- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0283071990
- ISBN-13: 978-0283071997
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Close Up: The Autobiography Hardcover – 11 Sep 2014
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Poignant, witty and explosive (Hello!)
A pretty juicy read. We love Kelly's no-nonsense attitude and how every single detail, from exact conversations to which A-lister she was partying with, makes it feel like you're on the ride with her. But alongside the highs come the lows, and the sincerity and sadness with which Kelly writes about her two devastating miscarriages - both while she was dating Thom Evans - will move you to tears [...] An honest and eye-opening account. (Heat)
An honest, revealing and beguiling autobiography from the popular star who's proved she's more than just a pretty faceSee all Product Description
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The book didn't really tell me anything new. I feel like she doesn't have much of a personality. The beginning when she talks about all the foods she made her Dad when he was suffering from cancer made me think she had lived in 'LA la land' too long.
She doesn't really take responsibility for the breakdown of her many relationships but reading between the lines I would say she's definitely looking for the one. She doesn't talk about her current fiance in this book. I found one part upsetting and that was how she wanted to cope with the miscarriage of her baby who in my view was a stillborn but each to their own.
It's an OK read but nothing ground breaking.
Updated to add: Hm, well I suppose it's a good job she didn't talk about her latest Fiance in this book!
One might say that Kelly Brook is like a tropical fish in a tank: nice to look at...but that's about it. With this book "Close Up" the woman with the unfortunate habit of getting fired from TV presenting jobs so quickly and easily attempts to prove there is more to her than just a pretty face. However, some 286 pages later, I'm not convinced.
Some of the events covered in the book include Kelly dealing with her father's cancer and death whilst a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007; her early life and her time at the Italia Conti performing arts school in the hope of becoming a serious actress; stumbling into modelling through the trailer-trash Samantha Bond agency; her disastrous six-month stint as a presenter on The Big Breakfast; and a couple of fists flown during some of her relationships. There isn't too much elaboration on that last one, but she certainly didn't do herself any favours by laughing off those incidents in a TV interview.
One problem I had with "Close Up" is that the chapters are quite drawn out. At 286 pages this is not physically the longest book I've ever read. However there were many occasions where I would finish reading chunky paragraphs and then turn the page in the hope that the chapter would be nearing its conclusion, only to find a load more chunky paragraphs to plough through. Other books I've read were laid out and paced nicely, allowing you to take breaks at regular intervals if your eyes or jaw were getting tired. This one simply is not. Reading it can be tiresome.
Another issue I had was with Kelly herself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift, fantastic delivery and the gift receiver was very happy with the book.Published 1 month ago by Lexi W.
By far the worst autobiography I have read as the writing is terrible and like it had been written by a child.Published 3 months ago by nicola fowler
Really easy read, got through it in a few hours whilst on hols. Really interesting story and relatively up to date.Published 9 months ago by mrs v edwards
Seems to have done herself no favours with her image. You can make mistakes with one maybe two men but can't all be at faultPublished 10 months ago by davsar90