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Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self [Hardcover]

Joseph Galliano
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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15 Oct 2009
If you were to write a letter to your 16-year-old self, what would it say?

In Dear Me, some of the world's best loved personalities have written just such a letter. Dear Me includes letters from three knights, a handful of Oscar winners, a bevy of Baftas, an intrepid explorer, a few teenage pop stars, an avid horticulturalist, pages and pages of bestselling authors, a dishy doctor, a full credit of film directors, a lovey of top actors, a giggle of comedians and an Archbishop! The letters range from the compassionate to the shocking via hilarity and heartbreak, but they all have one thing in common: they offer a unique insight into the teenager who would grow up to be.... Stephen Fry, Annie Lennox, Paul O'Grady, Jackie Collins, Fay Weldon, Alan Carr, Peter Kay, Debbie Harry, Brenda Blethyn , Jonathan Ross, Liz Smith, Will Young, Alison Moyet, Rosanne Cash, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Yoko Ono, Emma Thompson… to name but a few.

It is the PERFECT GIFT for your mum and dad, sister or brother, gran or granddad or someone who is a teenager, even turning 16

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847377661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847377661
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 14.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A brilliantly simple idea, executed with finesse' --Time Out

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Little Book 18 Feb 2010
I bought this for my God-daughter's 16th birthday and liked it so much that I bought my own copy! It has something for everyone - made me laugh, smile, be moved, and think!!! Also made me see some of the contributors in a different and more interesting light. Needless to say, my God-daughter loved it. I highly recommend this book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What would YOU say to your younger self? 28 Oct 2009
By John M
As the previous reviewer said, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry. But above all, it inspired me to write a letter to MY younger self.

I can relate to a lot of the celebrities in the book as they are people I have grown up seeing on screen. It makes you feel some affinity with them, especially as they seem to have had the same perils and fun times growing up as I did.

The only reason for giving four stars and not 5 is that some of the letters are handwritten and a little difficult to decipher.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise! Clever! 25 Jun 2010
Trying to get an original present this book came through the search and what a lovely, lovely surprise. I would give this to any 16 year old teenager as an incentive for their self confidence. You can, so many times, raise from nothing... You only need to believe. Funny way of celebrating the past vs future. Clever book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For everyone 4 Nov 2009
By E. Ball
Even if you've picked up this book just for one name you've excitedly spotted in amongst the sundry mass of contributors (from Trisha Goddard to Simon Callow), I guarantee you'll get sucked in and won't emerge until you've read every reassurance, scolding and tease directed over the imaginary bridge through time. Many of the letters delight in the idea of "predicting" our past selves' future (Julian Clary: "it's hard to swallow, but in a few years time you will swan around in black rubber consuming men like After Eight Mints") or else trying to change them (Danny Wallace: "buy shares in Google. That should sort just about everything out").

Just don't get involved in this on a philosophical level, or you'll wonder if the contributors really are imagining time travel or if they're just indulgently telling us, the readers, about their childhoods. Still, most (if not all) of them are playing along, meaning that there's some real snippets of sentiment. You'll be moved. You also might crack a rib laughing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "They are just the same as us!" 20 Nov 2011
They really are, aren't they?! All of these celebs: revered for something famous and infamous, experienced of time and wise, young and beginning to paint their mark in life, very widely known, little known for something well known, all of these celebs share something in common - that they are actually no different to us. So much of the Magazines of my time - I'm 28 by the way - and films and PR campaigns and twitter streams and exasperating reality TV shows (and breathe!) are geared up to display a side of celebrities that make them unattainable, untainted and, well, unreal. We see so much of them but in reality we see nothing. But then this!

This interesting concept has made it's way into a book idea and eventually through my front door. I have never been so enthralled to read a celebrity account before. I don't buy a lot of this celeb culture because of the aforementioned (and afore-overkilled) but now I get it. Because they are like us. They happen to be in the public eye for various reasons, respected by many for what they have achieved, but it started out the same as you and me. So it not only holds hope for someone who has perhaps the same level of desire and drive as them, but also gives strength for anyone who just needs to know from someone we trust without knowing, someone who has revealed something about them we didn't know, that, actually, it will be alright.

The book itself is beautifully done. It has charisma and charm and the Editor's own letter is one of my favourites because he, too, must have gone through a lot to get this neat concept together and it delivers. I congratulate him. I salute the celebrities of old and new who have allowed us to read (and heed) the advice they would so honestly give to themselves in retrospect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, touching and clever 23 Mar 2010
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a rather clever, and yet breath takingly simple idea. Ask people to write letters to their sixteen year old selves, offering support, comfort, advice. What would you say? Here is a sample of celebrity letters doing just that, from the witty to the affecting to the wryly appreciative. The mix of celebrities makes the book interesting, with people from Baz Luhrmann and Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Emma Thompson and Jonathan Ross. It really is a mixed bag. There is a lovely touch at the end where there is space for you, the reader to write to yourself, and should you wish to, send it or e-mail it in for posterity. A lovely thing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 5 Feb 2010
By R. Head
As soon as I got this I ended up reading the whole thing the same day!
It is just so insightful and inspiring and quite funny in places!
I'm 16 years old and I can actually relate to some of the things in the book...
it's such an amazing idea- love it! =)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 13 Feb 2013
By Mr D
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The 16 year old girl I bought this for loves it and has read it twice in 6 weeks. N
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all 16 year olds, whether now or a long time ago.
I would recommend this book for any adult buying for a 16 year old relative as a gift, but it is well worth a read by anyone who has ever been 16 themselves. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mavis Dee
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Alan Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be good!
Bought this for my 16yr old niece's birthday - she's read it from cover to cover and is getting the next book. She loves it - I retain my cool auntie status. Read more
Published 3 months ago by leann
2.0 out of 5 stars dear me
did not enjoy this book so gave it to a charity shop. would not recommend it for 16 or 17 year olds.
Published 8 months ago by lucky penguin
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, fast, thank you
its interesting, different from normal books by actual collection of various people comments looking back at their younger self. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday gift
Bought this for my daughter's 16th birthday later this month. The concept of the book is clever but simple. Some lovely contributions from a variety of people. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C MCC
3.0 out of 5 stars Who is this book meant for?
I am not sure who this book is meant for but it is not suitable for a sixteen year old.
Parts of it would be too boring and out-dated for a 16 yr old and then there were... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mot Juste
5.0 out of 5 stars book
this book has lots of famous peoples quotes and how they felt at sixteen, brilliant for those that like reading,
Published 10 months ago by kira rawcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Letter
This is a good letter and everyone likes to read it. I would recommend this to any one who asks
Published 10 months ago by Dave Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not lifechanging
There are some lovely letters in here but none that had me reaching for the tissues and planning how to change my life for the better. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Beth Reeves
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