Front page press coverage on h/b publication in nationals such as The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail focused on the amazing revelations Julie Andrews makes in Home, about the identity of her father among others. 'This memoir of her very English childhood ends in 1963 with her getting on the aeroplane at the age of 28 to make Mary Poppins - Hollywood still a mystery. No nuns, no Nazis, no Christopher Plummer. And yet the book is magic' Sunday Times 'In The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins, she epitomised innocence. Now,in her startliing new memoirs,Julie Andrews reveals the black childhood that made her so ruthless in real life. But is her greatest secret still hidden?' Daily Mail 'This delightful remembrance of her own childhood and engrossing prelude to her cinematic career... Readers will rejoice, since Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Dame Julie Andrews is an Emmy, Grammy and Academy-Award-winning actress and singer, best-known for her roles in MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
Andrews's memoir looks to be the first in a series chronicling this much-loved star's life, as it spans only her early years through her stage success in Camelot (1960). Her story begins in 1935 England, when she was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a well-liked father who was a teacher. Her parents divorced, and her mother married Canadian tenor Ken Andrews; together, they performed in music halls across England. When Julie's voice was "discovered," she was made part of the act and began her professional career at 12, becoming the youngest solo performer at a Royal Command Performance. As her fame grew, she landed a role in Broadway's The Boyfriend, and at age 18, her successful musical comedy career began. Celebrity-memoir-lovers will enjoy her personal anecdotes and her humor, but this is more than the usual tell-all. Andrews paints a detailed and evocative picture of postwar England and the life of a child star. A best-selling children's author (The Great American Mousical), she has never told her own story before. A highly recommended, welcome addition to the genre.-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Told with candour and poignancy - CANDISrevealing - MAIL ON SUNDAYa modest but candid and frequently amusing self-portrait of the star before fans got to know her - DAILY MAILCandid and perceptive, providing a vivid portrait of her formative years, this memoir will delight her legions of admirers - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
In recounting her early musical and theatrical training, Andrews discusses the importance that she placed on the care and maintenance of her vocal chords. Listeners of this delightful audio will feel extremely grateful that the show business legend demonstrated such remarkable foresight all those decades ago. Her performance represents a shining achievement in vocal quality. The enhanced first CD includes photos from Andrews's personal collection. Sprinkled through Andrews's narration are a few prized archival snippets of her most memorable early Broadway tunes, and Ian Fraser's gentle piano interludes befit the poignancy of the material. Yet the focal point remains firmly planted on the power of the storytelling itself. Andrews projects the tone of a motherly figure confiding with her dearest friends over a cup of tea, and the 13-hour length truly flies by as if they were mere minutes. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.