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Essex Boy: My Story by [Norcross, Kirk]
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An honest, cheeky and charming autobiography of the popular star of The Only Way Is Essex.

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One of the original cast members of the award-winning reality series The Only Way is Essex, Kirk is often portrayed as the good-looking rich kid, splashing out thousands on bottles of champagne and dating glamorous women like Amy Childs and Lauren Pope. But there's a lot more to Kirk, and the reality is that the first eighteen years of his life tell a very different story - one he is only now ready to reveal. A childhood marred by poverty, as Kirk moved between a hostel and a council house on a tough estate, left him suffering from panic attacks and crippling self-doubt. Reconciling with his dad, by now a millionaire, thrust him into a very different world - one with its own set of challenges. Opening up for the first time about the two sides of his Essex life, Kirk also tells us about his rise to fame on TOWIE, his much-followed romances, and who his real friends are.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Main Market Ed. edition (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUOA3MK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is very open and honest..well worth a read..I personally think pictures of his family would of made it more interesting.
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Was a good read even if you're not a fan of towie
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What you see is what you get with Kirk, not the sharpest tool in the box, but with a cheeky charm, hard to resist. However when you read about his upbringing and how it has left mental and psychological scars manifesting itself in social anxiety, you just end up liking him more. An easy read for Towie fans. Would recommend this as an enjoyable read.
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Great book for fans was interesting to hear about Kirk and his life. You get the impression he craves a family of his own to make up for the one he lost when his parents separated. As a mum of two I hope he doesn't rush into having kids with the wrong woman as fatherhood may be disappointing if he does. Let's hope his dreams come true as he seems like a good bloke. His dad wasn't there in kirks past but definitely shaped his future.
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I loved this book. I have been a fan of TOWIE from the start and am not ashamed to say I love it, less so after the most recent series which was abysmal, but the previous series had me hooked. I liked Kirk from the very beginning and felt that he was one of the characters that always felt the most real, it didn't seem like he was acting or playing up (much) and I thought he came across fantastically well. The same is true in this book, he is very honest, doesn't hold back and comes across as such a nice person.

I naively thought that Kirk had grew up like most of the TOWIE lot, with a privileged lifestyle and well off parents. Well, the opposite is true. I was shocked to learn that Kirk grew up in a broken home, moving from council house to near homelessness and then onto a hostel. His mum appears to have done everything she could to look after her kids, however his dad didn't seem to help out in the way that you would expect a father to do. Kirk says how he still doesn't understand why his father was like this. One Christmas he says about how they ran out of electricity and gas and how for four days over Christmas they sat in a freezing cold house. He also speaks about growing up in the rough area of Essex, the area that we never see on TOWIE. I'm sure most people just assume Essex is a glamorous place as that's certainly what the show sets out to portray.

Kirk speaks very openly about his childhood and teenage years and about the stuff he got up to as a kid. He was a proper little tearaway but at that age and in that situation there wasn't much else he could have got up to. But underneath it all he comes across as a lovely person.
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Could not put this book down, a really good read. Full blown honesty and at times i got a little teary reading it
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By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2016
Format: Hardcover
This is an enjoyable and touching autobiography of a young star of The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE). TOWIE is a constructed-reality TV show. This autobiography is a real-life story.

The first part describes Kirk Norcross’s difficult childhood with a father who deserted the family, leaving his mother to bring up him and his elder brother. Later, the relationship with his father is restored and at 18 he starts to work for him. By then his father has become a wealthy businessman.

The second part describes his involvement with TOWIE and the behind-the-scenes reality. This is followed by his leaving TOWIE, an episode in Celebrity Big Brother and his return to TOWIE. He describes his ups and downs as he is ensnared in the celebrity culture. The title “Essex Boy” is apposite. To quote Kirk Norcross in this book: “. . . the only way for me really is Essex – whether it’s Brentwood or Grays”. Brentwood is the affluent backdrop to TOWIE; Grays is the world of his childhood.

This book is a good read due to the confluence of Kirk Norcross’s openness to tell his own story and the writing skills of Emma Donnan, who shares the book’s copyright and is thanked in the Acknowledgements for her help in “. . . putting my story into words.”
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Great story read this in 2 days! Couldn't put it down! Very interesting reading about how tough kirks life was growing up and before towie
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