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Chas Newkey-Burden
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15 April 2010
Love him or loathe him, Simon Cowell is arguably the most influential player in the British entertainment industry and one of Britain's most successful exports. After a humble start in the post room at EMI, his meteoric rise began when he became a top A&R executive, signing huge acts from Westlife and Five to Robson & Jerome. Fame and a television career followed when he became a judge in the TV talent shows Pop Idol and American Idol and subsequently created the hit shows The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, watched by millions every year. His trademark blunt honesty coupled with his extraordinary business savvy has made him a household name - but what do we really know about this charismatic and sharp-tongued man? In Simon Cowell Chas Newkey-Burden finds out, interviewing friends and old colleagues, and lifting the lid on the professional and private life of one of Britain's most eligible batchelors.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843174855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843174851
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Insightful... learn what's driven Simon to success and about the family he cherishes to much (News of the World)

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Chas Newkey-Burden is a journalist who has written successful biographies of Amy Winehouse, Alexandra Burke and Paris Hilton, among others.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I must admit that I have never been the greatest fan of Simon Cowell which is mainly due to his political perspective and has less to do with his Mr Nasty image and persona on Television. However, on reading this book, I still think his image is overrated and now I know why. In a sense, Simon Cowell has been typecast to some extent that he has always been known as the harsh judge off X factor or American Idol, but what other people have said about him in this book makes you realise that he is far removed from that off screen.

Nonetheless, personally speaking, I think his persona on screen is not an act, he is just being honest and true to 'himself, which is probably what most people admire him for'. The book in my view is an insightful look into Cowell's background of coming from a rich and affluent family with a sort of bratty childhood and upbringing that helped him to become the strong-minded, and the very successful and the popular individual he is today. Chas Newkey-Burden writing style is very eloquent and readable and I read the book in a few hours and I found Simon Cowell's early life of growing up near Elstree Studios, his first business, his first ever kiss, being expelled from school and working as a Runner for Stanley Kubrick after he (Kubrick) bought the Cowell family home very enlightening on what things in life shaped him. So, such an upbringing of being brought up within family that had strong roots are very important and hence his love of finer things of life and then his personal (intimate) relationships and how he overcome those hardships in those areas of his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars e book 1 Dec 2012
By deepee
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i bought tis as my partne rlikes reading and so far she has found it very to read and i am now vey happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars prezzie 16 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
good prezzie for sister in law kept her out of mischief and from round at house so much winner all round
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 21 July 2013
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love it. Simon Cowell difficult times trying to reach his goal. Could not put the book down until I finished
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're through to the final 26 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have a love hate relationsip with Simon Cowell (loved Pop Idol, hate X Factor) so as a biography connoisseur I picked the book up with an open mind. Well the story is told with warmth and with the childhood pranks, teenage naughtyness and his rise to fame it's like getting to know him properly and he does come across as likeable. The author has a good turn of phrase which made the bits about X Factor tolerable. The early pics were sweet and could have been printed slightly more high quality maybe. 5 stars overall though.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this 100% 31 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
What I loved about this book is that Chas Newkey-Burden explores and weaves together two strands: the personal and the professional Simon Cowell. My view of Simon has always been that he's clever, that he performs a role, but that behind any outward nastiness he is a gentleman, a strong and driven individual. In reading this book, my views on Simon have been strengthened and reading the words, `I've never believed this is going to last forever' have made me like Mr Cowell even more.

Within `Simon Cowell: The Unauthorized Biography', there is the exploring of Simon's childhood and his forming as a strong minded individual. Chas Newkey-Burden looks at Simon's life growing up near Elstree Studios, describing Simon's first ever business, his first ever kiss, his being expelled from school and how he became a runner for Stanley Kubbrick (after Kubbrick bought the Cowell family home). This book shows Simon's strong family roots, his love of the finer things, his intimate relationships and his overcoming of personal trauma.

The other strand looks at Simon Cowell's professional growth. There is no doubt that Mr Cowell has experienced a spectacular rise into stardom. This biography tracks it all, from Pop Stars to X Factor and not forgetting just how Simon Cowell managed to crack America.

I am left with a renewed admiration for Simon Cowell. Chas Newkey-Burden joins Simon's words with interviews given by the people who know Mr Cowell best. I found it compelling and devoured the book within hours.

A must-read for anyone interested in the man behind the persona.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love him 31 Mar 2014
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It was ok, not an official book, but still enjoyed it, love Simon Crowell so this was always going to be a hit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simon 28 Feb 2014
By scottie
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This was bought for a friend and she loved the reading of it and would recommend it to Simon Cowell fans
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok reading.
a lot of what we already no about mr cowell.a bit boring in places what I did realize is how to he made so much money by being ruthless.
Published 11 months ago by mrs tracy spires
4.0 out of 5 stars Simon Cowell
Found book very interesting, and funny in parts. Simon is a law unto himself and doesnt care if he offends or pleases. What u see is what u get. He puts on no airs or graces. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon cowell book
Good interesting read, easy to purchase and follow. Flows well, it's cheap and fun to read. Didn't want to put it down.
Published 14 months ago by Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Simon Cowell unauthorized biography
Received my book in the time i was promised,havent finished reading it yet but to be honest its not gripping me as i thought it would.
Published on 2 Aug 2012 by molly
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Dissappointed
I normally love biographies but this one is full of useless information, lots of facts and figures which are not really relevant. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Mrs S Latham
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good Read about Mr Cowell
Lots of quotes from other books and very interesting begining to his life although gets a little lost and boring in the middle. Read more
Published on 29 May 2011 by steve eastman
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book
Truly badly written from the start and should only take you an hour or 2 to read. Nothing particularly new in this book (in fact if the art of writing a book was to read 2 other... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by Mr. R. Englander
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