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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books; First Edition edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843173212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843173212
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,781 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

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"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 16 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
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 16 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Lancaster on 14 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 24 people found the following review helpful By Alison Rose on 5 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Kindle Edition
I has only been aware of Craig as a judge on strictly come dancing prior to picking up this book. I was in the "love to hate and boo as loudly as possible camp", so this frank and very touching autobiography of the trials and rewards in his life really surprised me in how much it hit home.

I admit going into reading this book I had many assumptions, not all of them positive of his lifestyle (although I support his sexuality, wherever it may lie, all the way). Many of those were destroyed and I saw the three dimensional real man stood behind them. I have much greater respect for him now - even if my camp on his strictly comments has not changed.

I would recommend this book not just to fans of the show or his work, but people who like stories of overcoming adversity and getting back up no matter how many time you get knocked down.

I will also now be looking for some of his work to watch as an extension of what I learnt reading this.
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By m lyons on 14 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to reading this autobiography because I really like Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly come Dancing. I like his honesty so I hope he likes mine. I thought this book was really boring and that the writing was very amateurish. He told us nothing much about himself except that all his partners dumped him. He does tell of his time when he started to make it in the dancing world and a bit about his Family. He comes over as a bit sad and I did not warm to him at all.In the end I felt he was trying to make up enough words to complete the book. On my Kindle the book finished at 80% and the rest was photographs. A bit cheeky I thought although, at this stage I was completely bored with the book anyway. I don't know what to expect when I read an autobiography but I know I have not read a good one in a long time.Too many of them out there and I feel they are just a money spinner. Maybe a Memoir should not be written until one is at least 60!!!.
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By R. Moore VINE VOICE on 21 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this for my "Kindle", and it really is a good read, Craig tells of his early life, moving around Australia with his Australian Navy father, his teens learning to dance..tap and then ballroom, his singing career, then doing some shows in Aussie, then moving to the UK, the shows he was in, then turning to choriography, mapping out some of the finest shows in the West End. His love life gets a mention here as well, happy as well as sad. Then we get on to "Strictly" and how he is Mr Bad Guy, sadly misunderstood he is not, as portrayed nasty, he just tells competitors the truth about their dancing mistakes..and they mostly take it on the chin, and learn from their mistakes, except for the tiny minority who don't like being told the truth.
In all a very interesting book..either Paper or electronic...it is a very good read..I recommend it to you.
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