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What's It All About? [Kindle Edition]

Cilla Black
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Cilla Black is without doubt one of Britain's most treasured personalities. Generations have grown up with Cilla's music, TV shows, and performances. But how much do we really know about 'the girl with the bright red hair and the jet black voice'? What's It All About? is Cilla's own story, told for the first time ever. It's the story of a woman who has worked ceaselessly to stay at the top for forty years despite setbacks and personal tragedy; a life of incredible highs and terrible lows. In this deeply personal autobiography she tells her unique story in intimate and vivid detail for the very first time. This is the real Cilla Black.

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"A wonderful book" (Heat)

"A fascinating read...the ultimate companion for fans" (Hello)

"You'll laugh, but you'll cry too." (Daily Mirror)

"A readable, likeable account of the life of a national treasure." (OK)

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Celebrating 60 years of life and 40 years of show biz, this is the long awaited autobiography of a British legend.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but a lorra lorra ego! 19 April 2008
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
This review is for the paperback version of the book.

With a career in showbiz spanning over forty years, Cilla Black's life and achievements more than merit an autobiography. If you are only familiar with her Saturday night TV shows 'Blind Date' and 'Surprise Surprise' - this book could be a revelation.

If you around in the 1960s or enjoy learning about the pop culture of the decade, you'll find something of interest. Cilla writes about her early days in the music business, friendship with the Beatles and the places her chart topping pop music career took her to. We also find out about Cilla as a person, and she writes movingly about loosing a daughter at birth, and the death of her beloved husband and manager Bobby Willis. There's some good stories, you'll enjoy it, 'What's It All About?' will certainly make for far superior reading than that of 'instant famers'.

What spoilt this book for me considerably is that Cilla's ego appears to be almost as big as her talent, this comes across more than ever in the later chapter. If we aren't kidding ourselves, we all know that she can't be completely the warm, cuddly down-to-earth lady she appears on television. She's a true blue Tory who, in interviews, speaks about being proud of her working class routes whilst talking about visiting Thatcher in Downing Street the next minute. I agree with Ricky Tomlinson's feelings about that, but I know that politics is up to the individual. However, Cilla's consistent bragging towards the end about all of the money she has earned, made me want to say to her: ''Good for you Cilla, but just remember that you made your living off the love of many working-class people''.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Black: Gave out light but not warmth. 9 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Because I'm a (struggling!) musician and pianist, any music figure interests me, but especially those connected with the explosion of British Pop circa 1963. In some ways I feel slightly ambivalent about Cilla Black as a person - I grew up as a child in the 80's and my memories of her were not primarily of her as England's Pop Princess, but England's Jokey-But-Ever-So-Slightly-Prim Favourite Auntie, on her two main TV shows, Surprise Surprise, and Blind Date. Despite these small misgivings, I was aware that here was a woman with a steel hand inside a velvet glove, and I was interested to know how she had achieved her successes.

I have to be truthful and say that the style in which the book has been (ghost?) written is pretty ghastly. There is an overdose in the early part of the book of lapsing into colloquial Scouse (lotta= lots of, gotta= go to, and so on, ad naueseum). As Cilia (that's their terrible proof reading, not my bad spelling for Cilla, along with Bingo (Ringo) Starr - consistently so throughout the book) becomes slightly grander these colloquialisms all but disappear as the book progresses. But they are an unnecessary contrivance. We know Cilla says "lorra". We don't need to be reminded of it every on every other page.

There's never a sense that one really gets to understand Cilla apart from a few superficialities. She loves her work intensely. She loved her husband and manager Bobby immensely. She likes to remind us that she is a multi-talented artiste - a truly appalling word that perhaps should be confined to the scrap-heap along with the word serviette. I recently listened to her version of Anyone Who Had A Heart, and it is a truly remarkable recording, and she doubtlessly had a great gift, and enormous vocal versatility.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still not been proof-read 18 Aug. 2014
By Mrs CME
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Firstly, what a shame this has still not been proof read. If i were Cilia or Bingo I'd be furious. Other than that, a great read for someone like me who was a young teen when the Mersey Sound first hit us. Unlike others, I didn't feel she demonstrated an overt ego. She worked darned hard and why shouldn't she admit to enjoying the fruits of that? As to the downright vicious reviews regarding betraying her working class roots and being a Tory, these obviously are written by those who are either jealous or have some sort of grudge. If like me you were a child of the 60's, you will enjoy beeing reminded of so many famous names, bands etc. Yes, Cilla does name drop but how could she not? An easy, enjoyable read by a star who is still a household name 50 years on. CAN SOMEONE PROOF READ THIS BOOK? In a world seemingly incapable of printing without error, this is the worst by far.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe how Cilla is on TV 25 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
In 1980, when Cilla had been off the TV for quite a long time, I saw her on a couple of Sunday nights at a theatre in Torquay (Billy Dainty was the opening act). She sang and chatted about her family. Afterwards, we stood outside the stage door and she so was lovely to everyone. Bobby stood by their cream Rolls Royce while she posed for endless photos and signed everything (always 'Luv Cilla'). She was SO nice.

She then appeared on Wogan a few years afterwards and became a superstar with Surprise Surprise and Blind Date. In the late 80's she did pantomime in Liverpool and a friend of mine was appearing in the show in The Toby Tubbs. He said she was horrible, she has lost the Liverpool accent and all this "lorra lorra, chuck" crap is all an act. She avoided the fans at the stage door and basically was not pleasant to be around.

Go forward to about 2010 and I spoke to a few air hostess friends of mine who have been unfortunate enough to be in 1st class when Cilla flies. They were all warned that they were not allowed to talk directly to Cilla and everything had to be done through her assistant who sat next to her. "Would Miss Black like a coffee" etc.

Don't believe the Cilla you see on TV. She is not a nice person at all and her refound fame went to her head I am afraid. Oh, and the book is crap.
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Very good read. just love Cilla, bless her. She has such a wonderful personality.
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Just like the TV series but better, well done Cilla
Published 2 months ago by R Biggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
From page one the words were spoken with ease by the lady herself. Couldn't put it down, one brilliant story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed reading it I couldn't put it down it was ...
Thoroughly enjoyed reading it I couldn't put it down it was just like having Cilla with me telling me about her life.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Pauline Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book (Ipad version) after watching TV series - Wife loved
Brough this book (Ipad version) after watching TV series - Wife loved it
Published 2 months ago by Paul Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Cilla the national treasure and part of my life with surprise surprise and blind date reveals her life and I love her more than I did before
Published 2 months ago by Carl Fewtrell
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