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The Incredible Shrinking "Bird of a Feather"
on 9 March 2012
After recently reading extracts from this book in the Daily Mail I was very keen to read the whole thing and I have to say, that for me, it doesn't disappoint in the slightest!!
"Where Have I Gone" never set out to be a full Autobiography of Pauline's career, as it is (as it says on the cover) covering the past year of her life when she managed to lose a lot of weight on the LighterLife programme, as (by her own admission) she needed to take drastic action as her health was suffering. As one reviewer has mentioned, the beginning of the book starts out as something of a journal/daily food diary, but as you read on you'll discover that (again by her own admission) Pauline was not exactly great at keeping a diary so it went by the wayside (and at the time she was also heavily involved with storylines on Emmerdale, so that's probably another reason the diary stopped).
Basically, the book covers her weight loss over the period of a year, from the realisation that she needed to do something about it (the plane and seatbelt scenario) to the joyful moment months later when she'd finally lost 6/7 stones and burst into tears when the plane seatbelt finally managed to do up!! (doesn't sound a big deal, but for Pauline it very much was!!). The book is also peppered with little anicdotes from her varied career, with stories about 'Birds of a Feather', how she began acting (after school with the Anna Scher drama group) and more recently her stint as 'Hazel Rhodes' on Emmerdale. As you read the book you can really hear Pauline's voice leaping off each page as it's written exactly how she would speak (if that makes sense). "Where Have I Gone" is an emotional, funny, heart-warming and inspirational book which gives an insight into one of our best loved british actresses as she goes on a journey of self discovery and changes her life for the better, which goes to prove that if you put your mind to something then you can achieve ANYTHING!! A truly BRILLIANT read and I highly recommend it!!
And don't forget that the 'Birds' are now back on the road!!!!.... [...]