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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781405688093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405688093
  • ASIN: 1405688092
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.1 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charmingly lurid memoir -- Daily Telegraph, February 2, 2008

Gossipy, fun and endlessly entertaining -- The Daily Record, February 2, 2008

"Multi-talented John Barrowman, the star of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, tells of behind-the-scenes celeb high jinks, hilarious memories and the sometimes moving story of his two decades of work in the film, TV, music and theatre industry in this open and entertaining autobiography" -- The Glasgow Herald, Jan 08

Anything Goes is a refreshingly honest, funny and engaging read that hooks readers from the opening chapter. -- Woman's Way Magazine (Ireland), Feb 08

John Barrowman is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold and this heart felt autobiography is no exception ...This is a charming read that really gives us insight into John Barrowman.
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Format: Hardcover
As a long-time fan of John, I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his autobiography. It seems an age ago that the announcement was first made. In reality, it was only last June. Imagine the lovely surprise then, when I arrived home from work yesterday, and there it was, my copy of the book, a whole week ahead of schedule!

First impressions are good. The front cover has a true-to life photo of John looking natural and very happy. Colour theme is blue and silver - his colours, and very classy.

The book is short - just 245 pages, so no room for wasted words! Many more pictures inside. And a final treat - on the back cover one of him as a boy, one as Captain Jack, and one of him in his bathers!!!!! At that stage, I melted all over the floor.

And so, at 11pm last night, I started to read. And I just HAD to finish in one go. Forgive me if I'm not making sense today; I turned the last page at 4am. I don't ever do well on two hours' sleep, as my family will testify. But maybe adrenaline is keeping me going, or perhaps some of John's legendary energy levels evaporated off the pages and into my brain, because I really don't feel too bad today.

In the introduction, John asks us to imagine that we're sitting in our pyjamas in the lounge of his Cardiff sitting room, sharing a drink, some music and the memories. That's almost an invitation isn't it??????

The book is divided into chapters, each named after a song from some of John's favourite musicals. So themes such as "Being Alive", "Live, Laugh, Love" and "High, Flying Adored" very aptly set the scene for what is to come.

The events described in the book are not arranged in chronological sequence, but as a series of reminiscences.
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I think all the reviews to date have simply voted for or against the man. I think the book is actually more entertaining than the critics state, and less revellatory and angst-wridden than the 5-stars want to see. I think its just a vaguely interesting tale, written honestly and in the main in good humour. Noone can doubt the hardwork and effort that it takes to get all the way from Glasgow to Cardiff via the US and the West End. but in simple, autobiographical terms - it aint up there with the greats. and why should it be - he's a musical theatre leading man who wrote it himself (aided by his sister). nevertheless it IS entertaining and endearing. Its impossible to read this and not like the man and his family. May be in another 10 years, and with a little more depth to all the major areas covered including his west end break and his time on the couch with the good lord, it would rate higher. by the way - buy it for you mum. i guarantee that ALL mums will like it. RC
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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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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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Knowing very little about John Barrowman other than his work in Doctor Who and Torchwood, this helped me learn much more about him and his life. I had no idea that he was so cheeky! He really has had an extraordinary life, and he recalls it in such an entertaining fashion. I laughed a lot while reading this. And though it concentrates a LOT on musical theatre - which I know zilch about - it didn't matter. It was entertaining anyway. Too short, though.
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A very engaging read, John's humour and warmth come through. Unlike other bio's there is no mud slinging , it contains some lovely picture's.If you are an avid reader of all of john's interviews then you will have read some of the content before
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This was a wonderfully easy book to read, and the style sounds just like John does when he talks, so kudos to Carole for keeping it like that. The chapter titles are a lovely touch, and I loved the little 'asides' as footnotes.

It's not great literature, but it's an enjoyable and easy read. Within it's genre I would view it as being right up there at the top.

The only thing I didn't like was the timeline jumping around, I found that frustrating, but maybe that's partly the historian in me wanting my books to follow a straight timeline.
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just wanted to thank amazon for the prompt delivery of my john barrowman book i don't think i've ever had a better book to read

unlike the other reviewer i have never met john well not yet anyway or heard any of the storys before so i love them

i love the way he put's little explanations of the words or what he's on about underneath

i know it's not a good review but i'm only up to chapter seven so give me chace
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