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Craig Revel Horwood
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4 Sep 2008
As the most outspoken judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood is no stranger to controversy and is notorious for his cutting put-downs and often brutal honesty. In "All Balls and Glitter", Craig turns the spotlight on himself and is at his most candid yet. Craig tells his remarkable life story, beginning with his childhood in Australia, and spills the secrets of his celebrity encounters. Discover the sordid tale of his escape from his small-town home in Ballarat, aged just fifteen, to embark on a career as a song-and-dance man (and drag queen), and how his family past came back to haunt him. Uncover the intimate secrets of his straight marriage and gay relationships, and the treachery and heartbreak that accompanied them. And hear all the details about Craig's fascinating career as a performer, choreographer, director and, most recently, as a TV star on Strictly, Fame Academy and Celebrity MasterChef. Craig has scaled the heights of show business and has worked with such legends as Dame Judi Dench, Julie Andrews, John Barrowman, Tina Turner and Olivia Newton John. "All Balls and Glitter" is unmissable, packed with breathtaking backstage gossip and showbiz secrets from one of the most captivating men on television.

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books; First Edition edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843173212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843173212
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, September 14 2008

"Reading Craig's bizarre but heartbreaking life story, he's more stiletto in the glitter than stig in the mud!" -- New!, September 9 2008

"explosive" ... "a scandalous story coupled with Craig's trademark honesty" -- Woman's Own, September 2008

"he lifts the lid on his racy past and his co-stars" -- Daily Mail Weekend, August 30 2008

"very frank" -- Closer, September 27 2008

Explosive revelations, backstage gossip and lots of theatrical excess are generously seasoned with spicy secrets of his own murky past and make this book exactly what one might expect from this larger than life character.
-- reFRESH, Jan / Feb 09 issue


"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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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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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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23 of 24 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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 2 Oct 2008
What a read! Craig is as honest and straightforward as you'd expect and so open about his life. His no holds barred style really takes you through the highs and lows, the laughter and the tears. It's a must-read for Strictly fans. I couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Craig Revel 6 April 2014
By Pauline
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved reading all about Craig and also found the book a very interesting insight to his life.
Hope he carries on for many more years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He is fabulous 6 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great read I bought it for a friend and they loved it. Shows another side of Craig apart from the Strictly judge one
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A great read very honest very funny I enjoyed it greatly, not what I expected at all not all , very entertaining
Published 25 days ago by paula mundell
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Really good read with lots of humour and a little sadness. If you love Craig then you'll love this book feels just like he's talking to you.
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A-maz-ing
A real insight into his hard upbringing and the highs and lows of a career in dance/theatre. A fab read!!
Published 1 month ago by Linda L
5.0 out of 5 stars great
perfect to deal with very fast service many thanks will be back again and again will tell my mate the same thank you
Published 2 months ago by richard morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
High and lows, really enjoyed Craig's writing. Always knew it was all an act on Strictly lol. Very good read.
Published 2 months ago by Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars All Balls and Glitter
I found Craig's book funny, sad, very well written and incredibly honest. A refreshing read about a very talented man. More please! I am a real fan of his now.
Published 2 months ago by Aileen Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed this book. It gave you an insight into the beginning of his career. Did not realize he came from quite a big family.
Published 2 months ago by Carol A. McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars A good entertaining book
A good read funny sad entertaining enjoyed it more than I thought I would . Found out a lot about this person.
Published 2 months ago by judith martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it more than I thought I would
Obviously, I had seen Craig on television but didn't follow the show. However, this is well written and, ultimately, an interesting story.
Published 2 months ago by Cocodemer
3.0 out of 5 stars all balls
I bought this book for my 91 year old mother as she watches strictly and she felt it was a bit to explicit about craig,s lovelife
my advice is don't buy for someone over a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brenda
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