Scotland’s most famous comedian is penning his remarkable life in his own words for his first ever autobiography.
Sir Billy’s publisher said the book titled, Windswept and Interesting, would be a “wise, heartfelt, opinionated and hugely funny book”.
After bowing out of his career with a TV special aired over Christmas, Billy has now announced his autobiography is now in the works.
Publisher Two Roads announced the details of the autobiography after he success of a collection of Sir Billy’s comedy routines, Tall Tales & Wee Stories, which sold over 600,000 copies in its first 18 months of release.
The book will see how Billy went from an apprentice welder in Clyde to a music career that propelled him into comedy.
It was in 1975 that Billy’s fame really began after an iconic interview with Michael Parkinson resulted in the Glaswegian’s demand increasing.
Other subjects that are likely to be touched on is the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father which led to him being raised by his two aunts.
Sir Billy said of the new book: “It’s the first time I’ve done this. Other people have written about me – or for me – but this time it’s just my own life in my own words.
“I didn’t know I was windswept and interesting until somebody told me. I had long hair and a beard and was swishing around in electric blue flairs. He said ‘look at you – all windswept and interesting!’ I just said ‘exactly’. After that, I simply had to maintain my reputation.”
Two Roads Publisher have added: “Windswept and Interesting is Billy Connolly’s first full-length autobiography, where the national treasure reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life.
“Joyfully funny and stuffed full of hard-earned wisdom as well as countless digressions on fishing, farting and the joys of dancing naked, it is the unforgettable, life-affirming story of a true comedy legend.”
“There are few people who inspire such warmth and affection among audiences worldwide.
“I can’t think of a better way to follow the phenomenal success of Tall Tales and Wee Stories than with Billy’s long-awaited autobiography. It is a wise, heartfelt, opinionated and hugely funny book.”
Speaking during his final TV appearance in December about his decision to retire, Sir Billy said: “It’s funny talking about the end of my career, because I’ve given it up and it’s strange talking about it as a thing of the past.
“It’s nice to come to that conclusion myself, that I should stop. It’s a nice, healthy feeling.”
The book will be released in October 2021.