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2.0 out of 5 stars More guarded than you might be led to believe this is weak by Bower's standards, 11 May 2012
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This review is from: Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell (Hardcover)
Following on from last year's rather good Bernie Ecclestone biography, Bower's effort to capture the life of Simon Cowell is a bit of a damp squib. The only revelations of note are those involving Danni Minogue and it generally lacks much info from the man himself except in the first chapter which is typical Bower "day in the life of" reportage style that I enjoy as an exercise that brings you into the world of Cowell.

The rest is pretty standard biography fair, that struggles to make much of an impact because Cowell appears to have had a fairly straight forward career progression, except for his bankruptcy that was solved with a simple family bail out.
There are no magic twists, or astounding sagas of adversity that he overcame or life affirming incidents, just an account of a man who worked hard, was persistent and was lucky to not fall to any prevailing circumstances.

This could have been a great book, but despite claims of spending large amounts of time with Cowell, apart from the first chapter, his contribution is minimal. I was looking forward to him mouthing off about Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and reflections on x-factor/pop idol contestants with a bit of grandstanding thrown in. However apart from Danni Minogue there is very little passing comment from Cowell on anyone of note.

Overall it is a very boring book that is basically a tale of vanity. I do not feel it provides the intimate insight I was hoping for and Cowell will remain an enigma for many people despite reading this.
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