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All Balls and Glitter: My Life

All Balls and Glitter: My Life [Kindle Edition]

Craig Revel Horwood
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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Craig writes affectionately about his larger-than-life family - including a hard-drinking, shotgun-waving father (You Magazine, Mail on Sunday)

Explosive (Woman's Own)

A bizarre but heartbreaking life story (New!)

Very frank (Closer)


"With his autobiography causing a stir - thanks to Craig's tales of his time as a rent boy, a drag queen and a happily married heterosexual"

"Reading Craig's bizarre but heartbreaking life story, he's more stiletto in the glitter than stig in the mud!"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843173883
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (21 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K6MCME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats Off to Hard Work 22 Sep 2009
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of going into Musical Theatre as it spells out in no uncertain terms just what it takes to be successful. There is a wealth of detail about the day to day, or month to month, experience of working hard to get to the level required.

He doesn't shy away from the pressures, both personal and professional. Fortunately, this is tempered with anecdotes about the fun that is to be had as well. It was very interesting and unusual to hear that the men have issues about weight and appearance as much as the girls. Those of us who have been involved in the business know the huge pressure on the women, but it's important to know this affects men as well. Craig Revel Horwood is very frank about his own experience and how he deals with it.

He has been lucky in some ways in the opportunities he has been presented with, but it takes a determined professional to make the most of them. He also highlights the fact that though you may be in a West End show one week, you can just as easily be waiting tables the next.

He has also had the foresight to invest in other lines of business and property, and it is interesting to see how that has affected his life as well.

Then, of course, there are the names! Not casually and boastfully dropped in here, but given in a direct and clear-sighted way; he talks about stars as people, not icons which is wonderfully refreshing.

The book also whips you along from page to page. The personal details are as fascinating as anything else, but reported without undue drama. It's a good view of a life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-MA-ZING! 14 Sep 2008
All Balls and Glitter was a sensational read - I could'nt put it down.

What ever you thought of Craig from Strictly (acid tongued and critical) certainly portrays himself in a very different light and openly exposes his secret past. He takes us back to his childhood of rural Australia and his desperate actions to get him out of a miserable childhood. Taking the reader on a wonderful and colorful journey to how Craig became the judge we all love to hate.

It has gossip, truth, scandal, sex and love everything you want in a good Barbara Cartland !! But this is Craigs real life and is no fictional story ! A wonderful addictive read.

It appeals to everybody, and highly recommend this book its certainly not DULL DULL DULL !!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Darling................ 5 Sep 2008
Got this yesterday and have just finished - really good read!
Not all about Strictly as there is so much more to Craig than that - but enough Strictly for the fan.
What a life this man has had - I'm not going to include spoilers in this review you will have to read it for yourself - but its a page turner that is for sure!
Nice glittery bits on the cover :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I got 'All Balls and Glitter' having managed to avoid most of the media spoilers as I don't follow celebrity lifestyles. I do however, absolutely lurrrve Strictly, and who better to fill the gap between seasons than Craig?

First surprise - As the second oldest in a family of five with some much younger siblings, Craig is a dab hand at mixing baby formula, changing nappies and generally caring for small children.

Second surprise. Although his alcoholic father was somewhat of a tyrant when he was growing up, Craig flatly refuses to slur his name beyond the facts. His ex-Navy father is surprisingly proud of his very talented son's background as a drag artiste, and Craig clearly respects his Dad. Respect back to Craig.

Third surprise. Craig had a heterosexual marriage to an attractive Welsh woman called Jane - he genuinely loved and respected her. The jaw hit the floor with that one.

What a cracking read all that was, and I wasn't even halfway through. I loved the insight into musical theatre and choreography and Craig's wonderfully self-deprecating tone throughout. He's not afraid to tell a story against himself and many of them are very, very funny. I wish him personal happiness to go with his glittering career, he deserves it very much. Big hugs to him.
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I really enjoyed this extraordinary tale of Craig's life. I like him on SCD, and was quite amazed at the twists and turns in his journey. He appears to tell nearly all, and lots against himself, which many who write would shy away from. Quite a few difficult times which he has dealt with as well as the glitz and glamour I expected him to uncover. A lot of fun to hear to behind the scenes stuff. I like him, and think he is a very fair judge on SCD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Fun 18 Feb 2010
Very informative about Craig's life; highly amusing in places and sad in others; an easy read which gives an excellent insight into what makes Craig tick!!!!
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Have had a quick look through think it'l b a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all balls and glitter my life 24 Jun 2014
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all balls and glitter i ordered this book for a friend of mine and she loved it said what a good book it wqas
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