It's very difficult not to feel that we already know everything there is to know about Mrs Beckham. I think I see her image somehow, somewhere every single day. I was intrigued then to discover a book which on the outside cover promises to reassess her life and career. It does not disappoint. This is a superbly balanced account of a famous life which performs the subtle service of making you like the subject without in any way resorting to sensationalism or heavy-handed bias.
The book is divided into two parts - the first, Victoria Adams, dealing with her family's surprisingly working class roots and guiding us through her early life up to the Spice Girls. I was intrigued to discover that she was much more talented as a singer and dancer than I had imagined. She also had a natural flair for image and came top of special image classes at her stage school. I also had no idea she was chosen for the Spice Girls because of her appeal to the `older man'.
The second part, Victoria Beckham, chronicles her relationship with David Beckham and how she has developed their partnership as a brand. Even her supposed failure as a solo artist was, in fact, accompanied by million pound fashion contracts which were clearly part of a long term plan. The book feels very up to date even managing to squeeze in her new lines for New York fashion week.
I have read two books by Sean Smith, one on Kylie and one on Britney, and he seems to have a talent for portraying modern day `heroines'. There's so much detail and I particularly like the Life and Times section which details all the highlights of Victoria's life in twelve packed pages. A word also about the pictures which are beautifully laid out over 24 pages and contained many I had not seen before. They deftly showed the girl changing to a woman and should please all Victoria fans.
Having read this book I find myself outraged at the stupid and unfair way Victoria Beckham is often portrayed in the media. I like her much more than I did before.