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Don't You Know Who I Am?: Insider Diaries of Fame, Power and Naked Ambition [Kindle Edition]

Piers Morgan
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'They say you can always remember where you where when pivotal moments happen, such as losing your virginity or Elvis dying. Let me add another to the list: the moment I sang a duet to the the "Macarena" with Timmy Mallett, live to millions of people...'

Sacked from his high-profile job as a national newspaper editor, Piers Morgan dived helplessly into the world of celebrity. But even twenty years of commenting on the lives of the rich and famous couldn't prepare him for the extraordinary world he uncovered...

A riveting, scandelous and brutally honest account of one man's quest for celebrity, Don't You Know Who I Am? lifts the lid on the egos and outrageous behaviour of everyone from Paris Hilton to Cherie Blair, Kate Moss to the legend that is the Hoff.

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"Reading this book really is like peering into Morgan's head. But it's a fascinating head - its contents are clever and silly, sharp and gullible, occasionally incredibly funny. I'd say he has another bestseller on his hands." (India Knight Sunday Times)

"Every page is gold" (Heat)

"A typically ribald account of life both making the news and reporting it, as wildly implausible and riotously entertaining as the man himself" (GQ)

"He is a very funny writer" (Lynn Barber Daily Telegraph)

"Enjoyably revelatory and very good fun" (Observer)

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The No.1 bestseller that lifts the lid on the world of celebrity - as Piers tries to become one himself...

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fame ....I,m going to live forever 27 Oct. 2007
By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I rather like Piers Morgan .Sure he is a vain , egocentric ,occasionally pompous, often wincingly smug human being but he is also reasonably witty , balanced and truly capable of laughing at him self. He also writes very entertaining books. "The Insider" was as addictive as something very addictive indeed and the follow up -which takes in his career post the "Mirror" sacking - is equally as compulsive. It is also a rather shallow examination of the trappings of fame and celebrity which basically amounts to Morgan saying I wanted to become rich and famous and here's how I went about it.
Thus this book takes in his break into mainstream television through humiliating appearances on "The Weakest Link ", the political show "Morgan And Platell " , "You Can't Fire Me I'm Famous" through to his big break through stateside with "America's Got Talent". Like "The Insider" it's written in diary form and is basically a heady trawl through all the celebrities, politicians( who he admits he finds mainly boring , duplicitous and only interested in one thing -themselves) and media people he meets along the way.
Through his "GQ" contact to interview numerous celebrities there are revealing conversations with Billie Piper( a very naughty girl indeed) ,Steve Coogan, Ulrika Johnson and most strikingly George Galloway who makes a truly conspicuous statement that is then frustratingly not followed up on later in the book.
Simon Cowell ( Seems a reasonable bloke apart from his hideous product but then Morgan would portray him that way wouldn't he) , "The Hoff David Hasselhoff ( Completely deranged and insecure)Anne Robinson , various cricketers , Gordon Ramsey ( Surprisingly likable) pop up regularly throughout the proceeding s.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but too much about Piers 6 May 2008
This book was a lighthearted read, but it becomes so apparent that Morgan truly does think of himself as a big-time celebrity long before he made it big on America's Got Talent. I would imagine that most people bought this book to read about gossip about various celebrities, and - like me - really aren't interested in Morgan's conversations with his children or gilfriend. He writes like he's a celebrity and worthy of a great deal of attention. He's not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pierless entertainment 28 Nov. 2009
It's difficult to know whether to like or hate Piers Morgan, on the one hand he can sometimes come across as unbelievably smug, but on the other his humour is so self deprecating that he's entertaining and amusing. Anyway, having read Morgan's first book The Insider this volume took up the story after his infamous Mirror sacking and sees him trying to earn a living as a freelance journalist/after dinner speaker/celebrity. He bumbles along and manages some amusing faux passes along the way, especially in regard to securing a secure TV job and his ongoing feuds with other media types such as Jeremy Clarkson and Charlie Brooker are interesting.

The chapters surrounding Morgan's work on American Idol with Simon Cowell are well worth a read, if nothing else for his take on fellow judge David `The Hoff' Hasselhoff. His wooing of journalist Celia Walden is also quite sweet, but the really telling segments are his interviews with various people for GQ and his summary of Kate Moss is incredibly perceptive. The diary entries which pertain to his love of Arsenal football club or various cricket events are fairly boring, but otherwise an excellent book and a somewhat guilty pleasure as I'm sure you'll agree!
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I read and loved The Insider,Piers Morgan's first published diaries, and fully anticipated loving this follow up just as much. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. However, what I will say, just to prepare a potential reader, is that there isn't quite as much juicy and delicious gossip as The Insider since he is no longer a tabloid editor. However, as a detailed romp through his search for fame, both here and in LA, its second to none. There is still a high head count of celebrities and Mr Morgan isn't backwards in coming forwards with his opinions on one and all. He loathes Kate Moss and Pete Doherty and gives a graphic vignette of being in their presence, and yet he has a lot of time for Anne Robinson and his New Best Friends, The Hoff and of course, Simon Cowell.

These diaries cover his courtship of both fame and his now girlfriend, the gossip columnist and writer, Celia Walden. I would say he succeeds in bagging both having jumped through many, many hoops to get there. There are some lovely human touches in the way that he tries to give his sons the best birthdays and the best holidays, only to be shot down in flames by some withering remark from his sons (Dad why haven't you got a Lambourghini?), or foiled in his plans by an incompetent driver (I couldn't find you). He is rescued from irritating pomposity in three ways. Firstly, he openly admits he has a big ego, secondly, he is not afraid to recount the many, MANY times when he has made an abject fool of himself both publicly and privately, and thirdly, he tries hard to be a good Dad and its rather touching when he misses his boys and tries so hard to make them happy.

I enjoyed this immensely and it gives a fascinating insight into the fanfare and reverence accorded to massive TV hits in the USA.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Great stop and start read
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't You Know Who I Am?
Yes, Piers, we do know who you are - the resulting answer is not polite enough to be published on this site though.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Lee Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I have read other Piers Morgan books, just what I expected and loved it! Just checking the list to see if there are any others I have not read yet...
Published 20 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I didn't realise how funny Piers Morgan is. Some may say he is smug but he has a charm about him that cannot be denied. Read more
Published on 11 Mar. 2013 by Deb Vanhoeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Love his books
have read all his books except this one, arrived on time, little bit tatty but as only for me to read doesnt matter
Published on 16 Dec. 2012 by MRS LYNN C ELLIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
The bar for TV chat show spoofs was set impossibly high very early on - think Dame Edna, The Mrs. Merton Show, Knowing Me Knowing You - then just when you thought the format was... Read more
Published on 6 July 2012 by Kelton Ramp
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
this book is a fantastic read, i didn't know much about piers other than seeing his TV shows on ITV and thinking I like his sense of humor, his book did not disappoint and was a... Read more
Published on 25 Oct. 2010 by pittuk23
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