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Billie Piper: Growing Pains Paperback – 9 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (9 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340932805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340932803
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There's little doubt Billie's successfully made the difficult leap from teenybopper popster to acclaimed actress. But what's more astonishing is that the ambitious young girl left school without a GCSE to her name, battled anorexia and married at 18 came out of it all as a dignified, warm, talented woman.' (Daily Express)

'Billie is a remarkable woman and for the first time lifts the lid on her life to date with astonishing honesty.' (The Sun)

'Finally, a young star's autobiography that justifies the hundreds of pages' (Daily Telegraph)

'Why can't more stars be like honest Billie?' (Independent on Sunday)

'Funny and life-affirming.' (Glamour)

'A compelling read, full of shock revelations' (Woman)

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From teenage pop star to Las Vegas bride and on to Doctor Who - this is the up-close and personal story of the country's favourite girl next door.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Lewis on 28 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
A completely honest book that gives the impression of being told to you, rather than something you're reading. It's obvious how important both her ex husband and Doctor Who have been to her (in fact, the "prologue" to the book is a section from one of her final DW scripts) - the first half of the book is desperately sad and you spend it with the same feeling she herself and her character Rose shared - that of waiting for her to be rescued. When she meets Chris Evans, somehow the whole tone of the thing changes without any major difference in style or way of telling. This continues throughout her time on DW, and there are some lovely pictures that go with that section.

I wish there'd been more about DW, but it's still a wonderful read, something that will make you happy, sad, laugh and cry, and change the way you think about both Billie and what you read in the press.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nellie on 10 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have never been a Billie Piper fan really but thought I would get this book after reading some extracts in the paper. In all honesty I wanted to know more about her relationship with Chris Evans as it intrigued me (I myself was in a similar relationship - age-gap wise, I certainly wasn't given a ferrari though! ha ha). I couldn't put the book down!! That's never been known of me!! it was well written and, being the same age as her, it brought back so many memories of the "in thing" through the teenage years etc. For example, boys covering themselves with Lynx Africa!! I still spray it when I see it in a shop because it brings back great memories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Mulhall on 12 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this out of interest of Billie Piper as Rose in the Doctor Who series. What comes out is a raw, honest and real account of a life that has been colourful to say the least. At just 24 years of age, this book is jammed back with what seems like a life of 50 years. Very funny in parts as you can imagine her saying some of these storeis out loud.

Good to see her set the record straight about what its really like being a pop star, married to chris evans and breaking into her her true passion of acting.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and actually couldn't put it down!
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Billie might only be 23 but she's packed more into her 23 years than most people do in a lifetime. This is a brutally honest account of how a celebrity lifestyle nearly destroyed her life and how she climbed her way back to the top. Piper holds back for no one as she delves straight in to her life starting with her singing career, being the youngest artist to debut at number one, marrying Chris Evans at 18, collapsing, severe anorexia, and finally turning in to an award winning acclaimed actress. When reading that she spent the entirety of her teenage years living in hotels around the world, receiving horrendous hate mail and dealing with anorexia due to a critic's harsh view, it becomes clear that Billie was deprived of a proper teenage life. No one of any age, let alone at 15/16 should have to go to court over someone threatening to kill her family. This is the story of Britain's girl next-door dealing with more than anyone should ever have to deal with, never-mind at the tender age that she was. She doesn't hesitate to expose the exploitation she was subjected to in what critics are claiming `an honest account of Britain's most popular actress'. After a critic claims Billie Piper is a fat wannabe singer she, not knowing much better at her age, jumps straight to starvation and for over a year eats nothing but water, tissue paper and nuts. What ever your opinions on Billie Piper are at the moment, read this book, and I can guarantee you that you will put it down breathless at the end not being able to believe that she went through all of that and still came out the other end as a dignified, warm woman. An exhilarating, life affirming, compelling, hilarious and at times heartbreaking read. Piper tells her roller coaster life with astonishing honesty and doesn't gloss over anything.
Easily the autobiography of the year.
5/5
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Gladden on 27 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The papers have been full of "Billie Anorexia" stories... but that doesn't really reflect what the book has to offer. After reading a load of badly written accounts of my fame/drugs/booze hell, it's really refreshing to read a well-written book about what someone who sounds like someone you'd actually like to be mates with... Am buying one for my dr who obsessed bro too....
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Format: Paperback
Okay so admittedly this is the first time I've ever read an autobiography but regardless of this I can truly say this book is such an amazing read. Ever since the book arrived from Amazon I read it all in like 48 hours. Billie Piper has led such a crazy and fulfilled life ever since she became famous at 15. The book touches upon a lot of dark times within the music industry such as anorexia and her failed attempt at breaking America where she has a breakdown.

This is an inspiring read and tells the music and acting business as they are; take away all the glamour and you can see what it does to individuals. The book is inspiring in the way that it tells of Billie quitting her career as a pop star and focusing and trying her hardest at her passion of acting.

Can't recommend this enough! Even if you're a not a fan of Piper you will still truly enjoy this!
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