryside and about his many different animals he keeps there. Being a big animal lover like Paul I can see his passion and love for all the animals he owns. There are some funny parts which made me giggle, how he refers to a squirrel is just a corker. A charming book with some great little recipes at the back of the book that I will definitely be trying out myself.
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