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My Judy Garland Life

Susie Boyt

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction

An irresistible mixture of memoir, biography, cultural analysis, experiment and hero-worship about one person's enduring obsession. Anniversary Edition with new preface published to coincide with the new film, Judy, starring Rene Zellweger.

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...

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Praise for My Judy Garland Life

  • I'm blown away by this book . . . endlessly thoughtful, moving and entertaining . . . the writing is superb - Joseph O'Neill, author of NETHERLAND

  • 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

  • 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 - Ali Smith, THE TIMES

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Susie Boyt

Susie Boyt is the author of four acclaimed novels and writes a weekly column about fashion for the Financial Times. She also works part-time as a bereavement counsellor

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