Northumberland Author LJ Ross Recommends This Book for Your Next Read
Northumberland-born LJ Ross is the bestselling author of the DCI Ryan murder mystery series. Each month, she shares an exclusive Book Club pick with Living North readers
It’s a departure from our usual trend towards crime and thriller fiction but, as a BAFTA-winning actor, respected voice artist and all-round naughty ‘character’, Margolyes’ life story doesn’t disappoint. Hilarious and jaw-dropping in equal measure, it charts the rise of a ‘national treasure’, complete with anecdotes wild enough to set your hair on end…
This Much is True by Miriam Margolyes
‘Everybody loves a good laugh, and this memoir delivers laughs aplenty! When considering how best to describe this book, I find there are almost too many adjectives: raucous, rambunctious, lewd, potty-mouthed, vivacious, gloriously filthy yet tender, heart-warming and outspoken, to name a few.
Above all else, Margolyes has that rare ability many of us find so difficult, which is to be fully, searingly honest – no matter what people may think of us. It’s an admirable trait and makes for a compulsive, immersive read which feels much more like a conversation with a friend than mere words on a page.
I’d heartily recommend this book to anyone in need of a pick-me-up, who is prepared to step outside their usual reading tropes to discover something different!’