This is the remarkable life story of a national icon who appeals to people across all generations and from all walks of life.
It is written by close friend, Alison Bellamy, with the full support of Sir Jimmy's family and closest friends.
You can discover the man behind the on-screen persona: seven years spent down the coal mines - until a near-death explosion; professional cyclist, wrestler and marathon runner; Honary Green Beret; the six women in his life who looked after him; raised over GBP 40 million for charity; connections with royalty - and how he was once asked to keep Sarah Ferguson under control; and, the three-day funeral fit for a king.
This title deals with the amazing life of DJ, TV personality and charity fund-raiser extraordinaire, Sir Jimmy Savile.
Superbly illustrated, including never before seen family photographs, the book traces Sir Jimmy's roller-coaster life from his birth in Leeds in 1926.
Readers will discover more about Sir Jimmy's childhood as the youngest of seven children in a devout Catholic family. Here are recounted his years as a 'Bevin Boy' miner and the near-fatal pit explosion that forced him out of the mines and into a new career in the dance halls of Yorkshire in the late 1940s.
His fun-loving personality and intuitive skills as an entertainer led him from provincial dance halls to Radio Luxembourg and eventually to the BBC, where he hosted both the first and last-ever "Top of the Pops".
He also fronted the popular TV show "Jim'll Fix It", which, at its peak, attracted letters from around 20,000 children a week.
Alison Bellamy has tracked down people who knew him in his many different guises.
They include those involved with his tireless efforts as a charity worker that saw the raising of an incredible sum estimated at over GBP 40 million.
There is also fascinating material relating to what Sir Jimmy termed 'the six women in his life' who looked after him in his six homes.
These personal memories help to give a unique perspective on the man behind the trademark white hair, gold jewelry, tracksuits and the famous cigars.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Great Northern Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/05/2012
- Category: Television
- ISBN: 9781905080304