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My Take Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747588066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747588061
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A must-read for fans' -- Sunday Express

`Entertaining ... Barlow makes an unfailingly reliable narrator' -- Sunday Times

`Gary dishes the all the dirt on our favourite 90s boyband. An
absolute must for all hardcore Take That devotees' -- Heat

`This is an honest and down-to-earth read' -- Natasha Harding, The Sun

`Witty, likeable' -- New Statesman

From the Publisher

Gary Barlow's autobiography, a frank, revealing look at
behind-the-scenes of one of Britain's biggest bands by its lead singer. The
paperback is updated with the story of the comeback of all comebacks.

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Format: Hardcover
Well written page turner from Gary Barlow. This book is a real eye opener, I had always assumed that Gary was the boring one but NOT SO this book is full of gossip and revelations on Take That's rise to glory.

His comments on his Manager, Nigel Martin-Smith are absolutely hilarious! Gary has such a great sense of humour.

He talks about his personal life and his public life in a very honest way, the book includes some wonderful photos for Take That fans. Gary is not afraid to admit his faults along the way and I admire his honesty.

It is clear he is a committed family man and they in turn are totally devoted to him.

This book deals with his feelings about the current Take That revival which is proving to be a massive success.

Recommended reading - LONG OVERDUE FOR TAKE THAT FANS
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Format: Hardcover
I have to say what a thoroughly enjoyable read this book was. Although I was never a take that fan back in the 90's I was fascinated to read Gary's side of events after seeing him on Jonathan Ross, and also after watching the Take That Documentary at the end of last Year.

The book is an honest account of how things were in the Take That days, and the eventful lives they all lived at that time. Gary is also not frightened of highlighting mistakes he made and reflecting on how his actions may have led to some of the animosity between him and other band members.

It is very informative and a fascinating read. It is clear from reading the book that Gary is a very well grounded lad (which is understandable when you read about his early days performing on his organ in small working mens clubs) and although he likes his extravagances (Cheshires answer to Elton John...by his own admission!!) he truely has a well balanced understanding of the important things in life.

You can't help but warm to the guy and empathise with the struggle he went through after the break up of Take That, and the way the media tried their best to destroy him.

He has a very refreshing attitude to all that has gone on, good and bad in his life, and you get a real sense that writing the book has helped him to face his demons and finally put the past behind him.

A great read
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Format: Paperback
Admittedly I do have a bit of a soft spot for Gary Barlow, but this has only been since take that's 'rebirth' last year, as I was too young to appreciate the band the first time around. Yet that doesn't matter if you are a fan or not.

This book not only takes you on a tour of the bands highs and lows but the personal hurdles Gary has overcome too; good and bad.

I found myself smiling along with him, laughing with him, bracing myself during the tough moments...and when I came to the last page I didn't want it to end.

To sum, it has made me appreciate Gary Barlow as a song writer and a singer, as a performer and a band member, he is a marvel who desreves everything he has worked so hard for.
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Format: Hardcover
All I ever knew about Gary Barlow, was that he was the lead singer and songwriter in Take That, and that apparently he and Robbie Williams never got on. However, after reading this book I feel like I know everything about his life.

Gary has written this book so brilliantly and so honestly. He admits his mistakes and is honest about the people he works with. I couldn't put this book down and read it in less thank 2 weeks.

Gary leads us through his life and describes every event so well. When you read about how his life was after Take That split up, and how Robbie and the press tried so well to break him, it brings a tear to your eye.

There are also some halarious moments, where I had to put the book down and grab a tissue to wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes. This has got to be the best book I have ever read and I enjoyed reading it so much.

Gary also ends the book superbly with the last chapter, which is a real shock, quite unbelievable. He describes this last event so fantastically and once again, it brings a tear to your eye.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Gary Barlow, or just Take That.

Gary Barlow is a genius!!
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Format: Hardcover
Ok so I was a 'massive' Take That fan. What am I saying I still am, but for some reason I never liked Gary, yeah I know he was the 'real talent' and all that but still there was something that niggled me about him, his astounding yet kind of understated arrogance almost, if that make any sense at all. I just found him rather smug and reading this book it all makes perfect sense because, and by his own admissions he was, kind of. And after reading this book I know now why - he proper busted his guts in his youth and IS a really talented singer/songwriter. This book was not only a lovely read being given access to the behind-the-scenes of my favourite band it was a real insight into one man's real desire to write and sing songs. It shows what grafting he really did which set against an era of x-factors and pop idols shows how much more the original bands had to do to get themselves known and into the charts, let alone a string of number 1s.

Ultimately this is a story of one man's growth, the real high and real real lows.

He looses a star as he is reserved in his comments about certain people, knocking them down only to follow up with, 'but if it wasn't for him...' or 'I understand'. But lets face it this is Gary Barlow - he is at the end of the day a really NICE guy - he even says at one point about his kids reading it, you know as he's been writing it that he's had those he slates, his mum, dad and kids in the very forefront of his mind and just doesn't want to offend anyone, which lets face it isn't that big a crime.
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