Sue Johnston on Sunday – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 11

I think one of my all time highlights of the year was getting to meet one of my icons and I still cannot quite believe I did. I remember seeing that Sue Johnston was coming to Waterstones Deansgate to discuss her memoir and my instant thoughts were ‘she has a memoir… and she is coming here woohoo’. This was then followed by ‘oh I wish I could meet her, and imagine if I could interview her!’ I dropped large hints with Waterstones about this but someone else was doing it… and then they pulled out, and in I came, hoorah.

That's my very nervous face...

Well after being so nervous I didn’t think I would be able to talk (she has been a constant institution in some of my very favourite shows like Brookside, back in the 80’s, and then in Waking the Dead, Jam and Jerusalem and The Royale Family) we started chatting away over a glass or three of wine before we went out to talk in front of her fans (and my Gran and aunty)  and she was wonderful. She was really friendly, very funny, warm, interested in everything and anything and she LOVES books so we chatted about those a lot happy to chat about anything just like I had hoped.

The event was great and I could have talked to her for hours and hours more. We had a very funny moment of both standing and sitting and sitting and standing alternately which made us look like a comedy double act and the whole thing was over far too soon. BUT we might be working on something bookish together next year if all goes well and I pitch it right, but my lips are sealed for now.

You will have seen ‘Things I Couldn’t Tell My Mother’ was one of my most enjoyable reads of the year, and I am always rather sceptical about autobiographies, its very funny but also heartbreakingly sad and so of course I want to share it with you. So if you would like to be in with a chance of winning one of three copies, anywhere in the world then simply tell me, what your favourite autobiography you have read is ever and why. You have until 11am GMT on the 14th of December 2011. Good luck!


Filed under Book Thoughts, Give Away, Random Savidgeness

10 responses to “Sue Johnston on Sunday – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 11

  1. sharkell

    Has to be the Diary of Ann Frank, is that close enough to being an autobiography?

  2. Iacocca by Lee Iacocca. Enlightening reading.

  3. Lisa lings book written after her sister was released from Korea.The love for her &the despair &Joy the family lived through made me cry&Envy their closeness.

  4. Louise

    I don’t read a lot of autobio’s and memoirs however I have absolutely loved three, David Attenborough, Deborah Devonshire and Craig Revel Horwood, who I adore and is just fab-u-lous darrrrrling 😉

    please don’t enter me for this, I’m going to borrow from the library 🙂

  5. Sue

    Deborah Devonshire ‘Wait for Me’ is the most recent and one that has sparked off the purchase of a whole lot of other ‘Mitford’ books.

  6. Loretta

    I didn’t have to think about my response to this question. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is my favorite. It inspirational because it shows that it is possible to completely transform one’s life. Malcolm X was one of the most infuential political activists in the African American community in the U.S. during the 60s, but he was not on this path during his early life. He was involved in crime and spent some years in prison. If you haven’t read this book, you should. It is truly a great read.

  7. Bet

    There is no way I could name just one autobiography that is my favorite. But looking back, one of my very favorites is My Life in France by Julia Child. I loved her zest for life, her determination, and her supportive, tolerant husband.

  8. Liz

    Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, not only for the valor of her family in the face of Nazi oppression but her life affirming and generous spirit during the post-WWII years.

  9. My favourite autobiography is A.A. Milne’s, called It’s Too Late Now – one to wallow happily in. But I’ve read so many other great autobiographies, there are a heck of a lot that tie for second place!

  10. Ann P

    Bad Blood by Lorna Sage. Beautifully written and so evocative of the 50s and 60s.

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