Jack Duckworth and Me by Bill Tarmey with Alan Hart lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Simon & Schuster, 2010, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: Bill Tarmey first appeared as Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street in 1979 when his screen wife Vera dragged him to Brian and Gail Tilsleys wedding only to have him sneak off for a pint at the first opportunity. Bill has played the part of lovable rogue Jack for thirty-one years. Hes retiring after the shows fiftieth birthday in December 2010. Bill now tells the full story of his time on the Street, revealing the hilarious japes behind the scenes with the actors who played Curly Watts, Reg Holdsworth, Alec Gilroy and many more. He also describes Jacks love scenes with Bet Lynch and Dulcie Froggatt, plus the more emotional times when Stan Ogden, Alf Roberts and screen wife Vera died.
Theres the fascinating story of Bills early years, growing up on the streets of post-war Manchester just like Coronation Street but not half as posh. Destined to be an asphalter like his dad, Bill never gave up his love of singing and, by the late 1960s, hed made a name for himself on the northern working mens club circuit. Taking work as a TV extra, where he found himself rubbing shoulders with Sir Laurence Olivier while Dame Diana Rigg cadged cigarettes from him, Bill became a star himself. He was a natural in the role of Jack, whose life uncannily mirrored Bills own with its lurches of fortune.
Packed with anecdotes, this warm-hearted memoir is the book Coronation Street fans have been waiting for.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Knock to the foot of the upper board and the tail of the spine. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 307 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Biography category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!