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My Judy Garland Life

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781844084128

Price: £9.99

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Fascinating and extraordinary, thrilling and poignant, My Judy Garland Life will speak to anyone who has ever nursed an obsession or held a candle to a star.

Judy Garland has been an important figure in Susie Boyt’s life since she was three years old, comforting, inspiring and at times disturbing her. In this unique book, Boyt travels deep into the underworld of hero worship, reviewing through the prism of Judy our understanding of rescue, consolation, love, grief and fame. What does it mean to adore someone you don’t know? What is the proper husbandry of a twenty-first century obsession?

Boyt’s journey takes in a duetting breakfast with Mickey Rooney, a Munchkin luncheon, tea with the largest collector of Garlandia, an illicit late-night spree at the Minnesota Judy Garland Museum and a breathless, semi-sacred encounter with Miss Liza Minnelli . . .


** 'The book defies definition . . . it is a bold experiment that sets out to map the boundaries of celebrity obsession, and somewhere along the way discovers what it means to be human . . . beautiful, heart stopping writing
Viv Groskop, OBSERVER
** 'For anyone out there who still has a heart and isn't afraid to use it!
Head of the Judy Garland Fan Club
What a self-deprecating, funny, moving, entertaining read it is, a mad love letter from Susie Boyt to Judy Garland . . . It makes for a new kind of memoir, one that finds a way to insert, philosophically and emotionally, between the plain words "my" and
Ali Smith, THE TIMES
** 'I'm blown away by this book . . . endlessly thoughtful, moving and entertaining . . . the writing is superb
Joseph O'Neill, author of NETHERLAND