So I’ve stuck to the new year resolution so far and book 2 of the year was Philomena Begley’s biography “My life, my music, my memories”.
This was another Christmas present. Anyone who knows me will know my love of country music and there is no question that Philomena is the Queen of the Irish Country music scene. I have been lucky enough to meet her on a quite a few occasions and know what a character she is.
Her book very much documents her life which you would expect for a biography. Her early years, her start in the music world, and the beginning of her life on the road.
It jumps between the the mania of life on the road and the relative calm of life at home for Philomena and her family.
While I enjoyed this book and Philomena’s story, I think the structure of the book was a bit off. For a lady who had just marked 50 years in the business I’m sure there were many more stories to be told. I would like to have heard more about life on the road, the best gigs, her most memorable performances. Now don’t get me wrong there are stories from the road in the book but I just feel there are many more to hear about.
What I did like about this book however, is it showed a completely different side to Philomena that we are not accustomed to seeing, the wife and the mother. For someone who leads such a showbiz lifestyle, her home life is the complete opposite. She clearly relishes in her role as a mother and now a grandmother.
If like me you are a country music fan, this is an enjoyable light read.
You can buy here
I am moving away from the biographies this month and have started a thriller “Behind Closed Doors”.
If you have any book recommendations, I would love to hear them,
Hope you enjoyed this,
Lots of Love