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Britney: The Biography Paperback – 15 Jan 2010


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (15 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330512749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512749
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Smith is the UK's leading celebrity biographer and the author of five Sunday Times best sellers including Cheryl, the definitive biography of Cheryl Cole.

His books about the most famous people of our times have been translated throughout the world. His subjects include Robbie Williams, Kate Middleton, Tulisa, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alesha Dixon,Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and J. K. Rowling. The film Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story was based on his biography of the Harry Potter author.

Described by the Independent as a 'fearless chronicler', he specializes in meticulous research, going 'on the road' to find the real person behind the star image.

www.seansmithceleb.com

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'A must-read for fans' -- Heat Magazine

'It's all here in this meticulous biography with lots of previous unpublished pics, too. Go on you know want to' -- Elle Magazine 'Hot Books'

An addictive read for gossip lovers -- B Magazine

One for christmas -- Woman's Own --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having amassed a fortune of over $100 million and record sales of 40 million, at the age of twenty-two Britney Spears is the world’s biggest female star. This is the first biography to chronicle how the little girl with a crucifix in each ear, described by her teacher at Disney as 'the sweetest, most wholesome, most innocent person that you'd ever want to meet' has become the ultimate in tabloid fodder. Britney will follow her roller coaster life from her time on the Mickey Mouse Club where she first met Justin Timberlake to the moment she sashayed down the hallway dressed in school uniform and shot to fame becoming the all-American pop princess. Somehow it all fell apart – scarred by her break up with Timberlake, roundly booed at the London premiere of her first film, the downward spiral culminated with her infamous 55-hour Las Vegas marriage. The press went crazy over second marriage to dancer Kevin Federline, yet her fans remained loyal and she went on to win MTV Europe female of the year 2004 and the 2005 Grammy for best dance record. Speculating on what an uncertain future holds for Mrs Federline-Spears, Britney will be a gossipy and revealing biography of one of the most fascinating figures in pop. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge Britney Spears fan and pre-ordered this book as there haven't been any decent biographies published about Britney. I was instantly gripped by this account of her eventful life so far. The author reveals fascinating details about her childhood and her relationship with her mother as well as with the various men in her life - with much more sensitivity and insight than the usual tabloid tales. His explanation of what led her to that notorious Vegas wedding is particularly thought-provoking.
I was intrigued by the detail about the southern bible-belt environment in which she grew up and the conflict between her strict religious upbringing and her raunchy public image. This is a thread which runs throughout the book and explains a great deal about Britney.
Finally, a mention for the picture section which is outstanding.
Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a joy to read from beginning to end, providing a comprehensive look at Britney's life so far. My only problem is that there were some typing errors which I picked up on, but otherwise if you're a Britney fan or just love celebrity biographies, then this is for you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Sean Smith has definitely produced a well researched and thoughtful analysis. He does a very good job of seperating out and studying both 'the' Britney Spears as we see her in public and the down home Britney behind the image.
Being a Britney fan I thought I knew it all, so I was very impressed to read a few things I hadn't been aware of - he talks to a lot of people from her hometown, and very interestingly her first boyfriend Reg Jones. You definitely get a sense of how Britney's upbringing has always coloured everything she does, and I hadn't realised just how much work Britney had done even before she landed the Mickey Mouse Club.
He's also very fair about weighing up the public perception of events against what actually happened, looking at everything in context (eg. the idea that Crossroads was a flop when actually it recouped its entire costs and made profit within its first week, which I didn't know!). He's very neutral - some biographies are so gushing and full of praise it's nauseating, but what's great about him is that he shows both sides. He's very fair to Britney and obviously tries not to make assumptions, but at the same time he's not afraid to be critical either.
My only criticisms would be a few factual mistakes I picked up - mainly dates - which to be fair could very well just be typos, and he doesn't stick strictly to the chronological timeline so occasionally he gets a little ahead of himself. It's pretty minor and doesn't detract from overall quality, but it is something I noticed.
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Format: Paperback
Barcode: 9780330440776

From the outset of this biography, the author, Sean Smith, sets out an interesting idea. That when it comes to Britney, there in fact two distinct 'Britney's', two personas. There is the worldwide superstar and media sensation who has sold millions of records, yet at the same time also there is still the little girl from Louisiana.

I'm a massive fan of Britney and i found this an immensely enjoyable read. Whereas some unnoficial biographies present a very straight-forward account of someone's life - a list-like series of facts and quotations - Sean Smith colours this book with his own opinion at points, giving it more the feel of an extended newspaper feature.

And so, looking to that twin-nature of the Britney persona, this book presents a fascinating look into Britney, not only as a masterclass in marketing a pop star, but also how a young girl has come to cope with endless paparazzi intrusion into her life and high-profile relationships in media spotlight.

This perhaps presents the reason why Britney's life is so fascinating - how she came from such small beginnings in her hometown of Kentwood, her love for music and dancing driving her onwards through The Mickey Mouse Club and then to her career as a popstar. Thankfully, the balance between music and relationships is kept just right, something that many musicians' biographies get wrong.

Put simply, this is a light, enjoyable read - perfect for holidays or just relaxing on an afternoon. It keeps things simple, but precise, rarely drags and if you're a Britney fan then this is well worth reading.
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By Lorraine G on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Nothing new in this book and it now needs updating as a lot has happened since 2005. Is easy to read, maybe too easy, but I don't think I'm the tweeny market that the book is aimed at. Obviously written for the UK market as it makes comparisons to other pop stars which, coincidentally, the author has also written biographies on.
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the words in this book are difficult to read but it very well written it shows what briteny is really like on the inside and also on the out as well. not much to look at but i was ok after the first 2 pages.
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