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Anything Goes: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

John Barrowman with Carole E. Barrowman
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24 Jan 2008
Anything Goes lays bare John's story for the very first time, in his very own words. Describing his life from his Glaswegian childhood and American adolescence to his current incarnation as Captain Jack Harkness in the ever-popular Torchwood and Doctor Who, this exclusive book provides a no-holds-barred insight into the extraordinary experiences of one of the best-loved figures in show business.

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (24 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843172895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843172895
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charmingly lurid memoir -- Daily Telegraph, February 2, 2008

Gossipy, fun and endlessly entertaining -- The Daily Record, February 2, 2008

"Multi-talented John Barrowman, the star of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, tells of behind-the-scenes celeb high jinks, hilarious memories and the sometimes moving story of his two decades of work in the film, TV, music and theatre industry in this open and entertaining autobiography" -- The Glasgow Herald, Jan 08

Anything Goes is a refreshingly honest, funny and engaging read that hooks readers from the opening chapter. -- Woman's Way Magazine (Ireland), Feb 08

John Barrowman is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold and this heart felt autobiography is no exception ...This is a charming read that really gives us insight into John Barrowman.
-- Beige Magazine, April 2008

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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An invitation..... 18 Jan 2008
By JB Fan
As a long-time fan of John, I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his autobiography. It seems an age ago that the announcement was first made. In reality, it was only last June. Imagine the lovely surprise then, when I arrived home from work yesterday, and there it was, my copy of the book, a whole week ahead of schedule!

First impressions are good. The front cover has a true-to life photo of John looking natural and very happy. Colour theme is blue and silver - his colours, and very classy.

The book is short - just 245 pages, so no room for wasted words! Many more pictures inside. And a final treat - on the back cover one of him as a boy, one as Captain Jack, and one of him in his bathers!!!!! At that stage, I melted all over the floor.

And so, at 11pm last night, I started to read. And I just HAD to finish in one go. Forgive me if I'm not making sense today; I turned the last page at 4am. I don't ever do well on two hours' sleep, as my family will testify. But maybe adrenaline is keeping me going, or perhaps some of John's legendary energy levels evaporated off the pages and into my brain, because I really don't feel too bad today.

In the introduction, John asks us to imagine that we're sitting in our pyjamas in the lounge of his Cardiff sitting room, sharing a drink, some music and the memories. That's almost an invitation isn't it??????

The book is divided into chapters, each named after a song from some of John's favourite musicals. So themes such as "Being Alive", "Live, Laugh, Love" and "High, Flying Adored" very aptly set the scene for what is to come.

The events described in the book are not arranged in chronological sequence, but as a series of reminiscences.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I think all the reviews to date have simply voted for or against the man. I think the book is actually more entertaining than the critics state, and less revellatory and angst-wridden than the 5-stars want to see. I think its just a vaguely interesting tale, written honestly and in the main in good humour. Noone can doubt the hardwork and effort that it takes to get all the way from Glasgow to Cardiff via the US and the West End. but in simple, autobiographical terms - it aint up there with the greats. and why should it be - he's a musical theatre leading man who wrote it himself (aided by his sister). nevertheless it IS entertaining and endearing. Its impossible to read this and not like the man and his family. May be in another 10 years, and with a little more depth to all the major areas covered including his west end break and his time on the couch with the good lord, it would rate higher. by the way - buy it for you mum. i guarantee that ALL mums will like it. RC
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight 10 Nov 2008
By Lauren
Knowing very little about John Barrowman other than his work in Doctor Who and Torchwood, this helped me learn much more about him and his life. I had no idea that he was so cheeky! He really has had an extraordinary life, and he recalls it in such an entertaining fashion. I laughed a lot while reading this. And though it concentrates a LOT on musical theatre - which I know zilch about - it didn't matter. It was entertaining anyway. Too short, though.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 *'s Well Deserved! 1 Feb 2008
A brilliant, well written book that will keep you in stiches! I loved this book- it gives insight into the life of John Barrowman with a personal twist. You feel like he is sitting with you on the sofa over a cup of tea telling stories of happy times- and a few sad ones too.
There are added comments at the foot of each page that will keep you smiling regardless of what the story is- there are some hard hitting truths told honestly that are a real eye opener to anyone who thinks John's had an easy life.
Overall I would describe the book as a masterpiece!
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything Goes 19 Jan 2008
I've always loved the gorgeous John Barrowman but I had no idea just how much he's done! Most people will know him for his recent excellent performance as Captain Jack in Torchwood but this guy has worked hard to get where he is now and I think he is only going to get bigger! Writen by his sister this is a refreshingly personal account of his life and very funny in places- some great photos too. I couldn't put this down and neither can my mum who's reading it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 8 April 2014
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A really entertaining and amusing book, laughed out loud at times and felt it was written with really honesty and humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 5 April 2014
By Di
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john Barrowman is my favourite. I think he is great & a wicked sense of humour. This book tells it all, a really great read. Recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Jan 2014
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This is a must for anybody who loves John Barrowman such a great and funny book loved it couldn't put it down best book I've read in ages
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5.0 out of 5 stars anything goes.
i bought this book for my wife beryl as a mothers day presant.she said she realy enjoyed it.and would say to all johns fans read it you will enjoy it.
Published 5 months ago by beryl.stirling good seatto use inour wet room.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
John's first autobiography is brilliant. A true entertainer. I'd recommend this book to everyone it really is a great read.
Published 5 months ago by Emily
2.0 out of 5 stars Anything goes (but not swearing)
Firstly, I didn't buy this book as a Torchwood / Dr. Who fan, but as a respecter of his enormous talent as a singer. Added to that, his personality has always intrigued me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. David Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I chose this book as John had been under the spotlight at that time
It's a happy merry-go-round book
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to cheer themselves up.
Published 6 months ago by C E England
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book is fantastic it reads as just as if John were sitting with you I laughs so much ..just wonderful
Published 7 months ago by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
A really good read, it was both interesting and entertaining. I Look forward to reading to reading his next book.
Published 8 months ago by m spear
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Man
This book shows the wonderful family lives of a close family of lovely people. This book is highly recommended and is an excellent read.
Published 11 months ago by nevilleM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read
Laughed out loud , interesting story and did I mention funny.
If you like humour then this is well worth a read.
Published 11 months ago by kindle trekker
5.0 out of 5 stars Collecting
I bought this as I love John Barrowman and wanted to read it. I'd already got a copy of his second book but didn't want to read that until I'd read this. Well worth it.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs JP Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very very pleased with book just as described. Very very very funny. Item delivered very very quickly to Kindle, Highly recommended.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Sharon Lloyd-Jones
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