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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844543854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844543854
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Goodall is a British-born author with more than a dozen books to his credit including What's Eating Johnny Depp, Demi Moore: The Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood, and the bestselling, prize-nominated biography of Winona Ryder. A leading authority on Hollywood celebrities, rock music and musicians, his other books include names such as Kylie Minogue, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Cher and George Michael. With a background in journalism, theatre and graphic design, he has also contributed to various album and video projects, and to several television documentary films both on and off camera. An English citizen, who lives in Sussex, he travels frequently to the States.

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Davina McCall was 15 years old when she turned up at school wearing black leather trousers and a T-shirt ripped across the waist. Read the first page
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By annaoj on 22 May 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I really enjoy watching Davina on TV and I think she's a wonderful woman. I haven't yet finished the book but felt I had to write a review because I don't think the author does her justice in his writing. Most of the book is taken up with comparisons to other celebrities and the author seems to go off on a tangent which is most frustrating. The parts about Davina are interesting and well researched but I feel there's a lack of flow in the book. I tend to keep books I enjoy reading, especially biographies/autobiographies but I will be swapping/selling this one as I don't think I would want to read it again... Maybe Davina should write her own book, I think it would be much better!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. K. Mackenzie on 1 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of Davina and was intrigued to know more, hence my purchase of this book. I REALLY shouldn't have bothered! I only got a third of the way through before it became so annoying to read that it's had to go in the 'Charity Shop' pile without completion.

The book could have been put together by just about anyone with an internet connection, I say 'put together' as there is no writing skill involved here. This biography consists of a pile of readily available facts and quotes from Davina strung together with a huge amount of padding and conjecture. It seems on every page that the 'Author' feels the need to write mini biography paragraphs for people completely unconnected to Davina... Simon Dee from radio Caroline??? The only connection between the two is that they are in the media, why the hell does he get a mention? Here's a typical entry (from memory as I can't bare to open the book again!) 'Davina went to school with Nigella Lawson, they were 'probably' friends. Nigella Lawson began her career in 1980 BLAH BLAH BLAH' so we then get a page on Nigella Lawson despite the fact that her and Davina only 'may' have been friends. This book is an annoying load of rubbish and you would glean far more information about Davina in a few google searches and an hour or two on You Tube. Do not waste your money on this tosh!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Sandhurst on 4 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Davina and was looking very much looking forward to reading this book. However, I was hugely dissappointed. The book started off well with some good insight into Davina's turbulent past and relationship with herself and family but the book did not flow well at all. Most of Davina's quotes were extracted from interviews she has done in the past because when reading I keep thinking I have heard or read this quote before. Inbetween these quotes is felt like the book was being 'padded out' by the great detail of other celebrities or TV shows that connect to Davina. Most of the book I skimmed through. Maybe one day Davina will tell it how it was and is in her own words.... that would be great!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jennifer Bradshaw on 1 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
As a reader of biographies and autobiographies and a bit of a fan of Davina's, I was looking forward to this read. However after ploughing my way through the book I have to say that I am totally disappointed and of the over 100 biographies I've read this definitely comes in the top 5 worst. If you don't already know and would like to know the winners and the odd interesting housemate of big brother then this is the book for you, anything regarding Davina herself can be found in any magazine interview she's ever done. Considering she's had a rather colourful life and is rather outspoken about her past, the contents of the book relating to her could be summed up in about 10 pages, so I'm afraid I have to agree with others and hope that she brings out her own autobiography to find out about the true Davina.
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Format: Paperback
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! It is a huge disappointment & reads much more like wikipedia with all the links! It is extremely frustrating and feels as if the author has just put 'Davina' into Google and stuck all the references together, padding it out with very loose links to people she may have known or often just happened to be in the news at roughly the same time. E.g. a page devoted to Elvis & Priscilla Presley because they married the same year she was born! It is like a poorly researched GCSE essay where the author has insufficient information about the subject and so just adds random facts to get it up to the word count. In fact the same padding could be used and the name of the subject changed so as to cut down the effort of writing!

Davina is a popular and well loved personality - what a terrible waste that her fans have spent money buying this book rather than anything of quality and worth, after all the money spent could have been given to Comic Relief. However, at least charity shops will do well out of it as many will end up there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader and Weep on 16 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I was very dissapointed in this book and agree 100% with other reviewers who stated that this book has very little about Davina herself. The title is very misleading and to help others I have suggested a couple of titles that would be rather more fitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gillypam on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was going to buy the book, but on reading the reviews, I won't. I am not sure how anyone can write a book about a person. I will wait until Davina writes her own autobiography and then buy it because then it will be a true account about her.
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By Miss V L Towse on 24 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Fab book. Always have and still do love davina . Nice to read the other side to her and her life.
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