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Graham Norton Laid Bare: The Unofficial Biography Hardcover – 2 Sep 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; First Edition, First Impression edition (2 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233051031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233051031
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,760,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Best Personality Award at the Comedy Awards 2001, Graham Norton is one of British television's most successful and popular personalities.

About the Author

Alison Bowyer is a top show business journalist who has worked for national newspapers for many y ears. She started working on Fleet Street at the age of 19, as a reporter working on the Sunday Mirror and the Mail on Sunday. She later joined the staff of the Sun as a feature writer before going freelance in 1990. She is a regular contributor to numerous national newspapers and magazines, writing about some of the biggest names in show business. She has also written the biography of Noel Edmonds and Delia Smith.

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Format: Paperback
There is not yet any autobiography of Graham Norton, nor any authorised biography. This book is limited by the fact that it was not written in co-operation with its author. This does not mean it is critical of him, quite the reverse, it is almost hagiographic. However it does give us a clear picture of the man and his life story. The sources are limited - the latter part of his career is documented from press cuttings and photo's, whereas the early part of his life is cobbled together from interviews with a very small number of friends and other sources. It is usually possible to tell where every quote originates (for example the description of Norton's home town Bandon as a lush and green can only have come from the Bandon tourist office, credited at the front of the book). The book does benefit from candid interviews with two of Graham's former boyfriends, and it is to Norton's credit that he is held in high esteem by these people even after the break-up of these relationships. This is very easy to read and gives a few interesting insights into the private life of this very public man.
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Format: Paperback
As a fan of Graham Norton, I found this book interesting, in that there was a lot of information about then man himself. The writing though, let itself down badly. There is no indication that the author ever met him or any of his family, so there are no amazing revelations. It's repetitive, with phrases repeated ad nauseum (play the "enemy of the people" quote game - fun for all the family!) Only buy this book if you are a die-hard fan of the Graham Norton and require a summer read that can be put down and left behind on the beach.
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Im a huge fan of Graham and wanted to know more about him. Even though Graham doesn't really endorse this book for understandable reasons it's still very fascinating to read.
His life has been like a a roller-coaster, from his battle to find his sexuality to his attack to being what he is now. It's all interesting to read!
The interviews were also a very good part of the book. I never wanted to put the book down!
The only slight critasism is the way the author tended to repeat alot of the stuff and it got a little tedious.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantasic (if unofficial) account of Grahham Nortons life. It talks to his friends and relatives about the kind of Graham they know and love. Many say different things but a lot of it comes down to the same point. What a witty and charasmatic character he is. He comes accross in his book the same as he does on Television, fun, camp, honest, slightly bitchy, but all the same a wonderful person.
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Amazon.com: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read, but limited 5 Aug. 2003
By D. M. Farmbrough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is not yet any autobiography of Graham Norton, nor any authorised biography. This book is limited by the fact that it was not written in co-operation with its author. This does not mean it is critical of him, quite the reverse, it is almost hagiographic. However it does give us a clear picture of the man and his life story. The sources are limited - the latter part of his career is documented from press cuttings and photo's, whereas the early part of his life is cobbled together from interviews with a very small number of friends and other sources. It is usually possible to tell where every quote originates (for example the description of Norton's home town Bandon as a lush and green can only have come from the Bandon tourist office, credited at the front of the book). The book does benefit from candid interviews with two of Graham's former boyfriends, and it is to Norton's credit that he is held in high esteem by these peopele even after the break-up of these relationships. There are quite a few basic grammatical errors, (which could be considered the editor's fault rather than Bowyer's), and Bandon Grammar School is referred to as a Grammer school. Careless mistakes aside, this is very easy to read and gives a few interesting insights into the private life of this very public man.
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