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Upfront, Personal and Fascinating!
on 1 May 2009
There are those who say that your life is mapped out for you before you are even born and whoever sealed Coleen Nolan's fate certainly gave her an interesting, varied and challenging life! I confess I am a Nolan's fan and as I live not far from Blackpool, I remember Coleen as a child star and occasional local tv presenter. I think Coleen's story is one of the best celebrity autobiographies I have ever read! I just couldn't wait to read it and found it a real page turner, even if you are not a fan. Coleen tells it warts and all but she is an example to over 40s everywhere: she has fought and won her life long weight loss battle, carved out a new career and family life after a very public humiliation following the breakdown of her marriage to Shane Richie and her ultimate challenge and success, Dancing On Ice.The writing style engages the reader and you almost want to know what happens next even though most people are aware of Coleen's life as a Nolan, her stint on This Morning and more recently as a Loose Woman.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it over three sessions. It does focus mainly on Coleen herself but brings you up to date with the other Nolans, male and female and the traumas that they have faced in life from Alzheimer's to breast cancer. Similarly, there is no effort to hide the less pleasant aspects of family life such as sisterly arguments which I would like to think could be resolved over time. Coleen comes across as a very gutsy lady who has made some shrewd financial decisions but she has certainly earned her pay. She may have had some very fortunate breaks in the course of her career but who knows what fate has in store? Let's hope it takes her to greater heights.