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Essex Boy: My Story Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.”
Most recent customer reviews
Great book, but disappointed in the condition it arrived in seen as it was supposed to be brand new. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lewis F
Love TOWIE and live in the area Kirk grew up so was interested in his story. Book was ok and I did stick with it, but I think that was mainly because most of what he wrote about... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tracey
Kirk is Kirk
You assume from tv/social media that he had an easy life, everything handed to him... WRONG!
Never judge a book by its cover, what a story.