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Unbroken: A Story of Survival [Hardcover]

Beverley Callard
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15 April 2010
Beverley Callard has been loved by millions of viewers for the last twenty years in her role as feisty Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald on Coronation Street. But behind the scenes her rollercoaster life has been even more colourful than her character's.She has suffered from crippling depression, been divorced three times, and has had to start from scratch following infidelity and bankruptcy. But every time she's been knocked down, Beverley has struggled through and steadfastly rebuilt her life. And it is that determination to cope with whatever life throws at her that has made Beverley's story one of inspiration to women everywhere. She's now ready to tell it for the first time.From growing up in Leeds, coping with family tragedy, and marrying for the first time just after her seventeenth birthday, Beverley's childhood was at times tough. But she was always surrounded by the love and laughter of her family. Beverley talks candidly about the devastating impact of her three broken marriages and describes the happiness she has now found with her wonderful partner Jon. In this intimate and moving autobiography Beverley reveals a life of extraordinary highs - the wonderful times she's had wearing the shortest skirts on the Street! - and devastating lows - including the she suffered last year.Heartfelt, funny and shockingly honest, Unbroken is the gripping story of a truly remarkable woman.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144470527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444705270
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Coronation Street legend tells her shocking story for the first time.

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About the Author

Beverley Callard was born in Leeds in 1957 and started acting as soon as she left school. She found fame on Coronation Street in the 1980s as Liz McDonald and has been a regular cast member ever since. Beverley also has a successful career as a fitness instructor. She has two children and lives in Lancashire.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 25 May 2010
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I found the book very interestesting and honest, it gave you an insight into the life of a "soap star". Her honesty about her family and her depression gave the reader a peek into a different life than we may have had before. I think Beverley Callard is very brave to speak out about her depression and the effect it has had on life, my sister has sufferd with Manic Depression for years and I am glad to say that she gets the help she needs. Hopefully this book will help a lot of other people to seek the help they need, I can highly reccomend this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
After my breakdown 8 yrs ago I haven't been able to read much due to lack of concentration but I saw Beverley Callard on TV talking about her breakdown & how she has come through it & I thought I would like to read it.

I wasn't disappointed with the book, I found it easy to read & well written. Beverley talks about her childhood & growing up in Leeds, about tragedies she has had to face from a young age & battles with her health including cancer.
I have recommended this book to all my friends especially as its Mental health week & it really does explain what it is like to go through the darkness of depression & the battles faced to pull through it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and open 13 May 2010
By D. Ward
Format:Hardcover
Beverley Callard's book is honest and open. Beverley tells us about her 'off screen' life and she is certainly 'Unbroken'. She demonstrates what spirit she has and how she has faced some difficult and troubled times. There is more to Beverley than being 'Liz McDonald'. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wife Of Derek Book Worm 21 Oct 2010
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Beverly tells it how it is,she suffered a total breakdown and life was not always good.Off camera she became a broken woman but did receive support from the cast of Coronation Street.Failed marriages,mental torture to the point of being hospitalised, she acted out her roll on the TV and yet she was crumbling in her private life.I enjoyed this biography,written well,and nothing held back,I would recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbroken: A story of Survival 28 May 2010
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This book was compelling and shows a completely different persona to the one we see in Coronation Street.
A fastinating insight into depression and it's various effects on both sufferer and associated family and friends.
As a fellow sufferer I found it inspiring and could not put it down.
Thank you Beverley for the help and encouragement I found there.
The book was delivered promptly and in perfect condition
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 23 May 2010
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This book is one of the most heart wrenching books ever. Theres tears and laughter, and when you read what Beverley has been through, its amasing that she is the person she is today. HIGHLY RECOMENDED.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, sincere & humorous 28 Feb 2011
By Chelli
Format:Hardcover
Beverley's autobiography starts off slow with quite an ordinary childhood and first marriage, but then it rapidly builds into quite an extraordinary tale as she experiences 3 broken marriages, 2 life-threatening pregnancies, cancer, a nervous breakdown, the threat of bankruptcy and numerous family problems. But it's not all doom and gloom, she also talks of her successful career as an actress & fitness instructor, overcoming her breakdown and finally finding her perfect partner.
Beverley writes very honestly and openly about her life and comes across as a really down to earth likable person. I found her writing on the depression she suffered insightful and inspiring towards other sufferers. She also has a great sense of humour and I really enjoyed the funny tales she tells about tricks played on fellow cast members behind the scenes at Coronation Street.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 21 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as I saw it advertised. The Book came in excellent condition and was great value for money. I was hoping to buy this book for ages and it was well worth the wait.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story, from a great actress !
Published 18 days ago by David babbington
4.0 out of 5 stars corry fan
i really enjoyed Beverley's book, lots of things i did not know about her
.makes me look at her through different eyes when i see Liz on Corry, she is a good actress
hope... Read more
Published 1 month ago by brengaf
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I enjoyed her story I thought it was very honest. I took on holiday and I would recommend as a good holiday read
Published 2 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What a fantastic honest well written book. Talk about up and downs. Extremely heart warming with some humour. You can't help but fall in love with Beverly.
Published 2 months ago by wendie
3.0 out of 5 stars quick read
this book was quite interesting but the author was inclined to repeat herself frequently which can be a turn off
Published 3 months ago by Jane Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I bought this for a birthday present so this is a proxy preview. It has brought good viewing to the person I gave it to. That's all I can say about the item..
Published 5 months ago by Phil9028
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbroken
Brilliant book, so Eye opening. Just didn't realize what a hard life Beverley had had. Enjoyed reading it. Good luck Bevereley xxx
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Published 5 months ago by JANICE VASAMI
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
Such a brilliant book. From start to finish Beverley is very honest. Really has a had a battle in life but this book proves she's strong and will fight on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jenna m
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbroken
I would highly recommend this book its a fantastic read couldn't put it down had many late nights or should I say early mornings
Published 7 months ago by pauline holton
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but repetative at times
I found similar patterns throughout this book, regarding relationships etc, I found the latter part of the book more interesting reading about how Beverley coped with depression... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sporty
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