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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085738953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857389534
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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'Beautifully recreates the memories of his early years' Daily Express. (Daily Express)

'Brilliantly nutty ... gloriously irreverent' Mail on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)

'His early life would make a novel in itself' Ian Rankin. (Ian Rankin)

'Really well written. Gripping' James Brown. (James Brown)

'Wonderfully evocative' Scotsman. (Scotsman)

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The amazing life of Madness frontman and national treasure, Suggs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Madness fans: THIS BOOK ISN'T ABOUT MADNESS. There are a few interesting revelations, but it's about "What made Graham MacPherson into Suggs". Just thought I'd start there, as it seems to be a constant complaint in other reviews.

I've read a lot people associated with 2-Tone, and this was my favourite read, because (1) It's not ghostwritten, or not much at least, because you can tell Sugg's way of speaking coming through the words. (2) He doesn't big himself up, quite the opposite if anything. (3) No-one gets slagged. Nice, easy read, plenty of anecdotes, made for holiday reading. you may not learn much, but there are plenty of fact-heavy books for that, this is just a pleasant few hours of company with a nice guy.
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This is a slightly odd autobiography. For the first two thirds or so it tells the story of Suggs's life from childhood to the present day, and it is an enjoyable read, although some will be disappointed that Madness seem to be treated almost as an aside in a way, with fewer than expected stories about the band and its members. Towards the end however it does seem as though Suggs was maybe told by the publisher that the book was too short, so the remaining part is taken up with what feel like extended anecdotes about family holidays, friends, football, meals he's had and so on. It's entertaining enough, but it feels a little "will this do?", as though it was added to pad the book out. An easy read, but it feels like it needed more work to knock it into shape.
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Well I enjoyed the book very much I guess being a Madness fan gave it a head start....

But the book wasn't consumed like a few Celebrity books I have had the misfortune to read about their success charting every boring detail along the way....Suggs wrote a book that was about his life not just a part of it....And it is more fascinating because of this....

It still covers Madness very well but it was his early life I enjoyed reading about most...
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I really enjoyed this very easy to read memoir from Suggs, lead singer and front-man of Madness. It's a very funny memoir with lots of stories about growing up in London in the 60s/70s and forming the band, continuing right up to the present day. If you like Madness you'll love it.
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Really good read. He writes in an easy to read quick style that is great to read and keeps your interest. Funny, sad & interesting and no "Diva" attitude so was delightful.
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A real good read - very down to earth lovely story of a lovely lovely man - really enjoyed it.
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As a lifelong Madness and Chelsea fan I was expecting a good read - which is exactly what I got! Admittedly I did panic a bit when I was about two thirds through and there hadn't been very much detail about the band's successful years, but this was addressed more towards the end of the book. A little more of this wouldn't have gone amiss and as others have commented, a little more chronological order to things would have made it all a little easier to follow. Hence 4 stars and not 5.

Reading the book has encouraged me to buy and listen to The Liberty of Norton Folgate, which I'll be doing very soon. It seems I've missed out on a real treasure.

In summary - a good guy, a good read and a brilliant, unique band.
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