Eddie had happy early childhood memories of kids' derring-do in Bangor, County Down, but things were about to change for the Izzard family and nothing would be the same again.
When Eddie Izzard was six, he and his brother Mark lost their mother. That day, he lost his childhood too.
From early childhood memories of happy days running with a gang of local kids, doing naughty-ish things in Bangor, County Down, to months of loneliness and isolation at boarding school, Eddie Izzard has experienced loss in a way that no child should at such a tender age. And this, as well as struggling both with dyslexia and also trying to understand his gender and sexuality issues at a time when they were not openly discussed, leads to a fascinating insight into the early life of one of Britain's most idiosyncratic and cerebral of performers.
In his memoir, Eddie takes us on a journey through his life - one during which he has discovered much about himself along the way, and come to terms with not fitting into the box that most of us like to put people in.
With a nod to the surreal humour and disarming candour of his shows, and some occasional digressions, Believe Me tells the story of a little boy who lost his mother yet who has risen to become a star of comedy and drama, a leading advocate of total clothing rights, and an extreme runner of marathons.
Written and read by Eddie Izzard
Directed by Lizzie Davies
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
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