Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world’s most famous nanny.
Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents’ painful divorce; her mother’s turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews, and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England. Julie’s professional career began at the age of twelve, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the Queen. When only eighteen, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.
Home is filled with numerous anecdotes, including stories of performing in My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison on Broadway and in the West End, and in Camelot with Richard Burton on Broadway; her first marriage to famed set and costume designer Tony Walton, culminating with the birth of their daughter, Emma; and the call from Hollywood and what lay beyond.
Featuring over fifty personal photos, many never before seen, this is the personal memoir Julie Andrews’ audiences have been waiting for.
Awards: #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list 4/27!
Also a Wall Street Journal, London Times, LA Times, Washington Post, USA Today and national BookSense bestseller!
“a decisively unsoppy account of a typically dismal English childhood, complete with cramped lodgings and brutish relatives, which Andrews tells briskly and without self-pity… Many celebrity memoirs overegg the rotten aspects of a childhood in order to flatter the achievements that follow it, but Andrews resists this. Her approach is restrained, and the quality of her prose is such that you are reminded she is already an established children’s author…. painfully shrewd and written with real delicacy and pathos… as revealing for what it doesn’t say as for what it does.” – New York Times
“… (a) delightful remembrance of (Julie’s) childhood and engrossing prelude to her cinematic career. Readers will rejoice, since Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Celebrity-memoir-lovers will enjoy her personal anecdotes and her humor, but this is more than the usual tell-all. Andrews paints a detailed and evocative picture of post-war England and the life of a child star. A highly recommended, welcome addition to the genre.” – Library Journal
“[Andrews’] lovely new autobiography, Home, reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice. No word yet on a sequel; with any luck, we face but a brief intermission before the glittering second act.” – Entertainment Weekly
“the book is magic. ” London’s Sunday Times
“A sparse, elegant prose stylist… she calmly debunks a few myths about herself, speaks frankly about her complex relationship with her mother and stepfather; and writes movingly about how she discovered, as an adult, that she’d fallen in love with performing.” – Seattle Times
Library ISBN:0786865652 – January 1, 1970 (All day)
Hardcover ISBN:978-0-7868-6565-9 – April 1, 2008 (All day)