Get the kettle on, the biscuits out and settle in for a belting read.
Paddy McGuinness is a much-loved presence on British TV. His stand-up tours sell out across the country. His acting roles are legendary, from Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy to The Keith and Paddy Picture Show. He’s hosted some of the biggest shows, including Top Gear, A Question of Sport, Comic Relief and of course the iconic Take Me Out.
How did all start? Let Paddy take you back to a two-up, two-down terrace in 1970s Bolton, where his lifey began. He grew up alone with his beloved mum, Pat, who worked two jobs, as a barmaid and a cleaner, always keeping food on the table at home and almost always keeping her lad out of trouble.
The road from sleeping in abandoned cars with his mates in Bolton to racing supercars on Top Gear has been eventful, with multiple turning points, including formative hard graft as a labourer, a showbiz intervention by school pal Peter Kay and eye-popping adventures in the world of teledom.
While he may have swapped cobbles in Bolton for red carpets in London, Paddy has always stayed true to his roots, and here he tells his story for the first time, in his own unmistakable style. It’s his lifey – fast-paced, funny and full of character, just like him.