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Close to the Bone

Written by: Lisa Ray
Narrated by: Lisa Ray
Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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"A thrilling journey inwards as much as outwards.... A must-read." (Freida Pinto)

"How fortunate a thing it is, when life alters you without warning."

Lisa Ray is one of India's first supermodels. She's also an actor, a cancer survivor, a mother of twins through surrogacy. She is a woman who has lived many lives. And this is her story.

Close to the Bone is an unflinching, deeply moving account of Lisa Ray's life, tracing her childhood in Canada as the biracial daughter of an Indian man and a Polish woman, her rise as a popular Bollywood star and her battle with a rare, incurable cancer. Transporting and atmospheric, it takes listeners across the world, from Toronto in the 1970s, when Lisa was desperately trying to find place and purpose, to the intense, frenetic streets of Bombay, where, unmoored and lost, she began her film career; from the hot and sweaty sensuality of Colombo, a place where she finally began finding acceptance, to the romance of Holland Park in London.

At once funny, charming and gut-wrenchingly honest, Close to the Bone is Lisa Ray's brave and inspiring story of a life lived on her own terms.

©2019 Lisa Ray (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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My Review of ‘Close to the Bone’

I finished listening to the book ‘Close to the bone’ written by Lisa Ray. After finishing, felt sad that it was over. For a few moments I had to sit silent,just taking in everything I had heard.
Storytelling itself is such a difficult art, and telling your own story in such a bold and beautiful way is even more difficult. She has done it perfectly! Curiosity over the book started after I watched Lisa in the TV show ‘Four more shots please’ and later when I recalled her 1990s Garden Vareli Ad, I decided to read it. Due to lockdown, couldn’t get it delivered, so decided to download it from audible.in. Initially I felt it wasn’t my cup of tea, as I always prefer reading fiction and have never listened to any narration of a book. But as Lisa started narrating, I realised such a powerful writer she is. The one word about her nature that came to my mind was ‘Resilience’ as I went through the narration . As I completed each chapter I experienced different emotions...pain, sympathy, admiration, disbelief,indignation,anger and many many others....could almost visualise as she travelled from one place to another and shared experiences. I also couldn’t help notice how one could be so gullible or naive, yet be brave enough to face and come out of some difficult situations in life. The book also teaches you a lot, makes you wiser. Such a serious book and she has done it so gracefully! I also wondered that if that unfortunate accident hadn’t happened, then maybe we would have seen the Academician Lisa with a long list of university degrees to her credit, educating us in the same way as she is doing now! A great book and I enjoyed listening to it in her voice with perfect diction.Waiting to purchase the book from Amazon as soon as it’s available. It’s a book to be read by everyone. Wishing her happiness,good health and a fun filled life with her family. And my advice to Lisa the author is “KEEP WRITING, you are one talented writer”.
For Lisa the actor, this is the most suitable line..
“You are all of what you told your costar in the movie ‘I Can’t think Straight’— Beautiful,Talented,Intelligent,but not clumsy,though!”

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life experiences through close to the bone

loved to hear Lisa, portraying all life her in brilliant way...courage of fighting ...appearing so beautifully

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Very inspiring n close to heart!

i m particularly not auto biography reader... but this travelogue of LisaRani is very close to my heart, was waiting to read. Book is indeed very inspiring, honest and connects heart... this audible edition is very spl, we get to hear in the voice of author herself... waiting for next journey of Lisa as an author....

Lots of Love to Rani of Ray....

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Travelogue of A Brave Soul

Listening from Lisa Ray 💙 is on another level.
Loved it.. Deeply connected with book

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In love with this book,and the journey.Awakening!!

In love with this book,A truely incredible awakening journey,an inspiration,loved it.A narration in her own voice made it truely amazing.

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Simply motivating and a fantastic read!!

This can motivate and give strength to a lot of people out there in the world. thank you Lisa Ray for sharing the struggles, happiness and your story of strength. truly admiring and wonderful.. Big Fan of yours.!

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Beautiful .<br />....thrilled and inspired

Loved it! It's amazing to listen to her ...she taught me the courage to follow my heart and live my best life.  I am a big fan of yours and a follwers...Do write more books... waiting for the next release. Thank you for the book.

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Masterpiece!

This is one of the best auto biographies I have ever read.Honest, unapologetic, witty, heart wrenching at many times. She's like an open book and beautifully connects all the dots. Everything right from her birth, graduation, the accidental career in modelling and films, her inhibitions, eating disorders, spiritual journey, finding her true love, fighting the fatal disease etc.
In the order of the events occurred she could've well become SD, MD or BB of the Indian film industry but she was happy being herself and that makes her special! There was and there can be only one Lisa Rani Ray!

Oh how well she articulates! Her vocabulary, the flow of her words, how she puts her thoughts alluring the readers into her world, be it Canada, Bombay, the several shoots, her pilgrim travels, her happiest or worst of her times when her body rebelled against her mind. Absolutely natural story teller! I am a Sidney Sheldon fan and always used to wonder how he picturized the characters of his book. They were so well scripted to exactly imagine how they looked and all. But this lady Lisa is no less and even adds on to the emotional aspects of the person. Be it how she described her parents, her childhood crush, short mention of her friend Dorothy, Morkel or any one else, they appear to be standing next to you and you know them personally. Bonafide writer for sure!
All the CBs and bestseller authors of India, please step aside and make way for the Rani, for she is here to rock!

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Even better than reading it!

I had deeply enjoyed and been moved by the book. priceless for the insights on life, of one's sincerely reflected upon and observed Past, present and future. But hearing it is something else. I have heard a few chapters twice over. A beautiful voice and perfectly paced, with just the right inflections and so very personal. I think this is a book I will come back to hear again and again. Go for it!

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Simply excellent

This book is a fascinating account of Lisa’s life.
Such wonderful insight into many different cultures.
Well written and difficult to put down.