Valerie Byron's back story reads like a script pitched at the TV and movie stars whose lives and loves she shared in the swinging sixties. But it is true - and told with all the candour and raw honesty of a beautiful woman remembering heady days and passionate nights with celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic. She was part of Britain's ground-breaking ITV company, Granada, which made global successes of Coronation Street and many an edgy drama. In America, she worked in the film business and continued to bewitch those who sought to bed her. This is a book that could only have been written by an older, wiser woman but one who knows herself and is at ease with a life well lived.
|Publisher:||Austin-Macauley Publishers Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Many people want to write about their lives, and the world is filled with autobiographies, mostly by the famous (or infamous). But every once in a while, a relative unknown comes along whose story is every bit as worthy of note as those already in the spotlight. Valerie Byron is one of these. Her life began during a time of great upheaval - 1942 - and despite many roadblocks on her life-path, she emerged a beautiful, brilliant young woman who learned to deal with the kind of situations and relationships that would rob most people of any sense of confidence or determination to succeed. And succeed she did, on many levels. Her honest, unpretentious recounting of her work and relationships at Granada Television in England and in Hollywood are at once fascinating, amusing, and heart-wrenching. Here is someone to whom many woman can relate and from whom many can learn. Her wisdom and basic goodness are expressed without frivolous pathos, her talent as a writer unquestionable, her life itself an inspiration. Too often we read the cliche, "If you read nothing else [this summer, this year, etc.], read this!" In the case of "No Ordinary Woman," this admonition should be heeded. The title is more than appropriate. I rarely read autobiographies, having found most of them to be too self-indulgent or highly improbable. Not so with this. My attention was held captive from beginning to end; my recommendation - buy it, read it, keep it. You'll probably want to read it more than once!