That's Me in the Corner: Adventures of an Ordinary Boy in a Celebrity World Paperback – 3 May 2007
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'Film critic Andrew Collins takes us on an amusing journey of how
he got to where he is today - from working in a supermarket to sipping
champers with the stars. Entertaining from start to finish.'
-- Hot Stars, 5 May 2007
'all recounted in a wittily self-deprecating style. As good an
insight into magazine life as you'll get.' -- Q Magazine, June 2007
Self-deprecating tale of an ordinary man's life in the celebrity bear pit - from the Sunday Times-bestselling authorSee all Product Description
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The focus here is work related, very little about relationships, marriage, family etc and it would have been nice to have a flavour.
He writes with ease and with a wry look at himself and the people around him and never takes himself seriously. It's astonishing that someone can have produced a three-part biography at the age of forty without being overly famous!
If I met him in a pub, I'd buy him a pint because I feel I've known him all his life and that is the essence of his books, you feel you have grown up with him.
As an admirer of his work at, variously but by no means exclusively, Radio 1 (with Stuart Maconie), Q (as both editor and otherwise), Empire, Radio 4 and Word Magazine, not to mention co-writing the best BBC1 sit-com in years "Not Going Out", I have been looking forward to reading for the story behind the scenes with some patience.
And thankfully Andrew has not disappointed. I intended this to be my Bank Holiday Weekend reading, but, able to put it down but not wanting to, I finished it by Saturday evening. And as this volume brings matters up to date, I was forced to conclude that a further book was unlikely to be forthcoming by Bank Holiday Monday.
I loved it. Great read. Very funny. What am I going to read now ?
That's Me In The Corner is neatly bookended by Andrew's ruminations on the nature of his existence - which is a universal question most of us consider at some point or other. (The nature of our existence not Andrew's.) I understand the theoretical benefits of training to be a doctor. It's not that I have anything to offer the world of medicine, but being a doctor is a role that society understands. Much like Andrew I have taken on a variety of jobs in my life - we are both 'can-do' people - which have served us well, but lacked suitable shorthand to explaining our place in the world.
I've never worked for the NME, Select or Q, but I've always read these magazines. I have worked in business publishing though, so it was interesting to read about the similarities and differences between styles of magazine. Having written reviews myself I was intrigued by Andrew's thoughts on the writing of such things. His generosity is displayed by the fact that he gave The Mission's Carved In Sand album 8/10. I wonder what he thinks of God's Own Medicine - surely the true jewel in The Mission's crown?Read more ›
Highly readable for the most part, however, particularly in his attempts to break into the music press (a dream shared by many who grew up in the 70s regarding the NME as a Bible which arrived in weekly instalments), and worth the admission price for that alone.
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I was given this book along with other autobiographies as part of a study of the genre and I didn't have a clue as to who Andrew Collins was whereas all the other authors were... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Son Of The Rock
The cut-outs of famous celebs on the cover seem to pitch the book in the same bracket as Piers Morgan's tabloid memoirs, which had a similar design. Read morePublished on 1 July 2010 by Mr. C. Morris
You'd be forgiven for now knowing who Andrew Collins is, as by his own admission he doesn't consider himself a celebrity. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2010 by A. Marczak
So, the secret is out: you don't need talent and experience to make it in the world of the media, and Andrew Collins should know. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2010 by Jl Adcock
This is the 3rd book in the series about Andrew's life and brings us (almost) up to date. It's another very enjoyable, well written, interesting and funny look at his mainly... Read morePublished on 28 April 2009 by Mrs. L. C. Miller
Basically just a list of Andrew Collin's jobs.
Thrill as Andrew has two weeks off from editing Q with the flu! Read more
I was really disappointed in this, after thoroughly enjoying Andrews other books. I think it's because he moved away from music (and therefore musical references) and into comedy. Read morePublished on 22 July 2008 by DSH
I loved this book. I hadn't read his first two before buying 'That's Me in the Corner' - it didn't matter. Read morePublished on 3 May 2008 by Amelie Austin