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That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between Paperback – 6 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029207
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Beckham is one of the most famous and photographed women in the world. Her best-selling autobiography Learning to Fly (also published by Penguin) was one of the most successful non-fiction titles of 2001.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Marwood on 15 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Victoria Beckham's first foray into fashion writing is an enjoyable, readable guidebook about clothes, style and beauty, with an autobiographical element - written in a conversational style, it's peppered with anecdotes about Victoria's life, but doesn't become overwhelmed by them. There's enough personal detail to keep celebrity gossip enthusiasts happy, but the book is dominated by style advice, making it perfect for budding fashionistas. The fact that it's co-written with the excellent Hadley Freeman, of Vogue and the Guardian, lends the book an air of authority that's absent from similar celebrity tomes.

Anyone expecting to be told exactly what to wear will be disappointed - this is a collection of style tips and guidelines, providing ideas to draw inspiration from, rather than a set of stringent rules. It's cleverly written to appeal to a wide audience - yes, designer names are frequently namechecked, but high street alternatives are suggested for every item. The tone is friendly and witty, which makes the book easy to read and hard to put down - I had to ration the chapters in order to stop myself from devouring it all in one go!

The design is abosolutely gorgeous and very innovative - the layout and illustrations are beautiful. It would have been easy to fill a book like this with standard pictures of clothes, but it's packed with drawings and graphics, designers' preliminary sketches of outfits, and behind-the-scenes pictures of Victoria. There's also Ellen von Unwerth's stunning photographs of Victoria, which tie in with the themes of the chapters but work just as well in isolation, making this a perfect coffee-table book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jenjenjenjen=] on 18 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
So I'm 14, I like Victoria Beckham and think she has great style and was bought this book for my birthday. This book, as it does say on the cover, isn't 'my attempt to tell you what or what not to do. It's just to share some of what I've learned.' And that's exactly what it's about. It's not a book telling you what to do, it's a book telling you what Victoria does. It's split up into lots of different sections: jeans, tops, accessories to name just a few, which I think was a clever idea so instead of having to plough through the whole book to read about her advice on evening dresses you can skip straight to the 'parties' section and pick up some inspiration. It's seemingly light reading even though at a first glance the 311 pages can look quite intimidating. I do think it's a good book, and it serves it's purpose giving us an insight into Victoria's wardrobe, and in some parts her daily life, however if you are a teenage reader, like myself, looking for a snappy read to pick up some fashion tips from your fave celeb I do think it's a little heavy going and won't keep you entertained. It's more about style and how Victoria Beckham dresses and has settled into her style rather than the latest fashions and how to pull them off. Definitely a fab read though, three smiley faces =] =] =]
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Louise Kolbeinsen on 31 Dec 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was actually looking forward to this book when I first heard about it. Victoria Beckham has, in my opinion, amazing dress sense, and I was hoping that I might get some insight into how she does it.

WRONG!

This book is nothing more than page after page of Victoria telling you how fab her life is. All the designers she is friends with. Her wonderful life with the kids and David. She offers very little practical advice. She consistently says things like 'Oh Gucci does a great example of this, as does Chanel and Balenciagia, and there are options available on the High Street' Oh yeah? WHERE! WHAT STORE?

The book will be dated within a year. She talks about current trends like pencil skirts. Well, the way fashion goes they will be out soon and the book will be utterly useless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I heard that Victoria Beckham was publishing a style guide I was curious. I'm not a fan, but I don't have anything against her either.

Having now read it (it took a day) I'm still a bit undecided. `That Extra Half an Inch' is written in a cosy style - it's like you're having a cup of coffee with Mrs Beckham. The book is nicely set into different sections; Tops, Day Dresses, Gifts (a lovely idea), make-up (disappointing) etc. And the photos are really stunning.

That said I didn't actually learn anything new. This book is mostly a higher end where-to-buy guide. Come on - are all of the designer names Vic drops really useful to the average person on the street? Are our husbands going to whisk us off to Paris and New York for shopping? (Even if they did have the money I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you). Plus, this book must be sponsored by Top Shop; I lost count of the number of times the shop name cropped up.

I'm really conflicted in my view. A lovely, if impractical, style guide. I would get another book, if one was ever published, just because of the nice, intimate writing style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julia Simpson-Kendrick on 13 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
I quite liked this, but can't work out whether to recommend it to others because while it has a nice feel to it, the advice itself is a bit silly. You've either read it before or it's just not good advice! Would say though that I enjoyed reading it. Like other reviewers - I'm a bit on the fence too!
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