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Rolling Back The Years,
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I was a very enthusiastic purchaser of this book and I doubt if anyone values this signed edition more than me. It certainly did not disappoint and I cannot recall enjoying reading a book more. This story kept my attention all the way through and is full of interesting bits of information. Seeing as I do not read gossip magazines or tabloid newspapers there was lots to learn here. In the early days I was really into Girls Aloud and I just assumed they were very professional. I was amazed to read that at that time the band were effectively in a shambolic state and the girls were out every night getting up to all sorts of debuachery. If you thought this story would be a repeat of the cd sleevenotes and contain pats on the back all round than you would be mistaken because there are measured criticisms of her fellow bandmates all the way through but I'm guessing that they have been given approval beforehand by those concerned. My gut feeling is that this story is a reasonably honest account of events but there is one incident I find a bit difficult to believe. That was when a very young Kimberley and her family were travelling to Manchester to attend an audition and the Rover in which her mother was driving crashed into a wall and caught fire. The occupants of the vehicle clambered out of the wreckage and calmly continued their journey to Manchester via other means of transport. Surprise surprise Kimberley got the part probably after getting the sympathy vote. You cannot underestimate the value of good parents and her mother certainly knew how to get results. I am not usually a photos person but I certainly did like the collection of snaps she has included in here. If you are reading this sometime Kimberley I have got a lot empathy for you when you lament about your parents shouting and bawling at each other all the time because it sounds like my upbringing. The only slight negative remarks I have about this book is my opinion that although Kimberley is obviously an attractive young woman a cover picture of her with a more serious expression similar to her mate Cheryl would surely have sold this book many more copies. The story also contains a considerable amount of spelling and grammer mistakes and does not appear to have proof read maybe in a rush to get it out for the pre-Christmas market. I can certainly live with that though to read such a great book. I know there are many books similar to this available these days but this one is a shining star indeed.