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A Book Too Many? Not Yet...,
This review is from: That's Me in the Corner: Adventures of an ordinary boy in a celebrity world (Paperback)You'd be forgiven for now knowing who Andrew Collins is, as by his own admission he doesn't consider himself a celebrity. Yet he has written for the Brit Awards, Eastenders, Not Going Out, Clive James and Family Affairs, not to mention hosted his own TV Shows, radio shows and podcasts.
His first book, Where Did it All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal in the 70s, presented itself as anti-self help books, to show that there are people who didn't grow up tortured by their own parents. Now in later life, Collins again writes in the style of someone to whom good things just happen.
If, like me, you are a child of the 70s and 80s and have grown up with the NME, Select Magazine, Britpop, and all the scenes that go with them, then you will enjoy a lot of this book. There is plenty of behind-the-scenes nostalgia from his time with fellow upstarts as John Yorke (Eastenders Supremo), Steve Lamacq, Stuart Maconie and others.
It isn't Collins' style to dish the dirt, so anyone expecting juicy gossip from back in the day will be disappointed.
Other reviews suggest that this is a book too far for Collins. I disagree, I think his second book was unnecessary. It's certainly the case that leading lights far brighter than Collins have condensed far more years into just one book, but in an age of celebrity literature, it's reassuring that some writers are capable of writing funny stuff, even if they don't consider themselves celebrities.