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Our Betty

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  170 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Liz Smith, once called the nation's favourite fictional grandmother, is a familiar face to all TV and cinema viewers. She is most often recognised for her role of Nana in The Royle Family and has appeared in numerous productions over the years. OUR BETTY is Liz's life story - from her cosseted yet lonely childhood with her beloved grandparents (her mother died giving birth ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Simon Schuster UK (first published April 3rd 2006)
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Rachel
I like the short sections which read exactly as I imagine they would if you carried a notebook in order to jot down memories. It's not tedious or filled with dull detail.
I usually prefer the 'before I was famous' sections of biographies and this was very satisfying.
It interests me that Liz Smith has written a pretty personal account that manages to avoid referring to any personal relationships after her separation and divorce, including those with her children. A paragragh near the end about he
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Redfox5
This book was all over the place and it took my awhile to get into it. I now know that Liz is the nan in The Royal family, which wasn't a show I was overly keen on. This wasn't a bad book but is random snippets of her life, rather than anything in depth. Nice to know that she didn't get her acting career in order until she was in her fifties. Gives hope to the rest of us!
Steph
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wonderful Liz Smith documenting tales from various periods during her life so far.

The style of her writing is simple and magical - you can hear her actually speaking the words as you read them.

A lovely read.
Sarah Robinson
Little snippets of the life of a lady who excelled in her later years. Interesting anecdotes about her younger years.
CuteBadger
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely memoir by much-missed actress Liz Smith containing scenes from her childhood, her WW2 service in the Wrens, post-war struggles, and her (eventually) successful acting career. She writes in a very conversational way and intersperses the text with her own drawings of people she's met along the way. A very warm book which nevertheless gives the impression of a life-long sadness due to the early death of her mother and abandonment by her father.
Allie Riley
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my booklog: "Charming. Very quick read."
Alison
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, loved it, loved it! This is how an autobiography should feel. She gently guides you through her life in a series of memories and scenes that feels natural rather than forced. Charming :)
May Mahmoud McGovern
I am unfortunately in two minds about this particular book, though I practically devoured the first half in which Liz Smith depicts her vivid childhood and unusual family setup the second was far less satisfying, though I do concede that rather than it not being engaging, it had or has more to do with my being a younger reader, and not having the stamina to withhold the steady procession of names that almost instantly took hold of the book and just as instantly made me lose interest - such a sha ...more
John Grinstead
This starts out really well with Liz Smith providing a fascinating insight into her childhood, youth and adolescence, National Service and her early entry to the Theatre. Thereafter, it goes off the boil and becomes something of a laboured recollection of someone who at once appears star struck and painfully unaware of the esteem in which she is held as a comic/character actor. It's almost as if the first half was written by a professional ghost-writer and then finished by Liz herself in crayon.
Nicola Kelsall
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book about incidents throughout her life which she remembers with a mixture of great affection and deep sadness, told in a very matter-of-fact style. Some hilarious moments and some very difficult times - she had a very tough time just surviving mentally and physically, but she never lost her wonderful sense of humour. She is fabulously eccentric and totally unique in character, often playing an exaggerated version of herself in her television and screen roles. In this modest little book ...more
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Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Smith is an American gossip columnist, nicknamed "The Grand Dame of Dish."

On February 16, 1976, Smith began a self-titled gossip column for the New York Daily News. During a 1979 newspaper strike, her Daily News editors asked her to appear daily on WNBC-TV's Live at Five, and she stayed with the program for eleven years. Her exposure on television made Smith a popular figure o
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