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This Is Me [Hardcover]

Michelle Collins
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Book Description

3 April 2014
Michelle Collins has played iconic roles in the two most watched soap operas on British television. In the 1990s she played the backstabbing blonde, Cindy Beale, in EastEnders, and in 2011 she joined the cast of Coronation Street and now plays much-loved Rovers Return landlady, Stella Price. But what about the rest? Much of Michelle's remarkable story has never been told before. From growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in North London with her sister and their young single mother to Michelle's quest for success as she fought her way through some difficult and painful times. In her book Michelle reveals her first foray into the music business; her tempestuous relationships and the truth behind the tabloid stories. Through it all, Michelle's book is ultimately a celebration of her talent, resilience, and so much more. It is the open, frank, funny, and sometimes shocking story of a proud, working single mum, who has led an extraordinary life and who has never been afraid of fighting for what she wants.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782432329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782432326
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explosive (Daily Mirror)

Searingly honest (Sunday Mirror)

Candidly lifts the lid not only on her childhood and teenage years growing up in North London, but also on three roller coaster decades in showbusiness (HELLO!)

Searing honesty about the highs and lows of her life and career (Manchester Evening News)

A warm, funny and sometimes shocking story of a working single mum that takes an uncompromising look at her life, talent and so much more (Weight Watchers Magazine)

Delving into the details of her relationship woes, struggles with an eating disorder and the backlash experienced when joining the cast of Weatherfield (Woman's Way)

Charts her life from a working class wannabe to a successful actress (Liverpool Echo)

About the Author

Michelle Collins is an actress and singer who has starred in both EastEnders and Coronation Street, as well as Sunburn and Two Thousand Acres of Sky for BBC Television, and many other film, TV and theatre roles, including The Illustrated Mum, Real Women and Daddy Cool. She lives in London with her daughter, Maia.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank honest and humbling! 4 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Michelle Collins has given a frank open and heartwarming account of her life. It is always easy to judge someone based on media reports and often as in the case of recent scandal involving celebrity or famous people the media have been correct in their facts. I view Ms Collins in a different light after reading her book on kindle. I was so engrossed by the content I could not put it down and finished it in a day! She is a real trooper who had worked hard at both relationship issues and work issues but most of all she has worked hard for her daughter Maia whom she clearly loves more than any fame or wealth. I found the comparison with her own mum extraordinary as she too was a single mum determined to do the best for her girls. It must be lovely for her mum to see her girls do well and she sounds like a lovely lady. Michelle strikes me as someone who loves acting but actually shuns celebrity status which unfortunately in her case had seemed to dominate much of her career. This book is an open and honest account of her life including her struggles as well as her joys. She comes accross as a really lovely family oriented person with a big heart not only for her own family and friends but for the wider community in general. I loved the book and actually fiound myself liking her as a person who has so much more to give than entertaining us with her acting. Well done Michelle and thank you for sharing your story. You will touch many hearts with this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great life michelle 14/4/2014 14 April 2014
By roxy
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Wow loved it great insight into michelle and family Had forgotten all the things she had been in She has had some hard knocks in life and it was great to read her story and find out so much about her Michelle u wrote with feeling and made me the reader a part of your world!! Absolutely fantastic you go girl your a great actress and author xx
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner! 23 April 2014
By Sherree
Thoroughly enjoyed reading " This is me" shows the true Michelle, strong, determined , talented and most of all warm. An insight into the highs and lows of success. She isn't just a pretty face. Well worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A READ !! 20 April 2014
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I have to say I'm not sure what I expected of this book but was pleasantly surprised upon reading it how frank and honest Michelle was, She opened up about all aspects of her life including personal and work which i found quite refreshing as some autobiographies can be very guarded

I have seen many of the programmes Michelle has been in but this gave me a real insight into her as Michelle rather than her characters and I really enjoyed it, i would recommend it to everyone

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 21 April 2014
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A real page turner, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who may be considering the acting profession as it tells it as it is. It is also give a clear insight into Michelle`s life, with all its up and downs and trials and tribulations. Please read it and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wow - I had no idea how hard it is to succeed as an actress. I thought you turned up, read your lines and went home. Michelle Collins is amazing. She has gone through so much to acheive what you she has. I did not put the book down from cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 24 May 2014
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looked forward to reading this but did not enjoy this book. quite repetitive in places and none of the relationships explored in depth. seemed to skim over lots of bits of her life which would have been interesting to the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 20 May 2014
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Really great read couldn't put book down, Michelle tells it like like it is, you won't want to put it Down,recommended read great pictures
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book and finished it within a couple of ...
Really enjoyed this book and finished it within a couple of days. Michelle came over as a nice person without resorting to negative remarks about others.
Published 5 days ago by Dalziel
4.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Collins
A really enjoyable read as I love Michelle & always have.A very down to earth woman in this world of wanna bees & reality telly stars. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Margarette
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting story from one of the most well known soap stars
Published 11 days ago by philip stead
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Richy Kerrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
Lovely book nice relaxing everyday book. If you like autobiographies you will love this nice to see the other side
Published 17 days ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read
I thought the book was a brilliant and from written from the heart. I would recommend this book very highly.
Published 20 days ago by cassandra lowthorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very good interesting read enjoyed watching this actress in eastenders, she played a good part in Corri was hopeing she stayed in corri longer maybe she will return,
Published 26 days ago by yvonne
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
If I could I would have my money back , this was self indulgent rubbish . lots of poor me with name dropping at every turn. Read more
Published 26 days ago by maureen clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly readable!
What a great book. Effervescent, honest, detailed and so vivid and anecdotal- I literally couldn't put it down- until I finished it. I really do feel that Ms. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharona
5.0 out of 5 stars This is me
A great true and honest read excellent book would recommend this to anyone it's nice to hear her background as she isn't in the public eye too much
Published 1 month ago by judith forrest
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