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Crazy Days: My Autobiography [Hardcover]

Sadie Frost
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6 Sep 2010
Sadie's childhood was anything but conventional and she learned from and early age what it was like to be different: she lived in a hippy commune and ran away with her parents to Formentera with the first 'ravers' to colonise the Balearic Islands. Her relationship with her father was intense and volatile; he was a brilliant but eccentric artist, who even once used Sadie as an art installation by tying her to a crucifix outside the Royal College, telling her she was the son of God. His erratic behaviour forced Sadie to escape to a world of make believe; her instinct for survival brought out a fierce independence and burning ambition in her - a desire to make it in order to escape the demons that haunted her. Sadie's talent and ambition won her a scholarship to the Italia Conti Stage School and, by her late teens, she was working as a model and was immersed in the London punk scene. Recognition in acting soon came along whe she appeared in Diamond Skulls with Gabriel Byrne but her big break was winning the part of Lucy in the blockbuster movie, Dracula. In this candid book, Sadie tells her whole life story in her own unique style. She discloses the details of her anarchic childhood and teenage years; she tells all the behind-the-scenes stories from the films she has worked on, including staying at Francis Ford Coppola's Hollywood home; she reveals the story of her marriage to Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp and how she left her idyllic family life with him when she met Jude Law on the set of the film Shopping, later marrying him. From a prominent tabloid life, to being part of the notorious Primrose Hill set, Sadie has had to deal with a shadow being cast over the true facts of her life. In search of peace and happiness, she deals with her much-publicised struggle with post-natal depression and the death of her father in the glare of the media. In spite of all this, Sadie continues to achieve great success in her career while raising her four children, who are her pride and joy. This is the story of a woman finding herself again - against all the odds - and finally growing up.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843581833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843581833
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sadie first appeared on stage at Manchester's Royal Exchange under the direction of Nicholas Hytner and has since appeared in many films and plays, as well as hundreds of videos and commercials. In 2009, Sadie completed a successful West End run of the one-woman play Touched for the Very First Time. Sadie stepped into British fashion when she first modelled on the catwalk for Vivienne Westwood aged 16 and then went on to form the fashion label FrostFrench in 1999 with her best friend and designer Jemima French. They won Elle Style Best British Designer award in 2004. She has worked with magazines including: Vogue, W and ID. Sadie lives in London and has four children.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Sadie's Story 1 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
Sadie Frost is, or was, a tabloid regular thanks to her membership of the privileged Primrose Hillbillies set and marriages to Gary Kemp and Jude Law. Now she puts her side of the story or at least as much as Jude Law's lawyers will let her.

M'learned friends certainly had their blue pencil out before this book hit the printers. Miss Frost explains why her marriage to Gary Kemp broke up (he was too earnest and intellectual - yes, that surprised me as well. They are not the sort of adjectives you normally associate with pop stars) but there is nary a mention of why the one to Mr Law failed, certainly no mentions of infidelities or nannies. One page they are together and then they split. Nor is there any explanation (for "legal and privacy" reasons) about what really happened at that infamous children's party in Soho (p219) that made headlines a few years back.

Miss Frost does talk about her own drug taking (pp118, 128, 161, passim); her insecurity and her dysfunctional relationship with her father (passim) - could they be related?; her severe post-natal depression that had her sectioned while in America (pp227-228); how when she worked for Francis Ford Coppola the hairdresser hired for the film was not interested in the hair on her head (surely, it's bush not tush?) (pp185-186) and her obvious love for her children (passim).

Perhaps we have no right to know certain aspects of someone's life but then if you want to keep your life private, don't write an autobiography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as hoped!!! 6 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
Whilst the book was enjoyable and I completed within three days, I was rather hoping to read more about her so called partying days, rock and roll lifestyle, I felt the book was more a tribute to her father than anything else, and that regardless of celebrity status it seemed quite dull.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addicted! 23 Dec 2010
By deb
Format:Hardcover
I read this in about one sitting. I loved the earlier life, and the book reads as a tragic love story between father and daughter. Like another reviewer, on reflection, I'd have liked more depth and detail about the later life as well as the earlier stuff. But to be honest, while I was reading it I was so enthralled by Sadie's childhood and teens, that by the time I'd got to the grown up stuff, I wasn't that interested in reading about Jude Law. Sadie is much more interesting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recollections from Primrose Hill. 17 April 2011
By RM/TM TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I was mildly disappointed by this book, which is thin on the ground in parts (particularly the era covering Sadie's marriage to Jude Law). Even allowing for the well-known court injunction, it does seem we've been short-changed more than a little in terms of her life during that period. Also, Sadie's recollections of her early childhood seem somewhat romanticised - her father is painted very much as the tormented artist, rather than the violent drunk that he appears to the reader. In fact, the whole of Sadie's childhood is far from the care-free bohemian existence I had imagined from interviews and articles - condemned flats, real poverty and serious respiratory illness figure much larger than the occasional trip to Marrakech.

What can't fail to grip you though, is the proliferation of celebrities at every turn. David Bailey taking Sadie's photograph as she played in the street as a child, the Beatles commissioning furniture from her father, even the young Sam Mendes and David Milliband playing kiss-chase with the girls in her primary school class.

Not tremendously well written and with gaping holes in the known plot - yet also strangely un-putdownable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great girl Sadie is 25 Feb 2014
By junnieb
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book from page 1 I never knew this stuff !! After reading it I want to be Sadies friend I feel I know her now honestly written fantastic read don't miss an amazing book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadie frost bio 7 Dec 2013
By Sue F
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Sadie frost bio Really good read and worth purchasing I read in two days whilst on holiday. It's one of those books you can't put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 17 Nov 2013
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It's OK, but most stuff you already know from the mags, tabloids. Not much new stuff and Jude Law is glossed over really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars couldve been better 4 Mar 2012
By ange11
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I did enjoy reading this book - but glad i didnt pay more than a few pounds to do so!!
Whilst her early years are quite interesting and many years detailed, the later years (which we all know her for) were basic, skimmed over and parts missing! I understand why she didnt want to "dwell or write about" certain things (what happened at the childrens birthday party for example) but dont write a book if you dont want to tell the whole story. Makes for a frustrated and disapointed reader!!! I KNOW for legal reasons not a lot could be said but if the truth was fabricated by the press well this is the time to clear it up and actually TELL the truth - that is if the truth is stories were fabricated - makes you wonder if they were really true! (probably) If this was my life and one of the most talked about significant events had been potrayed as something completly different - id want to set the record straight!!
felt as if it was more about her father and the book a tribute to him.
PEARL LOWE's book give much more detail and probably true-er account of the primrose hill set!! Read that book!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprising
I bought this not knowing a great deal about Sadie. I guess that's why one buys an autobiography! An interesting read, particularly about her links with the North.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. M. J. Garner
4.0 out of 5 stars sadie
i really liked this book .it was well written and not as long as i would have liked but it was worth it
Published 3 months ago by nori
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird
The strangest thing about this book is how much of it focuses on her childhood way past the middle a nd she is still talking about her mum and dad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by London Review
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
really enjoyed this book, Sadi had such an odd upbringing and has done so well really inspiring to read her story
Published 5 months ago by Ann Haslam
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy days
I enjoyed reading the book. I would have liked to see some photos. I wished she had talked about the film Love, Honour and Obey which I loved.
A survivor. Well done Sadie.
Published 6 months ago by Karen Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I found this book really interesting and felt humbled by the openness detailing Sadie's postnatal depression. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars So so
Not the most exciting biography I have read, felt so much was not told, so what is the point of writing a book on yourself.
Published 8 months ago by kittens
2.0 out of 5 stars Wishy washy
A good read but I felt she hasn't been totally honest and whitewashed over some facts rather than tell the complete truth.
Published 14 months ago by MRS DEBRA THOMPSON
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
This book is interesting to someone like me who is the same age as Sadie and has lots in common with her. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Catherine Warner
3.0 out of 5 stars More detail please Sadie
I enjoyed the book but found a lot was skimmed over in later life.
If your going to write a book about your life then your going to have to be brave and put warts and... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Denee
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