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I Am What I Am

I Am What I Am [Kindle Edition]

John Barrowman , Carole E. Barrowman
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John at his most open, his most compelling (FHM)

The book is filled with juicy titbits from behind the scenes of Doctor Who and Torchwood (The Weekly News)

...heart-warming family anecdotes and personal revelations. It also contains exclusive details about life on all the top-rating BBC talent shows (Dundee Evening Telegraph)

Allows intimate access to the multi-talented man himself - an unmissable treat for any fan (Edition Magazine)


"Frank and unvarnished." "--Out"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2297 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843173794
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books; Export ed edition (26 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UESB3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 2 Feb 2011
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
John Barrowman's first book "Anything Goes" was an excellent read and it left me eagerly waiting for his next. I bought "I am what I am" as soon as it came out in paperback and I wasn't disappointed. :-)

His first book told you mainly about his career with stories about his family, partner and friends. This book tells you more about John as a person and how fame has affected him, plus he continues to tell us about what's been happening in his career, more heart warming stories about his family, partner, beloved dogs and friends. John makes no apologies for who is or what he believes in, but why he should?

This book also tells you about his 2009 tour "Music Music Music", his parents also accompanied him on the tour as he loves to have them touring with him if it's possible. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when he did his show at "King Georges Hall" in Blackburn, Lancashire in 2009. He even comments on what a great audience we were and that he'd had a great night, I thought that was a lovely gesture to mention that night, (and we all hope he returns in the future to do another show for us). :-)

Again John is very open and frank in this book; it just shows that he's a fantastic person in everyway. :-)

This is another fabulous, enjoyable, interesting and compulsive read. If you enjoyed his first book I'm sure you'll enjoy this one too. :-)

Personally, I hope John will consider writing another book and if he does I'll be one of the first to buy it. :-)
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open & honest - just like the man himself 4 Oct 2009
By Donna
I loved the first book - "Anything Goes" - so much that despite my eagerness to read more from the joint pens of John & Carole, I must admit that I was concerned that they had set the bar so high that a second book, following so quickly on it's heels, could not be as good. Thankfully, I was wrong.

Remember the old adverts that used the tag "It does exactly what it says on the tin"?..... well that is most definitely the case with this second book. We were promised "more about the man behind the television sensation" as well as "focusing on John's unique approach to life & love" and "heart-warming family anecdotes" - and that is exactly what this book provides.

I have been fortunate enough to see John entertain us all for 20 years this month - yes I was there when it all began, with the musical from which the title of his first book was taken, and I was there again on 14 September 2009 when John returned to the West End (in La Cage Aux Folles) after far too long a time away, and sang "I Am What I Am" - to not a dry eye in the house, I might add. Reading this book, I can almost hear John's voice in every line - this much-loved & much-loving man has put his heart & soul into this, as he does into everything he puts his hand to. I challenge anyone who reads it to avoid a tear in the eye when John speaks of those he has loved & lost in his life, just as I challenge you to keep a straight face when faced with the heartwarmingly hilarious tales of his home life, that reveal so clearly the deeply abiding love that exists between John & Scott.

This book is meant to be read & read again - I would read it again myself right now, but my 11 year-old has snaffled it & is intent on using it for her next school book report!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing Barrowman's Books 6 Oct 2009
By Riotoo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was intrigued enough by the review/criticism made by 'JB Fan' that I actually physically compared the hardback edition of 'I am What I am' to the hardback of Barrowman's previous book 'Anything Goes'. and guess what, the books basically have the same format; they have the same font sizes, same small chapter lengths (I checked a couple of random chapters in each), and about the same number of total pages in them (exluding end notes). So basically the books are actually the same size!

Conclusion: 'I am What I am' is just as good value for money as the previous book. So if someone reads it quicker then there must be a reason for doing so other that the size of the book!.

Also, regarding the previous reviewer's comments on the 'ballgate' incident. I'm not going to cricise anyone's personal view of this, but, again just to correct a point. In the book Barrowman does not abdicate reponsibility for the incident but takes 'full responsiility' for the 'outrageousness' that 'got out of hand'.

And regarding the other stories in the book, yes I've also heard some of them before, but there were plenty of anactdotes that I'd never heard, some hilarious, some moving.

I agree that the book does read a bit differently from the previous one, it's more a book to 'dip into', and feels more like the reader is sitting down listening to various tales told by around a table or in a living room. It feels much more intimate (perhaps that isn't the right word, maybe 'homely') But from the introduction that seems to be a deliberate intention of the writer. And I think it works very well. Whether it sounds like Carole talking and not John (as the previous reviewer claimed), I have no idea, as I haven't heard enough of Carole to make a judgement!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biographies 10 Jun 2010
I recently purchased both this and Anything Goes. Absolutely wonderful. Both of them. I personally am not really a big fan of biographies or autobiographies in general. John's are the only ones that I have ever wanted to read and actually purchased. These are a must have for any John Barrowman fan.
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john arrived safe and sound. I have read it five time's. I just love all his books. Hope to read all his book's
Published 13 months ago by stargirl
4.0 out of 5 stars I.m A Fan of John's.
I enjoyed reading about Johns life he comes over as a really freindly guy with no side to him. He envedently has deep love for his family and friends. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rose field
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the first.
I read and loved his first book so I had to get this one as well. Still reading it but so far I am loving it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am What I Am
This book had me laughing and crying. John Barrowman always talks a lot of sense. Saw him in an interview with Fern Britton and was so impressed wanted to read more about him. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs L Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It is good to see Barrowman express himself in the way he did in this book,and I think it is an excellent book for all to read
Published 21 months ago by Brian
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It is his second autobiography, his first being Anything Goes which I haven't yet read.

But having finished I Am What I Am some time ago, I felt it was about time I... Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by Antony Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!
This is a great book, I love every single word... and i love John Barrowman, too... It's amazing, funny, and have a lot of information about his life as an actor, singer... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by Damian F. Maceira
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