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on 23 November 2013
I do like to read a variety of genres and do like the occasional showbiz biography to have a nosey into the lives of the rich and famous and see if they're so different to the average person. I read Cheryl Cole's autobiography a few months ago-this wasn't really a book I would have rushed out to buy but I saw her on the Allen Carr Chatty Man show and she came over really well and I downloaded a sample of her book and it was really so much better than I thought it would be. Kimberley Walsh's autobiography came up in my recommendations and was on offer for an amazing .49p! What a fantastic read. I didn't know much about this member of Girl's Aloud but, on reading this book, I have learned what an amazing personality she is and I do admire her. She didn't just decide to audition for a reality TV programme-her and her brother and sister have all paid their dues in the showbiz world. They all showed promise in acting and performing and, from an early age went to a local theatre school. They have all been in children's TV programmes from an early age and Kimberley's sister used to be in 'Emmerdale'. Kimberley's mum is a piano teacher and her mum's mum and dad 'were both quite musical too' and, in Kimberley's words they 'eventually turned into a sort of Yorkshire version of the Von Trapps'. Things haven't always been easy for the family, her mum and dad split when Kimberley was just six, their house was nearly repossessed and her mum would always be thinking of ways to earn extra cash. One thing that comes across throughout the book is how grateful Kimberley is for her success, she is always marvelling at how far she has come, always thanking so much for how things have turned out, never taking it for granted, always keeping momentoes of her performances in scrapbooks. Many performers, after a few years would just take each new gig as 'just another one' but Kimberley puts so much importance on everything she does. A nice touch is that whenever she writes any swear words she writes the initial letter of a word but then puts asterisks for the remaining letters. Ok, most books these days have swearing in as a matter of course, realism etc but this just seems more ladylike and I'm glad she did it this way. Kimberley has kept loyal to her friends she made in childhood, never forgetting her roots. The book is well organised into chapters, it never rambles. What a great chapter about Kimberley, Cheryl, Gary Barlow and others climbing Kilimanjaro for comic relief. I never realised what was involved, it's not just 'climbing'. Many of them went through altitude sickness etc. and I had never thought about how they would go to the loo on an expedition such as this but this is all detailed extensively by Kimberley. It is a very honest book and she doesn't dish any dirt, she just mentions that Louis Walsh didn't really do much for Girl's Aloud as a manager and these chapters explain why, sometimes Girls Aloud live performances didn't always go according to plan. Not surprising with what they had to put up with trying to do things themselves and people putting the wrong backing track on! It really comes across that Kimberley is something of a perfectionist in her craft. There's just so much packaged into this book, it's a great read. It's a real credit to Kimberley, really well done, accurate. The only slight niggle is perhaps overuse of the phrase 'at the end of the day' but I really like her writing style-it feels like Kimberley is there with you, having a cosy chat over a cup of coffee. Very easy reading yet so much content. Highly recommended.