Paddy McGuinness announces autobiography My Lifey

Friday 4th June 2021, 10:51am

Paddy McGuinness. Copyright: Comic Relief.

Paddy McGuinness has written his autobiography, My Lifey.

First rising to fame in the cast of Phoenix Nights, the comedian, actor and presenter's tale of his rise from a "tearaway teen" in 1970s Bolton to the red carpets of London will be published on 28th October by Penguin's Ebury imprint.

They tease: "Presenter, actor, comedian and working class lad Paddy McGuinness surprises everyone, including himself, with his story of young Patrick, the tearaway teen from Bolton who ended up on prime time TV."

The book is now available to pre-order in hardbook, eBook and audiobook formats.

Ebury explain: "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 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, a showbiz intervention by school friend Peter Kay and eye-popping adventures in the world of teledom.

"In My Lifey, Paddy tells hilarious stories from his youth, reveals his unexpected path to showbiz, shows the twists and turns of family life and takes us behind-the-scenes of our favourite TV shows with his signature down-to-earth humour. My Lifey is a funny, entertaining and at times moving glimpse into the life of one of the most well-loved and established personalities on British TV today."


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Paddy McGuinness - My Lifey

Paddy McGuinness - My Lifey

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

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 & Paddy Picture Show.

How did it 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 school friend 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.

First published: Thursday 28th October 2021

  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Pages: 320
  • Catalogue: 9781529109351

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