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A refreshing and frank read from one Britains best Biographers
on 6 October 2010
I didn't have a good feeling about this book. Robbie gets terrible press these days an the papers always seem so negative about him. Seemingly ignoring the fact that he's still about the biggest star we have got! My fears were not realised. This book is a delight from start to finish.
Everything is covered - the drink, the drugs, the sex and the music. It has been sympathetically written, without being sickly-sweet. Smith writes in a nice, non-judgmental sort of way. It's as if Smith, had a smile on his face when he wrote it. How refreshing to find a writer who actually seems to like Robbie!
My favourite part is the childhood stories. Robbie is a mix betweeen 'Jack the Lad' and perhaps surprisngly, the sensitive flower. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time! At times the story is very moving. Being a fan of Take That, I was pleased to find all the Take That stuff is here and when you read it you want to go and give Gary and co a big telling off for being so mean to Robbie! He was a lot younger than them, which is something I never thought about at the time.
I didn't know much about his new wife, Ayda Field, so that's a big insight and nice to read something new about Robbie. I also found the story of this year's Brit Awards where Robbie performed a real eye-opener.
All in all, it was a pleasure to read from beginning to end and I would say that if you thought that you knew everything there is to know about Robbie then think again!