- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (24 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471101827
- ISBN-13: 978-1471101823
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 0.1 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For the first time she reveals all. More drama than in the soap, this is the memoir of a woman who has lived, loved and laughed - oh yes, and smoked a fag or two' --Andrew Ewart, the Sun
About the Author
June Brown, MBE is a British Actress, she still plays the role of Dot Cotton is the long-running BBC soap Opera EastEnders. She lives in Surrey.
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Unfortunately, despite me liking her as an actress, the book just doesn't meet the mark. It jumps around so much, leaving a lot of confusion with what she is saying.
One of the most disjointed books I have ever read I am afraid.
Ms. Brown gets excited about people using language and expressions incorrectly. How unfortunate then that the book includes errors such as referring to the skater Sonia Menie. In the descriptions of her hosts when performing in the Netherlands, she calls them "Herr" and "Frau": this would have been fine if they had been German but they were Dutch and in the early fifties especially, these were not considered terms of endearment.....
The period from 1960 until today, from many readers a time that would have been most interesting, is covered in FOUR pages. I had been looking forward to this book: what a missed opportunity!
Disappointed, as June Brown seems such a lovely lady. Oh well..........
When reading autobiographies of actors/actresses I sometimes find that they get rather wrapped up in lists of names and small incidents which mean nothing to the reader. Unfortunately this is one such autobiography. The first half of the book concentrated on June's early years which were quite interesting from a socially historic point of view - being a teenager in the war, family life between the two world wars and so on. Unfortunately once June left home and began to be interested in acting, the book went rather downhill. There seems to have been a tediously long list of boyfriends which involved minor escapades and lots of jumping into bed. To be honest this sort of thing is really only of interest to the person writing the book and not the reader. As June progressed to drama school and parts in the theatre both in this country and abroad the book rather degenerated further into a series of quite uninteresting incidents with a very long list of people that I have never heard of but the author seemed to think the reader would have. I found it all quite uninteresting.
Once June settled down with her first husband I began to understand why she had written the book. I am of the opinion that this was not written for the readers but more for herself. Her life with him was very difficult, especially in the last year before he took his life. He was obviously declining into some form of mental illness which caused them both a lot of distress. Had this happened now and not 50 years earlier then perhaps he would have received treatment and hopefully felt able to continue his life.Read more ›
Who was June with when Louise came along?
June has had an interesting life but the book jumps from subject to subject making it seem like a complete ramble throughout. The book came across as very disjointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good insight into Junes childhood and memories. Kept me entertained throughout . Awesome brilliant read. Well done June BrownPublished 1 month ago by loula
I felt a lot was missed out of this boo k ,calls for a sequel I think,would be nice to readPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a enjoyable read and I would recommend it .. The folk most interested would be Eastenders fans but anyone who likes to read just about celebritys would really enjoy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Mather
Not a great deal excitement happens before the word Dot but its an interesting read. I have a feeling it felt unfinished so we may get a part two. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mt b r thompson