Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

By Julie Andrews

"A frank, interesting memoir."
--People "Painfully intelligent, and written with genuine delicacy and pathos."
--The long island occasions ebook Review "Home displays the very features that first made the working-class English singer a celebrity forty five years in the past: intelligence, light humor, and a transparent, candy, unusually robust voice . . . In warmly nostalgic later chapters, the publication starts to glow."
--Entertainment Weekly "A pleasant remembrance of her personal early life, and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic occupation . . . Andrews is an finished author who holds again not anything whereas including a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes all through this memoir of bittersweet behind the curtain encounters and theatrical triumphs."
--Publishers Weekly (starred evaluation) "Frank and interesting . . . Andrews comes throughout as plainspoken, guilelessly captivating and resoundingly tough."
--Time In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews takes her readers on a hot, relocating, and sometimes funny trip from a tough upbringing in war-torn Britain to the threshold of foreign stardom in the USA.

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By contrast, Pop’s occupation in vaudeville used to be nonexistent, and his paintings as a funds check in salesman used to be no longer proving profitable. Auntie and Dingle’s presence on our premises appeared to force him loopy; the dancing classes occurring within the backyard studio irked him, my mother’s help of my aunt and forget of him…he most likely felt he didn’t have a pal on the planet or a spot to name his personal. and naturally, he was once an alcoholic. Later we found bottles of scotch and vodka stashed everywhere in the residence. Mum figured out that he’d placed an advert in a “lonely hearts” journal, looking a dinner spouse. while she requested how he may well do the sort of factor, he spoke back that it wasn’t for intercourse, it was once for corporation. I don’t comprehend if that used to be precise, however it used to be deeply unhappy and it rocked my mother’s international for it slow. So I spent my final weekend with Dad, Win, and the 2 boys. Mum again to The Meuse day after today to speak to the police, who took Pop away, yet they published him forty-eight hours later. My mom acquired a restraining order to avoid him from drawing near the home, at which aspect i used to be capable of return and end packing for my departure. The restraining order used to be for a number of weeks. Mum was once distraught. Auntie used to be panicked and offended. i used to be in a problem; how may well I depart my mom and the men? may she ever be secure? I begged her to dossier for a divorce. She stated that she may. Suffice it to claim that my departure for the United States used to be a nightmare. everybody recommended me to get onto that aircraft for the U. S. My mom, Dad, Aunt Joan, Dingle, Auntie Gladdy, Charlie Tucker, Johnny, Don, Chris—they all got here to Northolt Airport to work out me off. asserting see you later was once pain. Mum and Auntie have been stoic, telling me every little thing will be high-quality and never to fret. move! I take into account the plane’s large engines warming up at the tarmac. We were grouped in a type of military Nissen hut, which was once the Northolt protecting region for passengers. I walked around the concrete at midnight evening and up the stairs into the massive four-engine Constellation, to take my first transatlantic voyage. I had now not but met any of my fellow corporation individuals, who have been touring to the USA at the comparable flight. each person was once effervescent with pleasure, considering what awaited us in another country. i attempted to slot in, yet i used to be very preoccupied. I sat subsequent to Dilys Laye, the younger woman who will be enjoying Dulcie within the express, and she or he appeared worldly and calm and never in any respect apprehensive. She used to be a delightful spouse. We selected the adventure that we might try and room jointly. We spent a sleepless evening touring from London to big apple, preventing to refuel at Gander, Newfoundland, at the method. The journey took approximately eighteen hours, and that i used to be burnt up and emotionally exhausted by the point we reached that tremendous urban. I couldn’t cease wondering the kin. could Mum carry out? might she fairly battle through with the divorce from Pop? What may ensue to the home if she did? the place might she cross? may Don and Chris be o.k.? My Boy pal wage was once going to be small. I deliberate to ship 1/2 it home—but may that be adequate for them, and might that go away sufficient for me to continue to exist every one week?

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