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My Take [Paperback]

Gary Barlow
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4 Jun 2007
Take That were the original British boy band. They sold out arenas in less time than it took to play one of their chart-topping singles. Gary Barlow was the band's gifted front man who not only wrote hits such as "Pray" and "A Million Love Songs" but sang them too. Then, the band quit at the very height of their fame. Here, Gary reveals for the first time his ride on the rollercoaster of fame, the truth behind the rumours of the band's feuding and his fall-out with Robbie, and how he sank into depression only to rise again in one of pop's greatest comebacks: the record-breaking Take That reunion tour. Candid, confident and down-to-earth, Gary is definitely back for good.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747588066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747588061
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A must-read for fans' -- Sunday Express

`Entertaining ... Barlow makes an unfailingly reliable narrator' -- Sunday Times

`Gary dishes the all the dirt on our favourite 90s boyband. An
absolute must for all hardcore Take That devotees' -- Heat

`This is an honest and down-to-earth read' -- Natasha Harding, The Sun

`Witty, likeable' -- New Statesman

From the Publisher

Gary Barlow's autobiography, a frank, revealing look at
behind-the-scenes of one of Britain's biggest bands by its lead singer. The
paperback is updated with the story of the comeback of all comebacks.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read 13 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
Well written page turner from Gary Barlow. This book is a real eye opener, I had always assumed that Gary was the boring one but NOT SO this book is full of gossip and revelations on Take That's rise to glory.

His comments on his Manager, Nigel Martin-Smith are absolutely hilarious! Gary has such a great sense of humour.

He talks about his personal life and his public life in a very honest way, the book includes some wonderful photos for Take That fans. Gary is not afraid to admit his faults along the way and I admire his honesty.

It is clear he is a committed family man and they in turn are totally devoted to him.

This book deals with his feelings about the current Take That revival which is proving to be a massive success.

Recommended reading - LONG OVERDUE FOR TAKE THAT FANS
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Admittedly I do have a bit of a soft spot for Gary Barlow, but this has only been since take that's 'rebirth' last year, as I was too young to appreciate the band the first time around. Yet that doesn't matter if you are a fan or not.

This book not only takes you on a tour of the bands highs and lows but the personal hurdles Gary has overcome too; good and bad.

I found myself smiling along with him, laughing with him, bracing myself during the tough moments...and when I came to the last page I didn't want it to end.

To sum, it has made me appreciate Gary Barlow as a song writer and a singer, as a performer and a band member, he is a marvel who desreves everything he has worked so hard for.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Barlow - My Take 9 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have to say what a thoroughly enjoyable read this book was. Although I was never a take that fan back in the 90's I was fascinated to read Gary's side of events after seeing him on Jonathan Ross, and also after watching the Take That Documentary at the end of last Year.

The book is an honest account of how things were in the Take That days, and the eventful lives they all lived at that time. Gary is also not frightened of highlighting mistakes he made and reflecting on how his actions may have led to some of the animosity between him and other band members.

It is very informative and a fascinating read. It is clear from reading the book that Gary is a very well grounded lad (which is understandable when you read about his early days performing on his organ in small working mens clubs) and although he likes his extravagances (Cheshires answer to Elton John...by his own admission!!) he truely has a well balanced understanding of the important things in life.

You can't help but warm to the guy and empathise with the struggle he went through after the break up of Take That, and the way the media tried their best to destroy him.

He has a very refreshing attitude to all that has gone on, good and bad in his life, and you get a real sense that writing the book has helped him to face his demons and finally put the past behind him.

A great read
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever!! 6 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
All I ever knew about Gary Barlow, was that he was the lead singer and songwriter in Take That, and that apparently he and Robbie Williams never got on. However, after reading this book I feel like I know everything about his life.

Gary has written this book so brilliantly and so honestly. He admits his mistakes and is honest about the people he works with. I couldn't put this book down and read it in less thank 2 weeks.

Gary leads us through his life and describes every event so well. When you read about how his life was after Take That split up, and how Robbie and the press tried so well to break him, it brings a tear to your eye.

There are also some halarious moments, where I had to put the book down and grab a tissue to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes. This has got to be the best book I have ever read and I enjoyed reading it so much.

Gary also ends the book superbly with the last chapter, which is a real shock, quite unbelievable. He describes this last event so fantastically and once again, it brings a tear to your eye.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Gary Barlow, or just Take That.

Gary Barlow is a genius!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Barlow Autobiography! 6 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
What a wonderful autobiography. Thoroughly enjoyable read filled with heartfelt and emotional accounts of Gary's time before, during and after Take That. I couldn't put this book down. A must for any Take That fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - couldnt put it down 8 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
Admittedly I do have a bit of a soft spot for Gary Barlow, but this has only been since take that's 'rebirth' last year, as I was too young to appreciate the band the first time around. Yet that doesn't matter if you are a fan or not.
This book not only takes you on a tour of the bands highs and lows but the personal hurdles Gary has overcome too; good and bad.
I found myself smiling along with him, laughing with him, bracing myself during the tough moments...and when I came to the last page I didn't want it to end.

To sum, it has made me appreciate Gary Barlow as a song writer and a singer, as a performer and a band member, he is a marvel who deserves everything he has worked so hard for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans. 1 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved this book because I love Take That's music, shows and videos. I read the whole book in two days because I wanted to know what happened next. Gary's had an interesting life, and it was fascinating reading - even the bits about his life out of the band.

The only criticism I would make is that it does list rather a lot of names and dates, and doesn't really dish the gossip as much as I'd like (or maybe that's just me!) - I was left still wanting to know more about the way the band-members got along together, and what they were all like. I suppose Gary's too diplomatic to spill too many beans!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
Have not yet read this and cant seem to give it away lol (I wonder why?) May get round to reading it one day
Published 1 month ago by Michael Repton
5.0 out of 5 stars magic
first class spot on great reading i love this book could read and read it wgat a grea man love him x
Published 5 months ago by miss natalie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Too many daft photos!
I don't like the idea of having loads of old Take That photos and personal Gary Barlow photos in the book! It makes it off putting, and makes me not want to read it :(
Published 12 months ago by Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It was a great read from Gary Barlow and had some fabulous photos. It was insightful and it was lovely to read about Gary growing up and how he coped when the band split up and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Victoria Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Gary fans
I bought this for a friend for her birthday who is a massive Gary Barlow fan and she appeared to like it!
Published 17 months ago by Leicestershire Dex
5.0 out of 5 stars My Take Gary Barlow
Very interesting seeing how his life went from a boy through to the roller coaster of fame, he really has had a rough time and deserves all the fame he has now.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. P. D. Fordyce-gale
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The book is exactly as described, very good, great auto biography. Full of facts and lots of humor. Strongly recommend to any Gary Barlow's fan!
Published 19 months ago by Ilana Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars warts and all - told from the heart
it must have took a lot for gary to write this no nonsense book of his life to date. warts and all. with age he has mellowed and realised that talented he may be, hes worth so much... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by libby_black
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Really enjoyed this book - gave a good insight to the life of Gary. Take That and the recording world. Easy reading
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by CathyO
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read!
I have always been a big Take That fan and especially Gary, who always was my favourite! Now he is a certain X factor judge right now, i just had to order this book. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Angie
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