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5.0 out of 5 stars "Over the moon", captivated by the life story of Britain's most endearing Eastender, 1 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Over the Moon (Hardcover)
Once again the unique talent and persona of one of Britain's greatest stars makes for a cracking good read. The amazing Mr Essex gives us another well written and honest insight into his life and passions as he looks back over his long and varied career.

I defy anyone to name a more versatile or successful performer of our times. He writes it as he lives it with integrity and honesty.

It is a refreshing story which avoids the inevitable entourages that are favoured by so many of today's so called celebrities. David Essex has always maintained his dignity and professionalism never taking for granted the success that he has worked so hard to achieve. As a man who usually prefers to keep his private life private David recounts candidly but kindly tales of his many liaisons within the sometimes less than kind entertainment world which has been his stage for over 50 years and in doing so gives warm and genuine credit to those who have worked alongside him.

His natural charisma and humour cannot fail to captivate the reader who will quickly discover his work ethic and absolute professionalism in all genres which endears him to all those he meets at whatever level. As Eddie Moon he has developed the character in his own inimitable style to create a whole new generation of fans.

Those who only know the Eddie Moon Mr Essex will find this book a revealing and interesting journey from his own East end roots of relative poverty through the dizzy heights of fame and success achieved in the 1970's to the more thoughtful and reflective person who by his own admission has "never properly appreciated his success" Prepare to be astounded and amazed by one of Britain's most talented and unique performers, as an actor, singer, writer, producer, and devoted Father he provides his own intimate account of the highs and lows he has encountered along the way.

As the first amazon reviewer of his earlier book "A Charmed Life" I am compelled to say that much of this book was familiar but even so I like many others cannot fail to enjoy David's honest and endearing insight into both his personal and professional characters.

This book brings us right up to date and a whole new generation of fans can experience David Essex as the absolute star he is. I suspect that fans both new and old will indeed be "over the moon" at this updated autobiography of Britain's most endearing Eastender and like me can look forward to the chapters yet to be written.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2013 18:11:22 BDT
Having been born around the corner to David, I was allocated a place at Shipman County Secondary but asked to go to another school, which was equally as abysmal. I can say that I totally agree with all he said about schools in Custom House in the sixties. It was refreshing to read through anothers eyes that education in Newham was a disgrace, in fact non existent, and an utter waste of four precious years when we are most able to learn.
Bullying was rife, beatings were not infrequent, and the education served up to us was an insult to our young and fertile imaginations. To have become a superstar from these establishments is truly no mean feat!
A good read, I was totally absorbed throughout, maybe because I knew the territory he spoke of first hand, but more because he was one of the few who went on to do bigger and better things. Rock on!
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