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All Of Me: My Story

All Of Me: My Story [Kindle Edition]

Claire Richards
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Claire Richards, young, fit and with a figure to die for, reached the dizzying heights of fame in the hit band Steps when she was only twenty. When she left, and Steps split shortly after, the world was shocked by the news. Now, writing with incredible honesty, Claire tells her story, from her teenage music career to her big break with Steps. She reveals that while in the band she faced harsh pressure to stay thin, and starved herself for years. Feeling broken by the experience, she finally left and sank into a pit of depression, gaining huge amounts of weight and losing all self-esteem. Believing her career was over, she also had to cope with a painful split from her Steps dancer husband. Thankfully finding love with her now husband, Reece, got her back on track. He didn't care about her size; he just wanted Claire. And, after seeing her weight go up and down for years, Claire has refused to diet any more. Happily married, with two kids, she's finally comfortable in her own skin on stage and screen. In this book, with humour, grace and sincerity, she shares her journey to her happy ending.

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Claire Richards is loved by women everywhere for her warm and genuine personality. Now she writes honestly about her life, taking us from the bullied schoolgirl who dreamed of peforming at Wembley to finding stardom with Steps. She reveals the secrets of the music industry and what it's really like to be in a band at the top of their career, from the unhealthy pressure to stay thin to the backstage rows. She describes how the stress of her affair caused her to starve herself, and explains why she and fellow bandmate H controversially resigned. Claire also opens us about why her first marriage to Steps dancer Mark didn't last, her dramatic weight gain and years of yo-yo dieting as she battled low self-esteem, and how she found happiness with second husband Reece and their two children Charlie and Daisy. And she takes us behind the scenes of the Steps reunion tour as old issues rose to the surface. Entertaining, touching and funny, this is sure to appeal to Claire's many fans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1662 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Unabridged edition (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028307163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283071638
  • ASIN: B00844Y6QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I always liked Claire from Steps and after watching Slave to Food and the Steps Reunion on tv I decided to buy her new book. It was an easy read, I flew through it in a couple of days. Claire doesnt really go into huge detail about any part of her life although she does seem frank and honest about key events such as her time in steps and her affair with a married man. I suppose I would have liked a little more gossip and I think on the whole she has played it safe and quite rightly, kept her secrets to herself in the main. She is modest and really deserves to give her talent more credit, but it is nice to read hearing her insecurities which we can all relate to rather than a celebrity whose life seems unreal. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys biographies for a quick and pleasant read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this easy read book, and reed it within two nights. I could really relate to the issues that Cliare has had with weight. Claire could have gone into more details in regards to her difficult times in Steps. I found Cliare to be a very grounded person and different to how she came across on the Steps programme on Sky.I found this book to be a very enjoyable read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There's more to life then weight 5 Aug 2012
I am more than happy to admit I have been a Steps fan since the beginning and have never missed a tour, so was looking forward to this book. What a let down!! I was hoping that more information would be revealed about Steps, however this was not the case.

It is very clear without reading this book that Claire has struggled with her weight and as a result of this food, there have been enough tv shows and magazine articles about it!!! The book just felt like an extended magazine article with a little bit of information about her marriages and time in Steps thrown in.

In the Steps Reunion shows on Sky Living, I was surprised by how badly Claire came across. In this book, she comes across a lot better when talking about her decisions and reasons why she left the band.

I was annoyed that in the awknowlegments she did not thank the fans for their support. After all, where would she be without them? I have always thought that the other 4 members of Steps appreciate the fans more. This has just confirmed that believe, especially as they weren't so quick to cash in on the Steps reunion with a rushed, tell us something we don't know biography!!

I read the book in a day, there are only 8 chapters (why write a biography if you can only fill that many chapters?). Even the text size is bigger than normal to pad the book out to just under 250 pages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and very muddled. 20 Jan 2013
I have always been a fan of Claire and am also a person that has struggled with my weight. I bought this book and felt very left down by the book and in fact wanted to take it back to the shop and ask for a refund! The book is poorly written and very muddled. She doesnt really go into any detail about her growing up, her time in steps and since leaving. You learn nothing new. Another biography, rushed, poorly written and not alot said. I think these celebs that release books should wait until later in life until 'writing' about their life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time 14 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book having watching the Stps Reunion programme on tv and Claire's Slave to Food show
What a watse of time and money this book was!!!
For me personally, 3/4 of it was full of stuff we already knew and im annoyed that i pre-ordered this book at £8+ BUT when it was downloaded this price had reduced.
If you have nothing better to do then read this, but personally i wouldnt waste your time
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read 15 July 2014
By Sarah
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Truthful, Honest book, Claire really opens up, I loved reading this book. Well done Claire! Would recommend to others to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 6 July 2014
By Samara
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Brilliant couldnt stop reading for any steps fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my view 3 Jun 2014
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Really interesting, change my outlook on her life so far. So much I didn't know. It seemed to be honest about her life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars holiday reading
Read most of these books on my holiday lighter to carry on the plane than paper books.
Published 5 days ago by Anthony Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good honest read
Good read and very honest from claire, In fact I think she was more than forgiving at some points to other band members
Published 3 months ago by Mary mills, mrs m mills
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Got a bit bored reading this, normally love biographies but this one was all about Claire and how hard done by she was, not worth a read
Published 3 months ago by Mrs S Latham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A really interesting read about what went on behind the scenes of the split and Claire's life in general. Enjoyable
Published 4 months ago by Lisa Marsh
2.0 out of 5 stars Brief and vague!
As an autobiography it is dull and jumps in and out of the same topics. It's very vague and brief. Claire seems to be a great person and, as a steps fan, she is my favourite but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicola Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this. Omg.....
So refreshing to read. A normal down to earth girl who never forgot her roots. Brilliant love story too. I really enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by Miss Deborah R. Aitken
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Having been an avid steps fan I wanted to see how this stood. Having had problems in yoyo dieting Claire has overcome so many obstacles she gives strength to so many women who have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah C
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time
The author comes over as being very spoilt. Someone who never takes responsibility for her mistakes. Just a waste of time.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very honest
Excellent read! can really relate to Claire's weight and diet issues I'm sure many others will too! Defo worth a go
Published 8 months ago by jenna m
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
As an avid steps fan I was quite excited to read Claire's autobiography and wasn't disappointed. All of me not only highlights Claire's constant and ongoing battle with her weight... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kelz
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