Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens / Eddie Izzard, with Laura Zigman.
LJ Reviews 2017 May #1
In this witty and honest memoir, performer Izzard (Dress To Kill) chronicles his life and career thus far. Izzard, age 55, knew at an early age that he wanted to be an actor and began doing plays and musicals in primary school. Izzard moved often, owing to his father's job at BP Oil. At the beginning of the book, he details one of the events that greatly affected his life: losing his mother to cancer when he was just six years old. Izzard developed a knack for comedy eventually leading to his success as a stand-up comic and actor. Throughout, he candidly discusses his experiences as a self-professed transvestite and his family's reaction. This account feels as if the author is having a conversation with the reader rather than simply sprouting information about himself. Readers will enjoy the diary-like aspect.
PW Reviews 2017 April #4
Beloved comedian, actor, and writer Izzard, known partly for being an "out" transvestite who sometimes wears dresses, heels, and lipstick on stage, shares intimate details about his life and is emotionally transparent throughout this splendid memoir. Born in Yemen to English parents, Izzard moved with his family back to the U.K. when he was young. There he had a happy childhood until his beloved mother died of cancer when he was six. This trauma, Izzard explains, pushed him, with the magical thinking that it would somehow bring his mother back, relentlessly toward a successful career in show business. He writes about coming to terms with his gender identity and recognizing that he was transgender at a young age, but told no one for nearly two decades. As his star began to rise, Izzard grew confident enough to dress as a woman on stage. Whether recounting his boarding-school shenanigans, his struggles with dyslexia, or his work with Sports Relief U.K. over the years (including last year when he ran 27 marathons in 27 days), the book is both funny and painful, and ultimately uplifting.