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That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between [Paperback]

Victoria Beckham , Hadley Freeman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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6 Sep 2007
'I've always been a girls' girl. And I know from experience that making the very best of yourself is something any woman can do. I was never the six-foot-tall pin-up ...I've always been the girl-next-door who got lucky. I've come a long way in the last ten years, but this book isn't my attempt to tell you what or what not to do. It's just to share some of what I've learned.' Based on the phenomenal bestselling hardback, this handbag edition with exclusive new photography is updated with extra tips for where to find your must-have purchases. That Extra Half an Inch is a revealing and practical book on fashion, beauty and style. Victoria shares her secrets on dressing for special occasions, everyday wear, accessorizing, holiday tips and making the most of your wardrobe. Whether you're getting ready for work, a night out on the town or even doing the school run, this is Victoria's personal guide to feeling confident and looking great every time you step out of the front door.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029207
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,390 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, frivolous fashion handbook 15 May 2007
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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From a teenager's point of view =] 18 July 2007
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected actually ... 30 Dec 2006
I have to be honest and say that this book was better than I expected. Someone bought this for me for christmas - I'm not a huge fan of Victoria but I quite like her and so I read this book with an open mind.

I've picked up some good tips and it's a book that you can dip into again and again. I didn't know that Miss Sixty jeans are cut for the more curvy shape, Abercrombie do some of the best quality t-shirts around and Body Shop do the best skin exfoliating gloves (in Victoria's opinion of course). I will try some of her suggestions out and see for myself.

The positives - its 311 pages long, with lots of lovely photos of her (colour and black and white) - any fan into collecting photos of her could love this book for that reason alone. Chapters are split into jeans, tops, skirts/dresses, accessories, parties, vacations, winter, special occasions, pregnancy, lingerie, shopping, make up/hair and at the back there is a Where To Buy section with tons of websites.

The negatives - I did get a little fed up of her mentioning TopShop quite so many times! Also, for the majority of us, top of the range designer labels are out of the question. However if you can afford the likes of Burberry and Karen Millen you will get even more out of the book than most of us.

A warning though - anyone expecting it to be a book exactly like trinny and susannah's are probably going to be a little disappointed. There are a few similarities, but its not quite the same kind of book. It is Victoria's own opinions about the things she wears, buys and uses. And yes, some of the tips you've heard before (ie. no frilly bras with t-shirts!) but there was a lot she said that made sense, and quite frankly she does look great and well groomed always doesn't she, so she must get something right!

In conclusion therefore I have to say I liked it. It's a self-indulgent book - read it without expecting TOO much.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good book 31 Dec 2006
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.


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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5.0 out of 5 stars book
for my niece. arrived today. excellent packaging. know she will love it. has three of victoria beckhams books many has she written?
Published 5 months ago by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book with signature. I have the US version and this one is much nicer. Very happy with the book.
Published 6 months ago by Karina Widdicombe
3.0 out of 5 stars Victoria
This is a good reference book when studying body posture which I was when I bought it. I don't use it as much as other books of similar content.
Published 10 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Loved this book, well worth the money and if you love fashion and Victoria Beckham then this book is for you.
Published 10 months ago by Saadia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fashion and Beauty book.
Easy to read and had lots of great fashion and beauty advice. I love VIctoria Beckham, she is brilliant! x
Published 12 months ago by M. Needham
4.0 out of 5 stars big fan
I am a huge fan of victoria beckham. I thought the book was great it has good info on hair, make up and dresses. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ireadnovels
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice information, Helpful
I got this book with some trepidation. I always thought that Victoria Beckham would be very high and mighty! How wrong I was. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. N. J. Soen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips from a style icon
I love this book and I often refer to it when updating my own wardrobe. There are lots of useful tips here from the stylish mother and she recommends a few brands which I hadn't... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hilda Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
I am a fan of Victoria Beckham's style and I bought this to try and pick up some helpful tips. It is a good book to dip in and out of, very inspiring and fun to read. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Melissa W
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
As a victoria beckham fan this book is great. It's insightful and personal and a great gift for a VB fan or anyone struggling with their own style !!!!
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Natalie C
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