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My Life My Way [Hardcover]

Cliff Richard
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1 Sep 2008
Sir Cliff Richard OBE is the biggest-selling artist of all time, selling over 250 million records around the world since he burst onto the music scene in 1958. But how has he kept his appeal all these years? In a world fuelled by drink, sex and drugs, he is perennially attractive without any of those things that keep other singers' profiles high. Now, working with the highly acclaimed biographer and journalist, Penny Junor, Cliff is going to talk freely and frankly about what it is like to be Cliff. Inspirational, hugely talented, a much-loved household name, his story is extraordinary. Packed with hitherto unseen pictures and untold stories, fascinating memorabilia and a host of unique visual memories, it is a book to read and treasure for the next fifty years.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075531588X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755315888
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 16.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Updated with a chapter on his 50th anniversary celebrations --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sir Cliff Richard - singer, actor, businessman - was born in India in 1940 and moved to Britain in 1947. His showbiz career includes starring roles in film and television, and in 1995 he became the first rock star to be knighted.
Penny Junor began her career as an investigative feature journalist, and most recently she ghosted Pattie Boyd's memoir, WONDERFUL TODAY, a number one bestseller.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Cliff: A True Legend 19 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
Having almost finished My Life, My Way I just had to review it.

I've read a broad array of books about Sir Cliff, some by the man himself, and others by other people. None capture the heart of the man as well as this new one. It is a fascinating insight into a man the media continues to treat really badly, as if 50 years of being at the top, having hits all the way through and giving pleasure to a lot of people is a crime.

The book is paced very well, with topics going back and forth between the present and past smoothly. We are given interesting little facts along the way and Cliff's frank opinions on modern life, all of which show him as a complete person who lives not in some sort of 'starry' out of touch bubble, but in the same world as you and me. It is heartwarming how often Sir Cliff refers to his family and friends, explaining how it is these people who keep his feet on the ground and in touch with reality.

The most moving parts of the book come when Cliff talks of his parents. That his father missed the best years of Cliff's career, having died in 1961, is clearly a regret, and his mother's long battle with dementia and the awful effect of this terrible condition are reflected in what feels like an urgency for the reader to understand what his mother was like before the condition took hold. Having lost a parent to dementia I found Sir Cliff's honesty and openness on the subject very moving.

One should not forget of course that Sir Cliff has written the book with Penny Junor, who has written a number of biographies. She has done extremely well to ask the right questions, and give Sir Cliff the freedom and possibly the security, to talk frankly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AUTOBIOGRAPHY 17 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
I can't imagine what the previous reviewer thinks an autobiography should be about, if not its author! This is a very honest, very readable and engaging book - a proper reflection on an incredible 50 years in show business. Cliff has not taken the easy way out and produced an assemblage of photographs with captions and called it an autobiograpy. Instead he has done his fans proud and delved deep to produce a really worthwhile, detailed and fascinating story that doesn't cut corners or duck hard questions. He deserves every bit of his success and I'm sure this book will make him new fans.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliff's Story 6 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An insight into the early life of Cliff Richard. I have been a fan for many years but he doesn't tell you of all the good things that he has done. My niece was spina bifida and he went out of his way to visit her after she had been poorly. He sent her tickets to his shows and always sent a card for her birthdays and Christmas. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend her funeral but his music was there. A great human being and great to know more of him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Richard,..( Quite simply a "One Off" ) 7 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
He likes Jerry Lee an' Elvis,so he's OK in
my book!.Yes,ol'Harry Webb has done well for
himself,and no mistake!
I bought this book for my girl friend,and
have'nt read it myself as yet,but from what
she tells me,it covers Cliff's early formative
years,and the background to his unstoppable
climb to fame.We've also got the "fame years"
info in there too,of course.No solo artiste
in this country can match his success,and he
really is the epitome of professionalism in
what has to be the one of the most competitive
industries of 'em all.He deserves more critical
acclaim than he gets,but with a fan base as big,
and as loyal as his,it really is'nt necessary!
Like Tom Jones,and Lulu,...I don't think Cliff
has ever mimed to a live performance of any of his
hits,..(Lip sync-ing on his movies does'nt count,
of course).So,that in itself separates the men from
the boys.
Cliff,...you'r Great!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A-w-e-s-o-m-e Book 7 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
Wow. Amazing book! I am still recovering from this book which cliff has written from the bottom of his heart. Thank you cliff for giving us an insight into your personality. For fans, it is a 'must' read, as we get to know so many intimate details like what he has for breakfast, his fears, his love and above all his frank approach to life and controversies which surround him. He not only clears the dust but also confirms what all his fans already know about him...that he is such a humble person, inspite of having millions of fans worldwide, especially here in India. My only regret was there were no contact details about his fan clubs nor an address we could write to, which could have been included in this super book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and informative 30 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover
amusing and personal anecdotes by the man himself that he has never told before on his career as well as personal life, feat. quite a number of previously unreleased photos - good read, absolutely enjoyable, well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Richard 28 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
It is really great to hear Cliff reading his own book - well worth the money! Delivery was fast and efficient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cliffs book 29 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I read this book I felt I knew the real Cliff, it was sad in places and made me think of a time when people had respect for one another, a time when a child got a clout if they did wrong , and people had to work hard to get the good things in life , I like Cliffs old fashioned views on things and I think he has captured exactly what it was like to be a teenager in the sixties, there will never be another time like it , we were there when it all began, it was an age of inocence
compared to today , brilliant ,I loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff the Great
Yippee. I love everything about Cliffy. This book was a cert before I eve opened the cover.as any book about him would be. Love you Cliff!!!!!!
Published 4 days ago by Dodie Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Very good book, an enjoyable read, full of honest accounts of Cliff Richard's career so far
Published 10 days ago by muggles
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight of Cliff
Very interesting to hear his views on life. Have been surprised by many of his thoughts. well worth reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliff's bizarre world of music studios and collecting old arcade games...
This book is worth buying if you love Cliff. He writes about Stanley Kubrick asking him to do Summer Holiday when Michael Caine abandoned the project to play football in a small... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim Fowley
5.0 out of 5 stars cliff
if you like Cliff,Richard for any reason at all. you will love this book, as its really his full life story
Published 6 months ago by Carl De Rome
5.0 out of 5 stars i love the it
I love cliff and this book is such a good read good I would read it again and again thank you very much
Published 10 months ago by mrs m a skipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Richard My life, my way
He is a great entertainer for almost 60 years (and hopefully more to come) and It is written/told in a very personal way.
Published 13 months ago by Gerard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good buy, very good service and great product. Received it very quickly, extremely well packed. Cannot fault it in anyway.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Terence Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A must if You are a Cliff Richard fan.
Bought it for my mom's birthday and she liked it a lot.
Published 16 months ago by Patrick H Beckers
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration
Modest, self-effacing and utterly devoid of pride or vanity, Cliff has charted a unique course through the murky waters of the pop industry, a business that - more often than not -... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kelton Ramp
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