Watching Michael Moore in action—passing off manipulating facts in Bowling for Columbine, spinning statistics in Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country?, shamelessly grandstanding at the Academy Awards, and epitomizing the hypocrisy he's made a king's fortune railing against—has spurred authors David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke to take action into their own hands. In Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man, Hardy and Clarke dish it back hard to the fervent prophet of the far left, turning a careful eye on Moore's use of camera tricks and publicity ploys to present his own version of the truth.
Postwar documentarians gave us the documentary, Rob Reiner gave us the mockumentary, and Moore initiated a third genre, the crockumentary.
How, they ask, does Moore pull off a proletarian, "man-of-the-people" image so at odds with his lifestyle as a fabulously wealthy Manhattanite? And how large of an impact do his incendiary, ill-founded polemics have on the growing community that follows him with near-religious devotion? Loaded with well-researched, solidly reasoned arguments, and laced with irreverent wit, Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man fires back at one of the left's biggest targets—politically and literally.
Many know Andrews from "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins." In this memoir, she looks back on her early years with an aspiring vaudeville mom and a loving dad and her role in "Camelot" with Richard Burton at age 20. bw photos throughout.
Julie Walters has been delighting audiences on screen and on stage for more than 25 years, and has been described as Britain's most popular actress and comedienne. Now she tells us her own story, in her own words. She was born in 1950s Birmingham, daughter of an austere Irish Catholic mother, and was sent to school in a convent. She wanted to be an actress from a young age, but to appease her mother she first went into nursingthat didn't last for long, and she soon joined Liverpool's Everyman Theatre. West End success followed, and she quickly replicated her success on film, earning an Academy Award nomination for her role inEducating Rita. Julie's collaborations with her close friend Victoria Wood have given audiences many unforgettable characters, and she's recently charmed a new generation of fans playing Mrs. Weasley in the Harry Potter films, alongside Meryl Streep inMamma Mia!, co-starring with Helen Mirren inCalendar Girls, and co-starring inBilly Elliot. A natural writer with an instinctive sense of timing, Julie's memoir is warm, moving, painfully felt, fiercely intelligentand totally entertaining.
The Tiger's Child: The Story of a Gifted, Troubled Child and the Teacher Who Refused to Give Up on Her
Torey Hayden returns with this deeply-moving sequel to her first book, One Child (the Sunday Times bestseller). After seven years, Torey is reunited with Sheila, the disturbed 6-year-old she tried to rescue.
William Woodruff had the sort of childhood satirised in the famous Monty Python Yorkshireman sketch. The son of a weaver, he was born on a pallet of straw at the back of the mill and two days later his mother was back at work. Life was extremely tough for the family in 1920's Blackburn - a treat was sheep's head or cow heel soup - and got worse when his father lost his job when the cotton industry started its terminal decline. Woodruff had to find his childhood fun in the little free time he had available between his delivery job and school, but he never writes self-pityingly, leaving the reader to shed the tears on his behalf. At ten his mother takes him on his one and only holiday - to Blackpool. He never wonders where they get the money to do so, only where she disappears to with strange men in the afternoons, before taking him to the funfair, pockets jingling an hour or two later.
Michael Winner, the legendary film director, writer, and food critic, is a colorful figure who has led a remarkable life. He has a reputation for being outspoken, and, true to form, in his autobiography he tells it like it is with sharp and insightful observations. Winner gained his first taste of fame at age 14, when he met the stars for a showbusiness column in 20 London local papers. At Cambridge he edited the student newspaper and became a local celebrity. Winner recounts his early life with relish and provides fascinating accounts of his experiences directing some of the world's most famous actors and actresses, including Charles Bronson, Sophia Loren, Joan Collins, Orson Welles, Marlon Brando, and Anthony Hopkins. Many of them became close friends. As a food critic, Michael Winner is famous for shooting from the hip, and love him or hate him, he is constantly in the public eye.
'Fern is a survivor' Good Housekeeping'A must-read . . . the mother of daytime TV opens up' Heat'I defy anyone to read this and ultimately not to feel buoyed with optimism . . . in this hugely readable autobiography we are reminded of just why we love her' Jane Clinton, Sunday Express'On the outside, I'd continue to smile . . .'Everyone knows Fern Britton's dazzling smile, her infectious laugh, her warmth. But just who is the real Fern?Straight from the heart, this is a life that every woman will be touched by. Fern's story is a rollercoaster of highs - having four children after the age of 36, meeting and marrying her gorgeous husband Phil Vickery - and terrible lows, from barely knowing her famous father as she grew up to crippling bouts of depression.From tomboy to TV icon, Fern charts her journey with humour, honesty and optimism. She tells for the first time why she decided to have weight loss surgery, the cause of so much media controversy. She reveals life behind the scenes of some of the most popular shows on television. And at the heart of every page and every turn of Fern's complex life remain her precious family, so loved.Mirroring her own inimitable personality, Fern: My Story is funny, outspoken, full of emotion, sometimes sad yet always inspirational.
Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Desperate Peril - And a Teacher Who Saved Her
"Jadie never spoke, never laughed, never cried. She spent every waking hour locked in her own private world of shadows. Nothing in Torey Hayden's experience had prepared her for the nightmare Jadie revealed to her when finally persuaded to break her self-imposed silence. It was a story too painful and too horrific for Hayden's professional colleagues to acknowledge. But Torey Hayden could not close her ears... or her heart. A little girl was trapped in a living hell of unspeakable memories. And it would take every ounce of courage, compassion and love that one remarkable teacher possessed to rid the 'Ghost Girl' of the malevolent spirits that haunted her." - back cover.
The second volume of Woodruff's memoirs starts with him having arrived in Poplar in the early 1930s. On spec he turns up at a steel foundry and luckily gets a job. His digs are with an old couple in Bow where he has to share a single bed (head to toe) with their mentally retarded son. Life in the foundry is grim but William is indomitable. For recreation one day he cycles (then in the days before inflatable tyres) to Berkhamstead to try and track down an old girlfriend. She's not there and he has to return in a snowstorm - it takes him eight hours to get back to Poplar and then he has to get up three hours later to work at the foundry. Eventually he decides to 'get some leernin' and his first white collar job starts for the water board in ... Brettenham House! He continues to pursue his studies, finally winning a place at Ruskin College, Oxford. How the ex-steel worker became an Oxford academic - and William's concluding description of returning from the war to meet the son he's never seen - is deeply moving.
Laughter and tears are never far away in this heart-warming true story of a district nurse in the mid-twentieth century
‘Never had I seen so many fleas! Startled by the daylight, they leapt in all directions, particularly mine. Quickly I peeled off her stockings and threw them on the fire, but by now the fleas had invaded her combinations. As for the fur coat, I shuddered to think …’
Training in a hospital in the 1930s, Edith Cotterill’s long hours on the wards included encouraging leeches to attach to patients (a task much harder than you might think) and the disposal in the furnace of amputated limbs. Although hospital life did have its compensations – it was there during the Second World War an injured sailor who became her husband.
After the birth of their two daughters, Edith returned to work in the 1950s as a district nurse. Whether she was ridding ageing spinsters of fleas or dishing out penicillin and enemas, Edith approached even the most wayward of patients with humour, compassion and warmth.
Edith Cotterill was born in Tipton, Staffordshire, during a Zeppelin raid in 1916. She joined the nursing profession in 1934, working at Standon Orthopaedic Hospital and Margaret General and District Hospital, and married a sailor in the Royal Navy in 1940. After the birth of her two daughters, she returned to nursing as a district nurse back in Tipton. She died in 1977.
Brilliant ... a rare book of truth and insight containing hilarious and soul wrenching stories of patients, hospital practice and colleagues, wartime traumas and post-war austerity. Ending with one of the most tragic and moving stories I have ever read,Touching and tender, full of comic but courageous characters, Edith Cotterill’s Nurse on Call goes straight to the heart,Ought to provide the perfect antidote to today's bureaucratic National Health Service
The long-awaited follow up to The Sound of Laughter
Edinburgh, Blackpool, Bolton – the glamour of it all! Picking up from where Peter's bestselling autobiography The Sound of Laughter left off, Saturday Night Peter charts the hilarious journey his career took as he left the beautiful bosom of Bolton and headed for the highway, to hone his act on the greatest stage of all – the British comedy circuit!
Every Saturday night, Peter would turn up at a new venue, with a new audience to win over, and a new bunch of odd characters to share the stage with: chainsaw-juggling lizards, suicidal magicians, and some of the worst tribute acts to have ever cleared a club.
As his reputation grows, Peter starts to take on gigs that he could only have dreamed of when he started out: corporate shindigs in Hong Kong and Geneva, becoming the warm-up man on Parky, taking part in the Royal Variety Performance and finally onto his legendary Live at the Top of the Tower show in Blackpool, and the garlic bread that made his name.
Hilariously and heart-warmingly told, this is a must-read book for all of Peter’s legions of fans and another chance to peak behind the scenes of Britain’s finest comedian.
Peter Kay was born in Bolton in 1973. After leaving school with a GCSE in art, he held a series of jobs including working as a cinema usher, mobile disc jockey, in a factory packing toilet rolls, garage attendant and in a bingo hall.
Since winning the prestigious North West Comedian of the Year in 1996 , Peter has firmly established himself as one of Britain's best loved comedians. Winning numerous awards for his work, including four British comedy awards and three awards from the Royal Television Society.
Amongst other work, Peter wrote, directed and starred in That Peter Kay Thing, Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere, the BAFTA-award winning Phoenix Nights and, most recently, Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Geraldine -The Winner's Story.
More hilarity from the author of The Sound of Laughter
The inside story of the one of the most successful British stand-up comedians, as told by the person best qualified to reveal all about the man behind the comic, his wife of over 20 years -- Pamela Stephenson. Once in a lifetime, there strides upon the stage someone who can truly be called a legend. Such a person is the inimitable, timeless genius who is Billy Connolly. His effortlessly wicked whimsy has entranced, enthralled -- and split the sides of -- thousands upon thousands of adoring audiences. And when he isn't doing that!he's turning in award-winning performances on film and television. He's the man who needs no introduction, and yet he is the ultimate enigma. From a troubled and desperately poor childhood in the docklands of Glasgow he is now the intimate of household names the world over. How did this happen, who is the real Billy Connolly? Only one person can answer that question: his wife, Pamela Stephenson. Pamela's writing combines the very personal with a frank objectivity that makes for a compelling, moving and hugely entertaining biography. This is the real Billy Connolly. This genre-defining book is now re-released for a new generation of comedy fans, with a stunning package and a new Foreword from the author. Pamela's vision of Billy is as true now as it ever was -- as groundbreaking, as moving and as laugh-out-loud funny -- and here she brings the book fully into its context, as one of the most influential biographies ever written.
Born in the East End of London just before the war, Barbara Windsor made her first stage appearance at the age of 13. From her early roles as the original Carry On dolly bird to her current hit as Peggy Mitchell in the award-winning BBC drama EastEnders, her spectacular success in theatre, film and TV has made her a British icon - the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match. Here, for the first time, she talks in depth about the people and events that have shaped her career: her lonely childhood, her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, her legendary affairs, how she has never let her fans down whatever her personal anguish. This is the heart-warming story of a courageous woman and consummate performer who has always made sure the show goes on.
Thank God we have found her.' Sara Payne's haunting words as she announced on television that the body of her daughter, missing for 17 days had been found, touched every individual. Ever since the tragic events of 1st July 2000 when their daughter Sarah was snatched by known paedophile Roy Whiting, Sara and Mike Payne have lived their lives in the public spotlight. In Sara Payne: A Mother's Story Sara will tell her personal story, from her heart and from her unique perspective for the first time. She describes how Mike and she coped with the loss of their daughter and the stress placed upon them by the media campaign for Sarah's Law, and the rebuilding of a family in the aftermath of such a trauma. Each reminded the other of the child they had lost. Guilt, anger and grief pushed the childhood sweethearts down into a spiral of alcohol abuse and violence. Although the future is still uncertain about whether the family can live together, this book is ultimately a story of hope bringing the story up to date with the arrival of her new baby daughter.
'Well now, prove it, Sheila. As John would say, "Put your money where your mouth is." Be a depressed widow boring the arse off everyone, or get on with life. Your choice.' In The Two of UsSheila relived her life with John Thaw - years packed with love and family, delight and despair. And then she looked ahead. What next? Gardening, grannying and grumbling, while they all had their pleasures, weren't going to fill the aching void that John had left. 'Live adventurously', a Quaker advice, was hovering around her brain. Putting her and John's much loved house in France on the market she embarked on a series of journeys. She tried holidaying alone, contending with invisibility and budget flights. She tried travelling in a group, but the questions she wanted to ask were never the ones the guide wanted to answer. She tried relaxing - harder than you might think. Finally, heading out of her comfort zone, she found her travels, and the things she discovered, led her back to her past; to consider her generation - the last to experience the Second World War - and the kind of person it made her. Just Meis a book about moving on, but it is also about looking back, and looking anew. Sheila, whether facing down burglars and Easyjet staff or making friends with waiters and taxi drivers, whether unearthing secrets in Budapest, getting arrested in Thailand, exulting in the art of Venice or searching for a decent cup of coffee in Dorset, is never less than stimulating company. Honest - because if you can't say what you think at seventy-three, when can you? - insightful and wonderfully down to earth, she is a woman seizing the future with wit, gusto and curiosity, on her own.
The extraordinary personal story of the Scottish woman who became a global superstar overnight
One year ago, a modest middle-aged woman from a village in Scotland was catapulted to global fame when the YouTube video of her audition for Britain’s Got Talent touched the hearts of millions all over the world.
From singing karaoke in local pubs to live performance with an eighty-piece orchestra in Japan’s legendary Budokan Arena and a record-breaking debut album, Susan Boyle has become an international superstar.
This astonishing transformation has not always been easy for Susan, faced with all the trappings of celebrity, but in the whirlwind of attention and expectation, she has always found calm and clarity in music. Susan was born to sing.
Now, for the first time, Susan tells the story of her life and the challenges she has struggled to overcome with faith, fortitude and an unfailing sense of humour.
‘When I strutted onto the stage for that audition, I was a scared wee lassie, still grieving for my mother, not caring how I looked. I think I’ve grown up a lot in the last year, become more of a lady, and I’m not so frightened anymore. I’m telling my story to try and show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that you shouldn’t just look at the label – you must look at the whole person, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I hope that it will show that dreams are not impossible, if you’ve got courage and a willingness to go on no matter what the circumstances.’
Susan Boyle was born, and still lives, in Blackburn, West Lothian. She shot to global fame on 11 April 2009 when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent, singing 'I Dreamed a Dream' from the musical Les Miserables. This is her first book.
The Bolter: Idina Sackville - The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief's Infamous Seductress
On Friday 25th May, 1934, a forty-one-year-old woman walked into the lobby of Claridge's Hotel to meet the nineteen-year-old son whose face she did not know. Fifteen years earlier, as the First World War ended, Idina Sackville shocked high society by leaving his multimillionaire father to run off to Africa with a near penniless man. An inspiration for Nancy Mitford's character The Bolter, painted by William Orpen, and photographed by Cecil Beaton, Sackville went on to divorce a total of five times, yet died with a picture of her first love by her bed. Her struggle to reinvent her life with each new marriage left one husband murdered and branded her the 'high priestess' of White Mischief's bed-hopping Happy Valley in Kenya. Sackville's life was so scandalous that it was kept a secret from her great-granddaughter Frances Osborne. Now, Osborne tells the moving tale of betrayal and heartbreak behind Sackville's road to scandal and return, painting a dazzling portrait of high society in the early twentieth century.
The bestselling, no holds barred celebrity autobiography of the year now in paperback
Katie Price reveals all about her passionate and whirlwind romance with Peter Andre. After more than her fair share of heartbreak Katie has at last found true love and this time she knows it's for keeps. Physically and emotionally she has met her match and there have been some dramatic changes in her life as a result. Gone are the outrageous party girl antics, instead meet Katie as you have never seen her before - a woman in love ... with no barriers. She talks about how Peter proposed, why they kept her pregnancy with Junior a secret for five months, and she reveals what it felt like to be the celebrity bride of the decade.
But behind the fairy tale, Katie talks about her heartache over her son Harvey's continuing ill health and her own struggle to cope after the birth of her son, Junior. She talk, too, about how hard she has found it coming to terms with Pete's past relationships...
Her book is by turns funny, moving, disarmingly honest and utterly frank. This is the one celebrity of the year that will give you the no holds barred truth from the woman who always speaks her mind.
Katie Price is Jordan, one of the UK's top celebrities. She is a glamour model, TV presenter, mother and wife. She currently lives in Sussex with her husband Peter Andre and her two sons.
With Jordan's honest, no nonsense attitude evident on every page, this is a truly compelling read...this latest look at her life makes for seriously juicy reading,Intimate, riveting confessions show her in an unexpected and moving light... It's a full-on passionate love story,Compulsive reading,A real page-turner,A revealing romp that you'll find hard to put down
When Judith Summers' husband and father both died within the space of two weeks, she found herself floundering. Life for her and her eight-year-old son Joshua seemed relentlessly bleak. Then George bounced into their lives. A loving Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with film-star looks, George reawoke their joie de vivre. Yet Judith soon discovered that living with George had its drawbacks. He was a full-time job and as expensive to run as a Ferrari. Wilful and badly behaved, he refused to eat anything other than roast chicken, preferred travelling by car to walking, and became as jealous as a spurned lover if any man dared show an interest in her. And when a near-death tangle with a Staffordshire Bull terrier resulted in costly sessions with an animal psychologist, Judith found that it was she who was put on the couch.
Andy Grove survived both the Nazis and the Communists to become the quintessential American capitalist. Even more important, he is the best role model we have for doing business in the twenty-first century.
Any shortlist of the world's most admired business people would include Andy Grove, the chairman and CEO of Intel in its years of explosive growth. During his career, Intel became the model for Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley became the model for the world. And Grove became Time's Man of the Year €"an icon of the promise of American life.
The simple facts of Grove's career are the stuff of legend. Born in Hungary of Jewish origin in 1936, he survived the Holocaust only to face the Soviet invasion. He escaped to New York, penniless, at age twenty, and embraced America, transforming himself from Andr ¡s Istv ¡n Gr ³f into Andrew Stephen Grove. After putting himself through college and graduate school, he arrived in Silicon Valley at the perfect time for an ambitious young engineer. He joined Intel at its foundation in 1968, rose to CEO in 1987, then led the company into the stratosphere, with compound annual profit growth of 34 per cent for the next eleven years.
Despite decades of media scrutiny and six of Grove's own books, there remains a powerful element of mystery around him. This definitive biography, by a Harvard Business School professor with unprecedented access, finally cracks the code of who Andy Grove really is, how his mind works, how he attacks impossible problems, and how he leads others to exceed their own expectation of themselves.
After extensive and meticulous research, Richard S. Tedlow has produced the most complete picture ever of this fascinating, colorful, often brilliant but sometimes maddening business genius.
The most consistent and important theme of Grove's life is how he responds to change: boldly, quickly, with every scarp of his intelligence but no respect for conventional wisdom.
Tedlow, an acclaimed business historian, interviewed dozens of people and examined mountains of documents, with Grove's total cooperation. Yet Grove exercised no editorial control and did not see even one page of the manuscript. This is an authorized biography that uniquely illuminates Grove's life, Intel's history, and the rise of Silicon Valley.
Life for the Yorkshire Dales school inspector is about to become not unlike the rambling hills of the Dales themselves-up and down and all over the place. After a routine school inspection culminates with a teacher being forced into early retirement, Gervase is left feeling his year hasn't begun on the right foot. Then come the news that his local school is closing down, the accidental demolition of a historical church, and a knee injury! And still Gervase gallantly retains his sense of humour throughout, making this a charming and thoroughly entertaining read.
In 1971 Sam McAughtry was at his lowest ebb - not only was he disillusioned with politics, he was also struggling to cope with a drink problem. Yet, by 2002, he had become one of Ireland's most acclaimed writers and broadcasters and was legendary for his passionate political activism. This forthright and revealing memoir is the story of that transformation. With honesty and humour McAughtry describes how he rebuilt his life and discovered his talent as a storyteller and a writer. Along the way he gives a vivid account of his encounters with writers, politicians and celebrities and of his work as an award-winning journalist for the Irish Times and as a broadcaster for the BBC and RTE. Never afraid to speak his mind, McAughtry's view of politics is candid and refreshingly open. Embracing his identity as both Irish and British, he was a key member of the Peace Train Organisation and an influential trade union activist. A Belfastman through and through, his memoir records his twenty-five-year love affair with Dublin and is a tribute to the openness he found there. His election to the Irish Senate, the first person from Northern Ireland to hold this honour, is a testament to the esteem in which the city holds him.
This is the book everyone has been waiting for: national heroes Ant and Dec, Britain's most successful television duo, have invited their millions of fans into their world. The pair met when they were thirteen on the set of Byker Grove in Newcastle. They didn't warm to each other immediately, but soon enough they became best mates and have been inseparable both on and off screen ever since. Bad rap, terrible haircuts, schoolboy pranks and off-screen antics are just some of the experiences they write about in this wonderfully entertaining memoir. Ooh! What a Lovely Pair will give readers an insight into the genuine intimacy and refreshing sense of humour that the two TV icons share.
The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside
When Richard Benson was growing up he felt like ?~the village idiot with O'levels' ?" glowing school reports aren't much help when you're trying to help a sow give birth, or drive a power harrow in a straight line without getting half the hedgerow stuck in the tines. He left Yorkshire to work as a journalist in London, but returned when his dad called with the news that they were going to have to sell the family farm, and, in so doing, leave the home and livelihood that the Bensons had worked for generations. This is not only a moving personal account, but also one that reflects a profound change in rural life.
'I don't blame others for my problems. I stand on my own. And one day, you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself.' These words were eighteen-year-old Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, a woman who had abused him with shocking brutality. But even years after he was rescued, his life remained a continual struggle. Dave felt rootless and awkward, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering 'It' locked in his mother's basement. Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother led to his ultimate calling: mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. From a difficult marriage to the birth of his son, from an unfulfilling career to an enduring friendship, Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learning to trust, to love, and to live.
The lowest of the low points came when she called to beg social services to take her son into care. Totally alone, shoplifting food to survive and still using cocaine, Danniella knew she had to do something. Written with complete frankness, this is the whole story, from the first time she took coke, as a 14 year old, to the horror and shame of her ruined nose, and the near collapse of her relationship with the man who loved her. As her addiction took over her life she lost her friends, family, career and her looks, but when it came to her son, she knew enough was enough. Inspiring and powerful, this is an intensely personal story of the fight back from the edge of death.
Pop star, devoted father and heart-throb, Peter Andre is the man of the moment. His high-profile seperation from Katie Price - aka Jordan - is rarely out of the newspaper headlines and the public wait expectantly to see what his next move will be. With his album riding high in the charts and his personal appearances attracting hoardes of fans, he is as popular as ever. Exploding onto the music scene in 1990, Peter has had several UK number ones and international top 10 hits and, in this intimate and insightful autobiography, he reveals the highs and lows of his music career. Plus he reveals what life was like before Katie and what it was like to grow up in Australia in a family with devout Jehovah's Witness values.
Taking part in the first Lions tour to the home of the Springboks since their return to international rugby with the demise of Apartheid, England centre Jeremy Guscott presents a record of the camaradie, off-duty revelry, high pressures and behind-the-scenes politics.
For 30 years, Paul Arnott barely gave his adoption a moment's thought—until the observation of the likeness between his son and himself provoked a quest to find his own biological parents. What he discovered was a near-complete family in Ireland—his parents had later married and since had four other children, lighting a candle in his name every day for 33 years. His biography weaves historical, political, religious, and psychological thought into a personal narrative of the hopes, "what-ifs," and discoveries of the author's quest.
In this autobiography, Tony Hadley, lead singer of 80s band Spandau Ballet and winner of the ITV1 series Reborn in the USA, reveals the highs and lows of his twenty year career in music. At the height of New Romantic fever, classic songs such as "True", "Through the Barricades" and "Gold" earned Tony Hadley, with his good looks and stage presence, a legion of teenage fans around the world. With his unique vocals, Tony appeared to have it all - then he lost it. After a series of bitter rows, Spandau Ballet split. Along with former bandmates John Keeble and Steve Norman, Tony launched a legal battle against Gary Kemp over royalties - and lost. Professionally his life was in disarray. Personally he was beset by tragedy. His father died. His wife suffered miscarriages. Yet Tony has emerged intact. Tony's fanbase has remained loyal to him through the years as evidenced by his popularity on Reborn in the USA, where he was clearly earmarked as a potential winner early on in the series. His autobiography is a great slice of 80s nostalgia which enjoyed enormous success in hardback.
From a childhood of gothic proportions in a vicarage on the Welsh borders, through adolescence, leaving herself teetering on the brink of the 1960's, Lorna Sage vividly and wittily brings to life a vanished time and place and illuminates the lives of three generations of women.
This story begins and ends with a photograph taken when I was two years old. Finding it was like discovering that I really did exist after all .I t was as if someone was saying 'No, it wasn't all in your imagination, that childhood really did happen, and it happened to you.' Brought up in South London by violent and abusive parents, the Roche children knew only cruelty, neglect, starvation and squalor. As one of ten and regularly beaten, Peter searched dustbins for food and slept rough when he couldn't face going home. It was survival at all costs, every child for itself. Expelled from school at the age of 14, Peter's life of petty crime landed him in borstal - and exposed him to yet more sickening abuse. Then, years later, a chance meeting with a social worker led to his discovery of a photograph - a portrait, taken by Lord Snowdon, of a toddler dressed in rags. It was an image that had shocked the world. The boy in the picture was Peter. This is his story.
Britain's number one newspaper columnist, award-winning journalist and broadcaster speaks out in Littlejohn's Britain, a funny and controversial overview of Britain's political landscape, in which no sacred cow is left unslain. From the Hardcover edition.
Simone is a district judge, whose husband is on the verge of bankruptcy and breakdown. Whilst struggling to shield the children from the chaos, she finds herself with another problem. A letter arrives from someone she has tried to forget and it would seem her private and public lives are about to collide. From the author of LOVE OF FAT MEN.
Full Hearts and Empty Bellies: A 1920s Childhood from the Forest of Dean to the Streets of London
Few people visited the Forest of Dean. They thought us primitive, and looked down on us. nbsp; Winifred Foley grew up in the 1920s, a bright, determined miner’s daughter in a world of unspoiled beauty and desperate hardship, in which women were widowed at 30 and children died of starvation. Living hand-to-mouth in a tumbledown cottage in the Forest of Dean, Foley—"our Poll"—had a loving family and the woods and streams of a forest "better than heaven" as a playground. But a brother and sister were dead in infancy, bread had to be begged from kindly neighbors, and she never had a new pair of shoes or a shop-bought doll. And most terrible of all, like her sister before her, atnbsp;14 little Poll had to leave her beloved forest for the city, bound for a life in service among London’s grey terraces.
Sharon Osbourne has lived - in her own words - 'fifty lives in fifty years'. As the daughter of notorious rock manager Don Arden, Sharon's childhood was a chaotic mix of glamour and violence, villains and diamonds. In rock star Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon found her soul mate, yet Ozzy's drug- and alcohol-fuelled excesses - which culminated in his attempt to strangle her - made their marriage a white-knuckle ride from the start; only her devotion to their three children gave her the will to survive.From the highs of The Osbournes and The X Factor to the lows of Ozzy's near-fatal quad-bike accident and her own colon cancer, Sharon's tenacity, honesty and humour have triumphed again and again. In her long-awaited autobiography, Sharon Osbourne reveals the truth behind the headlines in her characteristically frank, intimate and articulate way. Inspiring, heart-rending and full of love, Extreme is the astonishing story of a truly remarkable woman.
In Still Waters, Jennifer Lauck continues the riveting story begun in her critically acclaimed memoir Blackbird.Passed from caretaker, Jenny rebels her way through high school and into adulthood. She survived stunning traumas of a lost childhood, but survival may not be a way of life. For the secrets, lies and loneliness that once imprisoned her are brought into sharp focus, and an adult Jenny can make her peace at last.But one more mystery demands her attention: the quiet, troubled soul of her brother Bryan. Jenny must dig deep to find the one bond that held them through the years, and the one reason any of us have for enduring: love.
After her years in domestic service, Winifred Foley married and started a family. But, while scraping a living as a charwoman in a rundown north London tenement, she continued to long for her home in the Forest of Dean and the cherished relatives she had left behind. Determined to give their children the rural upbringing she had enjoyed, the young couple moved to an isolated, crumbling cottage not far from the Forest. But even in the 1950s they lacked heating or running water, and money was tight. Food was begged, borrowed or home-grown, and their clothes were hand-me-downs. It was a primitive life of hard work on the land, struggling to make ends meet, and finding strength in the embrace of a loving family.
Colton H. Bryant grew up in Wyoming and never once wanted to leave it. Wyoming loved him and he loved it back. Two things helped Colton get through school and the neighbourhood bullies: his best friend Jake and his favourite mantra: Mind over matter -- which meant to him: if you don't mind, it don't matter. Colton and Jake grew up wanting nothing more that the freedom to sleep out under the great Wyoming night sky, and to be just like Jake's dad, Bill, a strong, gentle man of few words who can ride rodeo like nobody's business. When Colton started work as a driller on a rig, despite his young wife begging him to quit, he claimed it was in his blood. Colton did die young and he died on the rig -- falling to his death because the oil company neglected to spend the $2,000 on safety rails. His family received no compensation. The strong, sad story of Colton H. Bryant's life could not be told without the telling of the land that grew him, where there are still such things as cowboys roaming the plains, where it is relationships that get you through and where a simple, soulful and just man named Colton H. Bryant lived and died.
Once upon a time, Claire Lewis dreamed she would take her camera to war zones to document political upheavals and expose grave injustices. Fate led her elsewhere. And while she might not be on assignment for The New York Times, her current job carries its own dangers: Claire is a wedding photographer. Her world is populated by stressed-out brides and the mothers who reared them, grooms who seduce bridesmaids, brides who change their minds, pass out, or dance on tables in tiaras, and the occasional couple who are truly in love. If you told Claire that you thought being a wedding photographer was glamorous, chances are she’d laugh and give you a list of reasons why it is not glamorous. What it is is unpredictable, funny, demanding, moving, and full of spontaneous moments that cause one to question the nature of love and relationships. As Claire says, it’s all that and it’s never dull. What more could you ask for?Told with great wit and exuberance, this memoir is a hilarious and touching account of one woman’s adventures in a career that she never saw herself in, and of how she braved those waters while also managing to fall in love and have a wedding of her own. A delightful, insightful read, Exposed: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer will make you see weddings in a whole new light.
“Dreams played an important part in our lives in those early days in England. Our mother invented them for us to make up for all the things we lacked and to give us some hope for the future.”During the hard and bitter years of his youth in England, Harry Bernstein’s selfless mother struggles to keep her six children fed and clothed. But she never stops dreaming of a better life in America, no matter how unlikely. Then, one miraculous day when Harry is twelve years old, steamships tickets arrive in the mail, sent by an anonymous benefactor.Suddenly, a new life full of the promise of prosperity seems possible–and the family sets sail for America, meeting relatives in Chicago. Harry is mesmerized by the city: the cars, the skyscrapers, and the gorgeous vistas of Lake Michigan. For a time, the family gets a taste of the good life: electric lights, a bathtub, a telephone. But soon the harsh realities of the Great Depression envelop them. Skeletons in the family closet come to light, mafiosi darken their doorstep, family members are lost, and dreams are shattered.In the face of so much loss, Harry and his mother must make a fateful decision–one that will change their lives forever. And though he has struggled for so long, there is an incredible bounty waiting for Harry in New York: his future wife, Ruby. It is their romance that will finally bring the peace and happiness that Harry’s mother always dreamed was possible.With a compelling cast and evocative settings, Harry Bernstein’s extraordinary account of his hardscrabble youth in Depression-era Chicago and New York will grip you from the very first page. Full of humor, drama, and romance, this tale of hope and dreams coming true enthralls and enchants.
The saga continues. Following their rather public separation and messy divorce the tabloids simply cannot leave the feuding pair alone. With accusations and underhand comments trading camps on a daily basis Katie and Peter are never far from the front pages. Seeking "closure" on her relationship with Peter, Katie returned to I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here where she battled her way through countless disgusting bush tucker trials before walking out on the show. With a rumored proposal and an on-air announcement that their relationship was over, Katie's on/off relationship with cage fighter Alex Reid has added another dimension to the Peter and Katie picture. Offering an olive branch to Alex, Peter has turned his attentions to his music career and his Revelation Tour is a complete sell out with extra dates added. With both Katie and Peter continuing on their separate paths could they really, finally be moving on, or is this saga set for another chapter?
An intimate and entertaining portrait of one of comedy's greates geniuses by those who knew Pter Cook best abd can write about his rare talent. The contributers include Clive Anderson, Alan Bennett, John Cleese, Stephen Fry, William Goldman, Barry Humphries, Eric Idle, Dudley Moore and Michael Palen.
Haunting, poignant memoir of the author's quest to discover the shocking truth about her past, spanning three generations of a fascinating but flawed family. Anna grew up accepting that her parents were glamorous but mysterious figures, who had both died by the time she was seven. It was only when she was in her thirties that she discovered they had both committed suicide. As she began to search for the truth about her parents, she uncovered details about their fascinating and incredibly divergent backgrounds: her father's family can trace their ancestry to King James II. Her mother came from a Welsh mining family. They met in 1950s literary London and fell in love. But a year after Anna was born, her mother was dead. The book explores the nature of loss, exile, betrayal and Anna's own deep-rooted instinct to refuse the horrors of her past and transcend the legacy of her parents. This is a compelling, moving story of uncovering the past in order to reclaim the future.
As a child, Clarissa Dickson Wright was surrounded by wealth and privilege. Her mother was an Australian heiress, her father a brilliant surgeon to the Royal family. But he was also a tyrannical and violent drunk who used to beat her and force her to eat rotten food. When her adored mother died suddenly, Clarissa fell into a mind-numbing decade of wild overindulgence that eventually cost her entire fortune. After a long, hard road to recovery, Clarissa finally faced her demons and turned to the one thing that had always brought her joy: cooking. Now at last she has found sobriety and peace, and her TV parternship with the beloved late Jennifer Paterson as the Two Fat Ladies brought her fame and success. With stark honesty and brilliant wit, this is Clarissa’s own story of a life lived to extremes.
This beautifully written memoir is a compelling mix of heartfelt personal story and insightful journalism. "Tuesday's Child" highlights society's attitudes to difference, but more importantly the defining moment that was to reshape a family's life. It is heart-warming and thought-provoking.