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Behind the Laughter
Behind the Laughter
by Sherrie Hewson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of hilarious tales, 6 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Behind the Laughter (Paperback)
I must admit that before reading this book Sherrie was my least favourite member of the Loose Women team because I thought her sense of humour was just daft. But in this book she has some absolutely hilarious tales to tell and comes across as an extremely fun person to be around. There are no really shocking stories in this book, although Sherrie's life has certainly been full of lots of ups and downs and isn't boring, but it's her funny anecdotes that I enjoyed the most, particularly when they're relating to well known celebrities. This book made me laugh out loud loads of times and I've really warmed to Sherrie since reading it.


Slave Girl
Slave Girl
by Sarah Forsyth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shocking, 6 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Slave Girl (Paperback)
The very shocking true story of how an English girl was tricked into becoming a sex slave in the Red Light district of Amsterdam. You wouldn't think it possible that such a thing could happen to somebody born in England, from a caring family and not addicted to drugs, but Sarah's story explains exactly how it can. She also dispels the myth that red light workers in Amsterdam are there through choice as in her experience all the ones she came across were unpaid sex slaves like her.
Sarah's story is well written, insightful and fascinating throughout. It's also extremely rare as most girls who are put through what she was put through never make it out to tell their tale.


Scarlet Thread: Indian Woman Speaks
Scarlet Thread: Indian Woman Speaks
by Rachel Barton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, thought provoking and sad, 25 Sept. 2011
The true story of how a girl from an Indian village's life was destroyed when she was entered into an arranged marriage in England that turned out to be violent and abusive, and how the pressure from her community to stay in the marriage, no matter what, so as not to bring shame on her family made it so difficult for her to escape from the abuse.
The book is written by her English teacher and friend, Rachel Barton, but is written in Sita's own words as though it is she that is telling the story and you are reading a first hand account of what happened to her and how she felt. Her story is very shocking and sad but Sita goes into detail explaining about the Indian customs and attitudes towards life which help you to understand why the people involved acted in the way they did, even when it can seem very alien to us. I thought that this book did a very good job of highlighting the problems of arranged overseas marriages and the plight of Asian women trapped in violent or abusive marriages with no easy means of escape. It's also a very fascinating read.


Borstal Girl
Borstal Girl
by Eileen MacKenney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and violent but funny, 12 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Borstal Girl (Paperback)
Eileen tells her life story as though you're sat there in front of her rather than reading her book and you can really picture her telling you the tale. She's foul mouthed and to the point, but I wouldn't have wanted to hear her story told in any other way because it just wouldn't have been authentic.
I've read a few autobiographies of women who've been prolific criminals in their time, but I've never read anything like this. It really is a unique and very fascinating insight into the life of a woman from a violent criminal family who had a name for themselves in London and how hard she`s fought over the years to protect her family. There's also the victims side of the story about the appalling police brutality and injustices that went on in the '70's in here, and that's a real shocker. But it's not all crime and violence, Eileen has a good sense of humour and there's plenty of funny tales in there too. I found it a very enjoyable read.


Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking
Radhika's Story: Surviving Human Trafficking
by Sharon Hendry
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely shocking, 2 Sept. 2011
The brilliant, very moving and tragic story of how a naÔve young village girl from Nepal was tricked into having one of her kidneys removed for donation, forced into marriage and then sold into sex slavery in India. The story would have been so much better if it had been told by Radhika herself rather than by a journalist who didn't do a very thorough job of gathering all the relevant information before writing this, but still, it is a very unusual story that I haven`t read anything like before and it was well worth reading. One good thing that did come out of a journalist writing this though was that she included some interesting facts and figures about the prevalence of sex slavery in Nepal and India and I never realised before reading this what a huge problem it was.


Beautiful: A beautiful girl. An evil man. One inspiring true story of courage
Beautiful: A beautiful girl. An evil man. One inspiring true story of courage
by Katie Piper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very touching, 29 Aug. 2011
The true story of how a beautiful young model's life was totally blown apart after a brutal attack by a violent ex-boyfriend and having acid thrown in her face.
Katie isn't one of the best writers going and I did notice plenty of typos throughout the book, but she is a very likeable person and she does a good job of telling her horrific tale in a captivating and easy to empathise with way. She writes openly and with admirable honesty about what she went through and I found her story extremely touching throughout.


Trisha - A Life Less Ordinary My Autobiography
Trisha - A Life Less Ordinary My Autobiography
by Trisha Goddard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars She really has been through it all!, 6 July 2011
I used to watch Trisha on TV and think she was a right know-it-all. Whatever anybody was going through, she reckoned she'd been through it all too - violence, rape, broken marriages, unknown parentage, drugs, mental health issues, breakdowns, suicide attempts, AIDS, cancer. I didn't believe that she could possibly have been through so many different tragedies in her life, but then I read this book and realised that she really has! Trisha's life has been unbelievably complicated and full of problems up until now, but yet she hasn't become bitter and twisted about it all and instead has learned from her experiences and is able to give out some very good advice. Now I've read this book I can see why she was an ideal host for the kind of show she did and why she makes an ideal author for a very interesting autobiography.


Oh, Carol!
Oh, Carol!
by Carol Mcgiffin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and funny, 1 April 2011
This review is from: Oh, Carol! (Paperback)
Carol's life isn't quite as full of tragedy & scandal as some of her fellow Loose Womens' lives, but that doesn't make her autobiography any less interesting. She has been shockingly honest in writing this book and crams the pages full of fascinating and hilariously funny tales from her life that kept me entertained throughout. I really enjoyed her totally unique style of writing, and thought the chapter titles and the diary extractions that she added were a great idea, but most of all I enjoyed her fantastic self-depreciating sense of humour and agreeable opinions a pleasure to read.


Pulling Myself Together
Pulling Myself Together
by Denise Welch
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest, 9 Mar. 2011
Denise's life has been plagued by severe depression ever since the birth of her first son. Add to that the alcohol & cocaine addictions, some interesting relationships, a headline hitting affair and a lot of behind the scenes action and she's got plenty of interesting stories to tell. But the stories are mostly short and not so detailed so I found this book didn't flow as well as a lot of other autobiographies I`ve read.
However, Denise comes across as being very down to earth and frank, which I liked, and I admired her brutal honesty in telling her story. I also think she did a good job of writing about her depression and giving a clear insight into the mind of a sufferer.


Unbroken: A Story of Survival
Unbroken: A Story of Survival
by Beverley Callard
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, sincere & humorous, 28 Feb. 2011
Beverley's autobiography starts off slow with quite an ordinary childhood and first marriage, but then it rapidly builds into quite an extraordinary tale as she experiences 3 broken marriages, 2 life-threatening pregnancies, cancer, a nervous breakdown, the threat of bankruptcy and numerous family problems. But it's not all doom and gloom, she also talks of her successful career as an actress & fitness instructor, overcoming her breakdown and finally finding her perfect partner.
Beverley writes very honestly and openly about her life and comes across as a really down to earth likable person. I found her writing on the depression she suffered insightful and inspiring towards other sufferers. She also has a great sense of humour and I really enjoyed the funny tales she tells about tricks played on fellow cast members behind the scenes at Coronation Street.


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