A Young Man's Passage

A Young Man's Passage

Paperback (01 Jun 2006)

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Synopsis

This is Julian Clary's story, in his own words - the tale of an awkward schoolboy who became a huge worldwide success on stage and screen.

After a sheltered suburban upbringing, Julian was sent to St Benedict's, where beatings from 'holy' men gave him some brutal life lessons, and other 'unholy' boys his first awakenings of sexuality. He had just one true friend and ally, Nick - to his other school peers, Julian's aloof demeanour made him an enigma or simply a figure of ridicule. In school he was just another pained adolescent, but inside Julian was a new Jean Genet or Quentin Crisp bursting to get out.

Leaving St Benedict's thankfully behind him, Julian went on to college where he found his true vocation as an entertainer with a peculiar comic brand of smut and glamour. At the same time, he was finding as much sex as he could, sometimes with remarkably less-than-glamorous characters.

Periods in community theatre and the singing telegram industry followed before Julian hit the big time with cabaret co-star Fanny the Wonder Dog as The Joan Collins Fan Club. Soon, the world was his oyster. But fame came at a price, as Julian struggled not only with the reality of being a high-profile gay man in the 1980s but also the pain of losing his lover to terminal illness.

Far more than just another celebrity autobiography or 'funny book', this is a touching, beautifully written and wryly witty account of a unique progression from shy child to comedy icon.

About the Publisher

Ebury Press

Ebury Press

Including memoir and popular history, cookery and humour books, travel-writing, sport, music and reference, Ebury Press publishes across the range of popular non-fiction. Combining books from household names – – such as Caitlin Moran, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, Danny Wallace, Annabel Karmel, Dave Gorman, Stuart Maconie, Delia Smith and Pam Ayres - with work from the newest talents, Ebury Press has a reputation for publishing bestsellers in almost every genre of commercial non-fiction.

Book information

ISBN: 9780091908720
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Imprint: Ebury Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 792.7028092
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 244g
Height: 197mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 21mm