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sir Billy Connolly set to release his first autobiography titled ‘Windswept and Interesting’

The Scottish star first found fame as a comedian in the seventies thanks to his outrageous jokes and flamboyant appearance. 

And now, Sir Billy Connolly, 78, has announced that he is set to release his first full-length autobiography titled ‘Windswept and Interesting,’ on 14th October 2021.  

The life-affirming story of a true comedy legend promises to be joyfully funny and stuffed full of hard-earned wisdom as well as countless digressions on fishing, farting and the joys of dancing naked.    

NEWS: Sir Billy Connolly, 78, has announced that he is set to release his first full-length autobiography titled ‘Windswept and Interesting,’ this autumn

Two Roads, an imprint of John Murray Press, has acquired Windswept and Interesting, which recounts Sir Billy’s remarkable life in his own words for the first time.  

Speaking about the upcoming release of his autobiography, Sir Billy, who has Parkinson’s disease and now lives in the US, said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve done this. Other people have written about me – or for me – but this time it’s just my own life in my own words.

‘I didn’t know I was Windswept and Interesting until somebody told me. I had long hair and a beard and was swishing around in electric blue flairs.

‘He said “Look at you – all windswept and interesting!” I just said: “Exactly!” After that, I simply had to maintain my reputation.’ 

What a man! The life-affirming story of a true comedy legend promises to be joyfully funny and stuffed full of hard-earned wisdom as well as countless humerus digressions

Remarkable: Orphaned by the age of 4, and surviving appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Sir Billy's life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds (Pictured in 1985)

Remarkable: Orphaned by the age of 4, and surviving appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Sir Billy’s life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds (Pictured in 1985)

Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of 4, and a survivor of appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Sir Billy’s life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds.

The Mrs Brown actor found his escape first as an apprentice welder in the shipyards of the River Clyde, later becoming a folk musician with a genuine talent for playing the banjo.

But it was his ability to spin stories, tell jokes and hold an audience in the palm of his hand that truly set him apart.  

Standing out from the crowd: As a young comedian, his startling, hairy 'glam-rock' stage appearance only added to his appeal

Standing out from the crowd: As a young comedian, his startling, hairy ‘glam-rock’ stage appearance only added to his appeal

A star is born: It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson's chat show in 1975 – and one outrageous story in particular – that catapulted Billy from cult hero to national star

A star is born: It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson’s chat show in 1975 – and one outrageous story in particular – that catapulted Billy from cult hero to national star

As a young comedian, Sir Billy broke all the rules and was fearless and outspoken. But his stand-up was full of warmth, humility and silliness too.

His startling, hairy ‘glam-rock’ stage appearance – wearing leotards, scissor suits and banana boots – only added to his appeal.

It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson’s chat show in 1975 – and one outrageous story in particular – that catapulted Sir Billy from cult hero to national star.

TV shows, documentaries, international fame and award-winning Hollywood movies followed, and the star was knighted in 2017.

Sir Billy! TV shows, documentaries, international fame and award-winning Hollywood movies followed, and the star was knighted in 2017 (pictured)

Sir Billy! TV shows, documentaries, international fame and award-winning Hollywood movies followed, and the star was knighted in 2017 (pictured)

Sir Billy’s outrageous and achingly funny stand-up routines kept coming too, until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson’s Disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end.

The actor was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, a degenerative condition that damages parts of the brain over many years.  

Sir Billy discussed the disease while at home in Florida in ITV’s Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure in December

‘It was obvious from my movement, that I wasn’t who I used to be. And so I had to explain it… just to say that I am not defined by it,’ he said. ‘It’s got me, it will get me and it will end me, but that’s OK with me.’

Decades of love: Sir Billy met wife Pamela Stephenson, 71, on the set of BBC comedy show Not The Nine O'Clock News in 1970 and they married in 1989 (Pictured in 1985)

Family matters: The couple share three children, and Sir Billy has two other children from a previous marriage (Pictured in 2012)

Decades of love: Sir Billy met wife Pamela Stephenson, 71, on the set of BBC comedy show Not The Nine O’Clock News in 1970 and they married in 1989

Opening up: The actor was first diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013, a degenerative condition that damages parts of the brain over many years and has spoken openly about his experience

Opening up: The actor was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, a degenerative condition that damages parts of the brain over many years and has spoken openly about his experience

Sir Billy met wife Pamela Stephenson, 71, on the set of BBC comedy show Not The Nine O’Clock News in 1970 and they married in 1989. 

Billy has two children, Jamie, 51, and Cara, 47, from his first marriage to Iris Pressagh. He and Pamela are parents to Daisy, 36, Amy, 34 and Scarlett, 32. 

Since stepping away from stand-up, The Last Samurai star has continued making TV shows, creating extraordinary drawings, and writing. 

Sir Billy – a former shipyard worker – has already written two books – Tall Tales and Wee Stories and Made in Scotland – that touched on his life growing up in Glasgow.  

But his autobiography is the complete story of his eventful existence that propelled him from being a welder on the Clyde docks via a stint as a folk singer to become one of the world’s best-loved comics. 

Teary-eyed: Sir Billy announced his retirement after 50 years in stand-up as he insisted he's in 'great health' despite his diagnosis

Teary-eyed: Sir Billy announced his retirement after 50 years in stand-up as he insisted he’s in ‘great health’ despite his diagnosis

Nick Davies, Managing Director of John Murray Press said of the upcoming publication: ‘National Treasure… ‘Welder Statesman’… Living Legend… there are few people who inspire such warmth and affection among audiences worldwide.

‘I can’t think of a better way to follow the phenomenal success of Tall Tales and Wee Stories than with Billy’s long-awaited autobiography.

‘It is a wise, heartfelt, opinionated and hugely funny book. And it has been one of the great pleasures of my career to work on it.’

Sir William Connolly, CBE has been the recipient of a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award and is regularly voted the nation’s favourite stand-up comedian.


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