The Happy Hoofer by Celia Imrie

IMG_7567.JPGUn put down able ………that’s how I would describe Celia’s autobiography, in other words a damn good read from this actor of fine good stock.

I have always enjoyed whatever Celia has starred in whether it be Dinner Ladies or The Marigold Hotel. So starring in her own book had to be a winner for me.

The cover shows Celia smiling into the camera lens with a faint hint of devilment in that smile, this was evidenced by some of the amusing stories that Celia tells from kicking over the easel in her art class to her trip to see the Northern Lights …..she had me more than smiling.

Celia’s independence, her spiritedness and resilience shine through despite what life has thrown at her. This autobiography tells of her family, her teenage illness, her passion to be a dancer and her hard work to make it into the acting world and is told in an amusing way. She speaks highly and mostly positively about whoever she meets whether in her professional or social world ….. she is a kind lady. Her time is divided between London and the Isle of Wight and it is clear that on this little island time slows down and acts as a balm for the flip side of the frenetic, frantic hard work that TV and film demand of her.

Many biographies are often lists of accomplishments or a diary, Celia’s book is so much more. I read the paperback version published by Hodder in 2011. There is another book in there now Celia and I look forward to reading your next adventures.