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Cheryl [Hardcover]

Sean Smith
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3 Sep 2009
The whole country, it seems, has fallen in love with Cheryl Cole. From the first time she stood up to Simon Cowell or shed a genuine tear on hearing a heartbreaking story from one of the X Factor contestants she has found a place in the hearts of a nation. Now, a genuine superstar, she has never forgotten her humble beginnings in Newcastle and for the first time the real story of her difficult path to fame and fortune can be told. The UK's leading celebrity biographer Sean Smith has retraced the steps of her remarkable journey using new research and interviews to reveal the real woman behind the beautiful public face. He discovers a cheeky, feisty, and gifted Geordie girl who has had to battle for everything she has achieved. Cheryl's story begins in a grim, working class area of Newcastle where the lives of her friends and family were blighted by drugs and unemployment. Smith explores the ambitions of a little girl who became a championship dancer and a successful child model but would bunk off school and, at the age of sixteen, entered into a relationship with a drug addict more than ten years older than herself. But thanks largely to her remarkable mother, Joan, Cheryl took her chance to win Popstars: the Rivals and become part of Girls Aloud, the most successful girl group in UK pop history. Disaster followed in 2003 when she was convicted of an assault on a nightclub toilet attendant and her dreams of stardom almost vanished. The public forgave her then, offered sympathy following allegations of her husband, footballer Ashley Cole's infidelity, before her emergence on the X Factor as an iconic figure for modern women everywhere. As her every move is scrutinised by a celebrity hungry public, Smith discusses what the future holds for Cheryl. Fully illustrated, Cheryl is the definitive biography of this most human of superstars.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847372783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847372789
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,718 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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'In his revealing book Sean Smith gives a remarkable account of Cheryl's struggle to the top . . . A first rate biography'
--Sunday Express

About the Author

Sean Smith is the UK's leading celebrity biographer and the author of the number one bestseller 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 Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and J.K. Rowling. 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.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable and interesting read. 13 Oct 2009
By McF
Format:Hardcover
The thing that worried me about this book before I read it was whether it would be fair to Cheryl. She's had a tough life but it's easy to knock celebrities who have made it thanks to a reality television programme. Fortunately on the very first page, the writer clearly states his point of view. He says it's ludicrous to knock people just because they've won a talent contest. Hear, Hear! It seems that the media these days don't think the votes of millions of people count for anything. Having got me on his side, Sean Smith proceeds to tell the story of Cheryl's life in a very fair and entertaining way. He isn't judgemental which I like. Everything you want to know about is included - the notorious racism court case, Ashley Cole, the harsh upbringing and the drug problems of her neighbourhood which I found quite shocking. It's also written in an unpretentious style which is very easy to read. I liked it. *****
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top read for Cheryl fans! 13 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
I love all things Mrs Cole and didn't really think there was too much more to know about her. Wrong! I found myself enjoying it so much I couldn't put the book down. It was funny and sad and also surprising. Perhaps it's more interesting when it deals with her early life but that's probably because of the sheer volume of coverage of recent Cheryl in all the magazines. I'm hoping Cheryl will do her own book soon but she's so busy these days it may be a while. So, in the meantime, I don't think you will get any better than this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book choice 6 Jan 2011
By Jo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
given as a present to a teenager, makes good reading.
service from seller very good, great value for money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheryl 8 July 2010
Format:Paperback
This book was a very good, sad, true to life read and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 4 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this Book as a gift, no complaints from the recipient so I guess it was really good. Great Quality.
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