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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!
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not yet finished this read but I am finding it very interesting finding out about Robbie's early existence and journey.Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Ann Errington
The recipient was delighted with this book on Robbie Williams. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes Robbie Williams,Published on 9 Jan. 2014 by sandy53
Thourily enjoyed reading every bit of this book.. the best book I've read in ages. What more is there to say..Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by JAW.
I purchased Robbie as a birthday gift for my friend and she was absolutely delighted with it and advised that it is a fantastic read.
Pauline in Glasgow
A compeling read for all true Robbie fans. An account of Robbies life from the very start to the present day, The book gives an insight into Robs world. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2011 by 60's child
THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENTLY WRITTEN IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROBSTER WELL THINK AGAIN
BRILLIANTLY RESEARCHED AND JUST A BRILLIANT BOOK FOR ANY AVID... Read more
I bought this for my grand daughter who is a Robbie fan and she enjoyed reading it very much.Published on 7 Nov. 2009 by S. A. Humphries
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