Known to millions as "The Royle Family"'s Jim Royle, Ricky Tomlinson is one of the UK's best-loved actors. His mother used to say he'd lived three lives - but even she miscounted. Here he recalls his time as a banjo player, plasterer and comic, as an activist and unwilling guest of Her Majesty.
"I know that I'm going to get stick over this book, but there you go - it can't be helped. And some readers might think I'm a terrible liar when they read what follows, but everything in this book is true. Enough lies have been told about me, without me adding to them." Famous as the lovable couch potato Jim Royle of "The Royle Family", Ricky Tomlinson has entertained millions without ever leaving his armchair. In his autobiography, he surprises yet again with a story of love, hardship, humour, injustice and triumph. His mother used to tell him that he had lived three lives, but even she miscounted. He has been a plasterer, banjo player, stand-up comic, union agitator, political activist, film extra, award-winning actor and unwilling guest of Her Majesty's prison service. Renowned and respected for his honesty, wit and integrity, Ricky brings all of these qualities to his extraordinary, moving and inspiring story.