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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
Wow! I do not know where to begin.....As a Palliative Care Nurse - worked for Marie Curie CC for many years....Also I am a Mother, Sister, Auntie etc....I can see Bernie's book from so many sides! I have followed the Nolan's since I was a little girl - singing and copying every dance move to my vinyls in my bedroom @ my parents home - my Mam became a big fan cos I played their music so much! From seeing the girls in concert in 1981, having the pleasure of meeting them then and many times after...including their 2009 reunion tour.... I have felt they were part of my everyday life!
I have followed ALL their career paths, individually and collectively and I have cried...and laughed...with every event...good and bad...life has thrown at them. However, Bernie's journey has touched me the most....if ever anyone deserved a miracle it is Bernie....her zest for life and her sadness that she will not see Erin grow older is heartbreaking! Her love and devotion for Steve and Erin shines like a beacon throughout her book and her unconditional love for ALL her siblings is crystal clear. I am very very sad that Bernie's cancer could not be treated this time and her journey in this life is coming to an end :-( I salute you for you courageous, dignified battle to live....you are an inspiration and role model to us ALL....thank you for all the years we have been lucky and privileged to have had you in our lives...thank you for the music...but most of all...thank you for being YOU!
God Bless you Bernie, when God finally calls you home...we will miss you...but you will be one of the nicest, most beautiful Angels in Heaven.... xxxx
Please God give Erin, Steve, her sisters and ALL her family the strength they will need....xxxx
God Bless you all....
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I have followed Bernie journey first as part of the Nolans, then in Brookside and especially the last few years fighting like a trouper so publicly against the evil cancer that seems so determined to take her from her loving family and the world she so clearly enjoys being such a vibrant part of - I was truly gutted for her when I read in the papers that she was losing her war but my god she certainly has won many a battles with it, never have I been so moved as I have been by a book clearly written by Bernie (and her husband towards the end) herself - unlike many of these 'celebrity' titles - this one really does come from the heart. She has shown and especially in this book that she truly is a one of lifes troupers - you will laugh, smile and you will certainly cry when you read this book - I read it in one go and couldn't put it down, I've now given it to my friend - try it you wont regret it AND you might just feel differently about what really matters to us all because her will to live despite all the odds stacked against her are awe inspiring - Bernie if you ever read this - or your family do - I salute you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
Wonderful.

What a wonderful woman Bernie was. I used to be a fan of the Nolan sisters- I even had their album of greatest hits with 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing', and 'Who's Gonna Rock You' etc. on. It's been nice to see the various sisters pop up on TV in recent years, eg. Coleen on Loose Women, This Morning and Dancing On Ice and Bernie in The Bill. I was very sad to hear about Bernie's fight with breast cancer a few years ago, also of her sisters Anne and Linda already having fought this dreadful disease. I decided to leave reading this book a few months after Bernie had passed away rather than reading straight away. I'm so glad Bernie decided to write this and what a remarkable job she did. It's very cleverly written-it feels like she's just sat there having a conversation with you, telling you about her life. It's so honest, she tells everything just like it was.This book is not all doom and gloom, it's a real celebration of all her life and tells of her early life, the beginnings of the sisters' singing career, where they've gigged and who they've met celebrity-wise over the years. So many achievements yet told with no boasting at all, just a genuine joy for life and love for all she's been able to achieve with her music and acting. The writing is so easy to read without any exhaustive descripions/scene setting etc, no unnecessary stuff. She just starts telling her life story and you just want to listen and read and read in one sitting. Bernie's husband Steve has written a final chapter to finish off her book and this is also very well done. The book includes numerous photos of Bernie and all her family. So glad I read this and it left me speechless when I had finished it. What a wonderful momento for Bernie to have left her family and everyone who reads this.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2013
Laughed, cried and cried again.....such a wonderful insight into the life of Bernie and her family, one in which the love for each other shines through. Thank you Bernie and Steve for sharing this with the public....and thank you for the music x

Sadly I have just heard the news that Bernie lost her battle for life on 4th July 2013. RIP Bernie and thanks for the memories
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
Such an excellent read from start to finish.Would recommend to anyone.Very moving and sad to think she is dying early.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2013
What a special lady you are..... once I started reading your book I couldn't put it down. Felt like your voice was reading this to me. What a fabulous life you have had with wonderful family and friends. Everybody should read this book and realise how precious life is.... much love Bernie Nolan xxxx
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2013
Having been diagnosed with breast cancer myself last May, I was a tad reluctant to read this, but I'm glad I did. Bernie has always been my favourite Nolan, I was devastated when I read that her cancer was back and incurable. This book is not just about that, it's funny, ballsy, honest and I loved her reaction to the cancer, to fight it with every fibre of her being, which was, and is, my response. I hope and pray with every ounce of my being, that she IS the miracle girl who recovers and can continue to be with her lovely husband and daughter, for many more years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2013
The saddest book I have ever read.

For anyone to write an autobiography, knowing they have such a short time to live, must be heart breaking. Bernie is so brave and to put down in words, the pain and emotions she is experiencing, and what her husband and daughter are also going through is horrendous.

I bought this book at 7pm and couldn't go to bed until I had finished it. But it is a truly sad story x
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2013
What a truly amazing life , you have shared so much in this with so many , no doubt inspiring so many as well . Thank you for making me laugh cry and hiccup !! A truly lovely family , a daughter to be proud of and a husband who is worth a million , yourself someone who has given so much to everything A true lovely genuine lady and its been a pleasure and honour to read a truly remarkable life keep fighting and always look for the sunflower at the end of the rainbow xx
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on 29 December 2013
This book is so fast it leaves you breathless. It races through a childhood festooned with good and bad, tears and laughter, and disbelief. A career of singing with her sisters and solo racing around the British club scene, working clubs and television. Through teenage crushes, her sex life, failed romances, marriage and motherhood to illness, disease and finally death. It is a heart felt story that cannot fail to move you in some way or another. This isn't necessarily a sad story rather celebration of a full life. Bernie Nolan is a hugely lucky lady who has experienced a full diversity of living life to the absolute full. She fought cancer unsuccessfully, just as I am, knowing too that it is a battle I will ultimately lose.
She has a story to tell that doesn't dwell too long on any one aspect of it. But slips easily from one area into the next seamlessly. This makes for an easy read that wants you to keep turning pages until you can find a suitable rest, however there is nowhere to rest so you just have to keep turning those pages. You won't regret buying this book for many reasons one of which is the feeling of hope you get all the way to the end and its nice that Bernie 's husband brings you right up to date.
Bernie Nolan was taken too soon by cancer, just as many cancer patients are. I read this and found it gave me a little comfort, a few smiles and much hope.
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