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The World According to Joan by [Collins, Joan]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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This book is sure to become invaluable to many a lady out there. (My Weekly)

Funny, fierce and not for the faint-hearted. (Sainsbury's Magazine)

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Joan Collins is a crowning jewel among national treasures. (The Lady)

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A window on to the world of Joan Collins, international icon and national treasure, in her own words.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1198 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RYLU5S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't think I'd say I'm a fan of Joan Collins, but I do think she looks pretty damn good and she always comes across as a feisty lady, which I admire.
I saw the book on offer and thought it would be a fun read so I thought I'd treat myself.

It wasn't as fun as I was expecting. I liked parts of the book, however Joan did seam to get a bit preachy in places and I did feel like shouting "calm down Joan!!".
In one part of the books, she talks about manners and how they are disappearing, which I agree with. She then says how she met someone (I won't say who as it may spoil the story) who went to kiss her on the cheek and she said "I don't kiss people I don't know!" Which I found a rude thing for her to do.
Then in another chapter she talks about a friend of her's who "only" got £20 million in a divorce settlement. How did she possibly cope!

The book could also do with a proofread as a few errors, which are a little annoying.

Overall it was OK, just can be a little annoying in places, but a fun easy read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book yesterday, I couldn't put it down. I agree with everything she wrote and I shall try and take on board her beauty and health tips as I would love to look as good as her when I get to her age. An inspirational woman.
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this little book,Joan is so witty and plain speaking,and i totally agree with alot of what she say's.a good read!
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This isn't a learned or profound book. It's just our Joan, with her take on life and the world in general, and from perhaps a privileged viewpoint that the rest of us can only dream about. And yet there's a down-to-earthness about her too, plus a refreshing lack of political correctness which is quite endearing. It's more a random collection of thoughts and memories, rather than a full autobiography, and much of her own life has been airbrushed out of this book. A certain coyness comes across about her age. But then, her age is her age, and she probably wishes everyone would just stop going on about it. And why don't we? Male stars and celebrities just don't get hassled or scrutinised in nearly the same way with regard to their age, as their female equivalents do. I admire her, not really for her acting which I don't think has ever been truly great, but because she keeps on keeping on, and beneath all the glamour, she's a tough woman who refuses to give up. I enjoyed this book.
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I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book, but the author's cheery face on the cover made the difference. I didn't regret it! The cover promises "an irreverent and light-hearted look at modern life", and that's pretty much what you get inside. Although each of the nine chapters looks as if it might originally have been published as a standalone magazine article, there is no corresponding acknowledgement on the flyleaf, so perhaps Joan whipped them up especially for us! The chapters are on Fame, Children, Glamour, Modern-day Travel, Men ("Can't Live with 'Em, Can't Kill 'Em..."), Manners, Ageing, Food, and Values ("Wha's Dat?") Quite a good range of topics, and she has some interesting and amusing things to say about each.

Ladies will find a certain amount of talk about clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, etc. - but not enough to upset those less interested in such things. As for gossip, there's plenty although very little of it (if any at all) could be called malicious or even negative. Joan really does seem to have a good word for everyone, within reason. And why be catty, after all, when she can reminisce about her good friends such as Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman? I thought the high point of the whole book is when she describes walking into a Hollywood party many years ago, and coming across Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Newman sitting in a row on a sofa! If you're going to drop names, why not go with the best?
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I have been a fan of Joan Collins for 25 years. She's one of the few celebrities left from an era when talent, glamor, grace, sophistication, and high fashion were required standards for earning the title "star." Joan still embodies all of those qualities. This book is a welcomed breath of fresh air written by a true lady who has earned the right to tell it like it is. Her candor,wit,and courage to speak her mind captivated me and kept me turning the page. Joan brings to the page many of the things I feel about today's world and presents her views in an entertaining and classy manner. "The World According to Joan" is by far the best book I have read from my favorite actress!
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Was a bit disappointed in this - I expected a bit more from Joan but it wasn't too far away from her other books. Always entertaining but I'm not sure Joan is in touch with the real world. Would love to have lunch with her, and maybe go shopping with her and take her style advice though
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Eloquent and concise, Joan holds forth on all manner of subjects. Nostalgically bemoaning the demise of the standards which prevailed in the days of her youth, it's unlikely many people of a certain age will disagree with most of what she says. No doubt, most younger readers would get out the violins but that's only to be expected.

The absence of discipline leading to an erosion of respect among children who demand everything as a right and appreciate nothing. The indifference of a junk food society to their obesity and its attendant health risks, no doubt taking comfort from the fact that the majority of those around them are on the same road to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, so why should they care? The demise of style, pride, romance, manners, restraint, real men (cue, undisguised, swooning adoration of George Clooney). Joan has an opinion on all of this and more.

When an 80 year old woman looks as good as Joan Collins, then maybe her advice on diet, exercise and skin care is worth taking on board when you see the end product. As an older male, much of this was, understandably, fairly irrelevant to me but I expect most women would find Joan's advice in this area illuminating. I'm not sure about her conviction regarding vitamin supplements as I read so much conflicting advice about them - but, again, you have to admit she's certainly doing something right.

Reason for not giving the book five stars? A few niggling irritations. Joan tells us, more than once, that she's not one for 'blowing her own trumpet' but then goes on to do that very thing, again and again - but then, maybe she does have a trumpet to blow. There's a prevalence of French terminology throughout the book which irritated the more I read.
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