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Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell [Kindle Edition]

Tom Bower
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Delving into backstage scandal, tabloid rumour and the cut-throat worlds of music and television, Tom Bower leaves no stone unturned in this must-read biography. Packed with juicy details, exclusive interviews and sensational revelations, Sweet Revenge is an incredible portrait of a fascinating celebrity which also uncovers the real stories behind The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and American Idol.

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'Meticulously researched, like the man himself this is annoyingly mesmerising stuff.' --Daily Mail

Book Description

Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell is the biggest biography of the year, now with Tom Bower's brand new material about the intimate life of Simon Cowell.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3199 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345533941
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (20 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571278353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571278350
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster and journalist and is the author of several ground-breaking books about tycoons. His most recent works are 'Branson' and 'Gordon Brown: Prime Minister'. His books about the Nazis include 'Blood Money' and the definitive biography of Klaus Barbie. Among his other much-debated biographies are those of Mohammed Fayed, Richard Branson and Robert Maxwell.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull! 12 Nov. 2012
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I'm afraid this book was pretty dull and although I read it all, it was a struggle. It didn't really hold my attention and short on some detail, although the author did seem to know what Simon cowell ate at every meal! If he had that kind of insight, why not more about some of the more interesting items, such as his relationship with other judges and more about his creating of "stars". I had stopped watching The X Factor before I read this, but certainly wouldn't watch it now
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Grief, I hope it improves! 11 May 2012
By Joanne
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Admittedly I am only half way through but boy I am struggling with this one! I hate not finishing a book so I will persevere, but the subject matter is dull, he is dull, and the writing style is terrible! Quotes and prose supposedly intertwined to relate the story but there is no flow to it and I find myself having to re-read sections to make sense of it. Very clunky and disjointed. Pretty desperate stuff, but I suppose I should have only expected that. Second star given in (over?) optimistic hope that things can only get better!

14th May - update. I have finished it, thank god. Still definitely no more than two stars and even that feels a bit generous.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dreary dreary me ... 30 July 2012
By EmmaS
I (like the earlier review from Essex Girl) am only halfway through this book and I'm struggling. Its like reading a 'statement' - devoid of any personality using just the bare facts (like a 'witness' statement, not one from your bank - although the one from your bank is probably far more entertaining than this!). Its so bland/boring its making it tough and I sympathise with all the other reviewers who have said the same thing. It just isn't a 'pleasant' read if you see what I mean. It is stock (aitken and waterman ha ha!) full of facts and continuous repetition. I get that the man is purely driven by beating Simon Fuller in every way possible (power, money, fame etc etc) - I got it the first, second and third time it came up, yawn. If the Simon F theme continues in the second half of the book then I just can't be bothered sticking with it. Considering Simon leads such a lavish lifestyle I'm finding it all a bit sad and I desperately wanted to find it thoroughly fascinating...

From that perspective, I fear, it maybe does hit the nail on the head. Perhaps Simon C is boring, bland and a bit of a numpty which is what Tow Bower in a genius moment of writing is trying to portray. Simon has just been a very very lucky man who, for some bizarre reason, is now the single most famous reality 'music' star critique in the world (ok then Universe if you're reading this Simon)! I never realised just how lacking his musical knowledge/background was until now. I was always a big Simon 'fan' and loved his shows for the pure entertainment value but this book, so far, has just served to turn me 'off' him big-styley. There simply has to be more to him than this. These poor young kids who are paraded out in front of him are literally there to serve a purpose - Simon's purpose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into and quite boring ! 8 Jan. 2013
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I was looking forward to reading this book but I have found it to be quite long winded, boring and hard to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what an empty life 12 Jun. 2013
By Mungo
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i read all the other reviews before writing this one and I was interested to see how many reviewers used the word 'boring'. I too found it hard going in places but I don't think it was the author's fault. I think Simon Cowell's life comes across as quite boring and samey. All that money ,power and sex and not a lot else. It made me glad I'm not Simon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible 11 Nov. 2012
By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a terrible third, forth or even sixth word book I have ever had the chance to read. What I mean is, its all hearsay. Another thing is, Simon must have had a hand in this book, its all 'nice' and excusable for any of his 'mistakes' actions.

Don't waste your money, your better of reading Cheryl Cole's, it was honest and a much better read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting content but not very well written 28 Nov. 2012
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The content is great but its not a very well written book unfortunately. Book does not flow which at times makes uncomfortable, frustrating reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is 17 Sept. 2012
By Rossy
Normally I enjoy reading a good autobiography and hearing tales from years gone by. This book when I finished it left me feeling deflated and angry that I had watched any of Cowells TV shows.

I read this book whilst away caravanning otherwise I wouldnt have entertained the book. From the authors perspective it makes Cowell out to be a man obsessed with power and money even when things go wrong as the book proves he turns it around for his advantage. I know a newspaper has been releasing extracts from this book all I'd say is stick with that the book doesnt reveal anything new apart from a few opinions on previous years X Factor Contestants and the way he controls the shows to make sure the people marketable win.

Unless you really like Simon Cowell I would recommend you avoid this at all costs
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