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Robbie by [Smith, Sean]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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'A fact-packed insight into his early life and his career so far...Sean Smith's account is colourful, revealing and very entertaining.' -- The Big Issue

About the Author

Sean Smith is a former columnist for a leading UK national newspaper who is fast becoming the country's leading celebrity biographer. He has written several bestselling books, the latest of which is Kylie Confidential (0743468015).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2560 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2T68W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I didn't have a good feeling about this book. Robbie gets terrible press these days an the papers always seem so negative about him. Seemingly ignoring the fact that he's still about the biggest star we have got! My fears were not realised. This book is a delight from start to finish.

Everything is covered - the drink, the drugs, the sex and the music. It has been sympathetically written, without being sickly-sweet. Smith writes in a nice, non-judgmental sort of way. It's as if Smith, had a smile on his face when he wrote it. How refreshing to find a writer who actually seems to like Robbie!

My favourite part is the childhood stories. Robbie is a mix betweeen 'Jack the Lad' and perhaps surprisngly, the sensitive flower. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time! At times the story is very moving. Being a fan of Take That, I was pleased to find all the Take That stuff is here and when you read it you want to go and give Gary and co a big telling off for being so mean to Robbie! He was a lot younger than them, which is something I never thought about at the time.

I didn't know much about his new wife, Ayda Field, so that's a big insight and nice to read something new about Robbie. I also found the story of this year's Brit Awards where Robbie performed a real eye-opener.

All in all, it was a pleasure to read from beginning to end and I would say that if you thought that you knew everything there is to know about Robbie then think again!
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By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
As a HUGE fan of Robbie Williams since the Take That days, I bought this book as soon as it came out. I have read and really enjoyed another biography by the same author so I had high expectations.
The book begins by taking the reader back to Robbie's childhood in Stoke-on-Trent - and Sean Smith obviously did his research: the anecdotes and stories about his school days and his early bid for stardom in musicals such as 'Oliver', as told by Robbie's friends, are both hilarious and, at times, very moving.
In describing his career, the author focuses on the often conflicting relationship between 'Robbie' the performer and 'Rob' (as his friends call him) the person. It was nostalgic to read about Take That and to reminisce over the pictures. It's easy to forget now that Robbie is so successful that he was only a kid when he joined the band and, to a certain extent, had to do his growing up in this false and bizarre environment. Perhaps it was inevitable that he should go off the rails a bit - and this book deals sensitively and sympathetically with this period of his life. The author is definitely on Robbie's side and delights in describing how he turned things around.
The detail is excellent - there are some great stories and first hand accounts. And what makes this book stand out from the usual sort of pop biography is that it is not just cobbled together from press cuttings in that throwaway style you see so often, but is really well researched and engagingly written - by someone who obviously has great admiration and respect for Robbie Williams. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This book was a very pleasant surprise. I half expected the usual tabloid trawl through Robbie’s life but instead found myself warming to a bloke I hadn’t really known before. I got the impression the author actually liked Robbie – or Rob as he calls him – and wasn’t pointing an accusing finger.
There are quite a few very funny stories I hadn’t heard before and some tearful moments too: Robbie cries when he sees his Dad in the front row when he played the Artful Dodger in Oliver!
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Format: Hardcover
I read Sean Smith's last book on Cheryl Cole and really enjoyed it so decided to give this a go although I am not much of a fan of Robbie Williams. I found myself fascinated by his life. A great story, well told.
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent biography. Anyone who likes Robbie Williams will love this book. A pleasant, touching and funny read. Its quite obvious that the writer admires his talent and persona. Seems well researched and gives you an real insight on Rob Williams, the lad from Stoke-on-Trent.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The attention to detail of Rob's life, plus his friends & family is astounding. Sean Smith's done another cracking biography!

One thing I look forward to in a biography is the early days. A time before fame & fortune, and inevitably, being door-stepped by the media. I've read two of the author's other biographies recently, and they are terrific. Once again, Sean Smith doesn't disappoint on his take of Robbie. The highs and lows are well written, and each part of Rob's life, and each chapter, flows seamlessly to the next part. Whether it's the stage, the band, the solo act, the relationships, or the rehab, it's interesting to read about it from an almost personal viewpoint. Many things and more about Rob's journey are clearly written, and great to read. I can't really say much more without all my reviews sounding strangely similar in some way. I don't think much is missed out. The photos compliment the chapters well, and I particular like the summarised milestones at the rear of the book. As well, there are a few facts & figures in places showing Rob's ups and down, whether in the chart positions, the sales, on tours, or in the contracts. The book isn't full of statistics by any means; I've only mentioned it because some biographies don't include them.

From cover to cover, it's filled with enough information to dispel some uncertainties, tie up loose ends, and provides a decent look at the man who's had his adult life in the limelight; however it's portrayed.
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