Rarely seen without a smile on his face in public, in reality, Kenny was a deeply insecure man who suffered severe bouts of depression. He also struggled with his sexuality, only coming out to the public in 1985. Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Kenny died in 1995.
This in-depth and affectionate biography has been fully authorised by Kenny's family and contains original interviews with Kenny's sister, Kate and with his former wife, Lee, as well as entertainment figures such as Barry Cryer, Cliff Richard, Chris Tarrant and Paul Gambaccini. Packed with fabulous stories about the highs and lows of Kenny's life, his great friendships with The Beatles and Freddie Mercury, this is a book that any fan of comedy and entertainment must read.
This is a story of
adventure and romance set in the early Scotland of saints and
swordsmen. A young, Scottish, queen must rule, and seek a husband,
whilst in imminent peril from a sea-borne Viking attack. The author,
James Hogg, claimed the tale to be true, handed down in story and
song, and many characters are historically authentic. The remnants of
Beregonium, first palace of the Scots, still exist on a vitrified,
rocky hill top. Excavations in 1874 produced the remnants of a sword,
a dagger and a ring.
Hogg was a self-taught
writer from very humble origins whose book, “The Justified Sinner”,
is regarded by many as the best Scottish novel. He liked “Queen
Hynde” the best of all his works. The character of Wicked Wene, the
queens companion, is a delightful study of the impish, teasing nature
of young girls. Sparks fly when she comes up against the bachelor
monks of Iona!
This abridged version
makes for a smoother read and retains the best poetic parts while
moving the story forward with prose commentary. Illustrations help
the reader to visualize the scene, and notes on the historical
accuracy leave you wondering how much was true.
You are left with a
lingering feeling that something dramatic once happened here. No poet
could fail to be moved by the vista that overwhelm the gaze from this
ancient site. An inspirational presence drifts in the shadows around
Beregonium awakening the poetic spirit to an awareness of the fading
echoes of a splendid past.
Whatever the truth,
standing on the mighty cliff of Dun Bhaille an Righ, the 'Fort of
the King' and gazing westwards over the magnificent bay it is easy to
imagine that great deeds once chose this land as their stage. And
that some beautiful, royal, lady gave birth to a legend whose shadows
will cling here forever.