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Anything Goes: The Autobiography
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on 11 August 2014
I enjoyed this book it was fast paced, with plenty of interesting stories. John's personality came out in the writing. Sometimes these type of stories can become very dry, but this didn't. Only thing I would say, and he said it himself at the beginning, he does jump around a bit from thing to thing and timeline. In the end I just ignored where it came chronologically and just enjoyed each story for itself. One other thing, and this is personal to me, I could have done without the swearing, but that wouldn't stop me reading the book. A good light read, for on holiday, or those times when you don't want anything heavy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2012
funny... heartfelt, like 'I am Who I Am' a must do read. Although in the spotlight he has never lost where is from and loves his family and keeps them close
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2008
A brilliant, well written book that will keep you in stiches! I loved this book- it gives insight into the life of John Barrowman with a personal twist. You feel like he is sitting with you on the sofa over a cup of tea telling stories of happy times- and a few sad ones too.
There are added comments at the foot of each page that will keep you smiling regardless of what the story is- there are some hard hitting truths told honestly that are a real eye opener to anyone who thinks John's had an easy life.
Overall I would describe the book as a masterpiece!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2013
This book shows the wonderful family lives of a close family of lovely people. This book is highly recommended and is an excellent read.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2008
I've always loved the gorgeous John Barrowman but I had no idea just how much he's done! Most people will know him for his recent excellent performance as Captain Jack in Torchwood but this guy has worked hard to get where he is now and I think he is only going to get bigger! Writen by his sister this is a refreshingly personal account of his life and very funny in places- some great photos too. I couldn't put this down and neither can my mum who's reading it now!
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on 6 October 2011
This is a great book, never boring, fast moving in a non-chronological format so you never know if your going to get an embarrassing childhood story, awkward teenage moment or a sexual encounter next.

Was laughing within the first few pages and continued to laugh all the way through. I've immediately purchased the sequel, if its half as good as the first it will be hilarious :P
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2008
A wonderful personal read, you feel as though you are hearing from the guy himself his life experiences. Very inspirational, he makes you think indirectly about your own life...he makes you question if you can do more to be happy and really go after your dreams. I found that this book was more influential and inspiring than some of those book written solely for that purpose.

All together a lovely fun read just like the man himself.. Thanks for sharing these stories with us John.. xxxx
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Have throughly enjoyed both of Johns books, i love his way of explaing certain words or things in the book by inserting a number beside it and then putting a definition at the bottom of the page, if you like john you will love his books, they are certainly very 'informative'. Certain to bring a smile to your face, whatever the weather! Great.
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on 1 February 2009
John Barrowman has appeared on our screens in various different guises from Captain Jack in Dr Who to dancing on ice. His autobiography, written with his sister, reflects his life till now. It will make you laugh and, in some places, maybe shed a little tear. He's a joker with a generous heart. Over all, an easy read but a good one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 1 March 2008
Just fabulous d-harling...and it really was just that! Thanks to John Barrowman and his sister Carole for writing such a wonderful heartwarming autobiography!

It's written with much of John's trademark humour and wit which makes it a lovely, enjoyable read on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea. There are also many pictures of John in the book from his childhood right through to his present day role as Captain Jack in "Torchwood." I was in absolute stitches with this book because of the hilarious footnotes at the bottom of each page. These are a lovely addition to an autobiography which is not written in a conventional style. It does not follow a timeline and this breaks away from the usual pattern of most biographies. Each chapter has a different title, usually a song title from one of the many musicals he's been in over the years. Each chapter covers a particular moment or moments in his life.

In all respects it's an honestly written book and he lays down the truth. He talks openly about his experiences as a gay man and of the musical theatre industry. It covers events in his life right up to the present day and his civil-partnership to longterm partner, Scott Gill.

The audio CD version is also equally as good and it's so nice to hear John talking about the stories of his life. It's like he's right next to on the sofa telling you himself. I've met John a few times and the book is written exactly as if he were talking to you himself. I'm glad that it was kept that way.

Ignore the negative reviews. If you want to read a book that's written from the heart then buy this. It'll have you laughing along all the way to the last page!

"Anything Goes" is beautifully bound in blue and silver and the front picture features a sweet picture of John smiling away like he does! I do wonder what plan-B will entail because it seems there's nothing this man cannot do...he sings, he dances, he acts and above all he's fabulous!
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