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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904872
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of the incredible winner of the second series of The Voice UK, Andrea Begley.

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Andrea Begley won The Voice UK in 2013, and her first album, The Message, was released by Capitol Records later the same year. When Andrea was six years old, she started losing her sight, and now only has 10% residual vision, but she’s never let that stop her. When she applied for The Voice UK, she was working as a civil servant, studying for a Masters Degree in law, learning the guitar and gigging around Belfast. Andrea lives in County Tyrone.


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I do not usually enjoy reading autobiographies and I am especially suspicious both of 'triumph over tragedy' disability narratives and of autobiographies written in haste after the subject has been shot into the spotlight by winning a TV talent show like The Voice. So it was with some trepidation that I curled up with the kindle version of Andrea Begley's account of her rise to fame, I Didn't see that Coming. I have always thought that the public have a much more disabling attitude towards blindness in general, and Andrea's partial blindness in particular, than she herself does. I am delighted to report that Andrea's book is exactly what I hoped it would be: a humorous, clever and personal debunking of many of the myths of blindness which are still so inexplicably embedded in society's collective consciousness.

Andrea is refreshingly honest, practical and open not only about what she can and cannot see but, more interestingly, about how she feels about her partial blindness. She is never sad, self-pitying or mournful. Her partial blindness is never a 'tragedy', a 'hurdle' or a something to be 'overcome' or 'cured'. Mostly it is not even an issue and occasionally it is an 'annoyance' or a 'frustration' which Andrea approaches with a wonderfully self-depreciating mixture of mischief and fun. But Andrea is very careful to emphasise that she is not a superhero. She has no extraordinary powers of hearing and is not one of those relentlessly perky 'super-crips' who feel the need to over-achieve as a kind of 'compensation'. She is simply hard-working, well-supported and ambitious and she has got where she is through a combination of an unforgiving work ethic, lots of luck and a fair bit of talent.
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I have to admit, I do not often read biographies, but when I do it's because the person inspires me a lot. It can be someone known for their sporting abilities, any creative abilities or basically anything else. My problem with biographies often is that I am afraid they write it because it feels as if they have to. With this one, it is absolutely not the case. I chose to read it because she inspires me to enjoy everything I do and to do the best I can because I deserve to enjoy that feeling of completing it to best of my ability, to know I did all I could. This book tells this story from her perspective when on series 2 of The Voice UK. Not a lot is known about the way things exactly are when competing in a show as this and the book really makes you feel like you are right there with her competing.

Not only does it tell you about The Voice UK, but also about the changes and adaptability she has to live with due to her Glaucoma, a disease to the eyes, a condition other people like Edgar Davids also have to cope with. She tells about it without focusing on it, which makes the perfect balance for the book. It is like the colour of a painting, it makes the picture but the colour isn't the picture in itself.

To me it is a beautiful biography definitely worth reading. One of the things I really like about the book, and what sets the tone, is the amount of personal quotes, jokes and anecdotes used. This makes you really feel part of the journey. You really see it through her eyes. For those who like her music and are interested in her story of making it on The Voice read it. But that is the thing with the book, I feel like that is the only way you can fully enjoy it.
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An amazing book I'm visually impaired myself and could relate to andrea I enjoyed this book so much I hope that we will hear more from her. I'm hoping this book will give sighted world a better understanding of blindness all the very best to andrea look forward to hearing more from you .
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Very impressed by this young lady story for someone to have the disability that she has its a very positive story with a lot of Irish wit good luck to her it will not be easy
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Loved reading about Andrea , we really enjoyed watching the voice & we voted for her from the start we bought the dvd also & we love listening to it
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