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1.0 out of 5 stars No insight, in parts just plain wrong!, 18 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Take That - Now and Then: Inside the Biggest Comeback in British Pop History (Paperback)
Being a HUGE Take That fan in the 90s, I was one of the thousands who used to devour any interview or snippet of information on Mark, Howard, Gary, Jason and Robbie from wherever I could lay my hands on it.

After reading Gary's brilliant autobiography, My Take, and watching the recent For The Record documentary, which both painted a slightly different version of events from the one that was carefully spun at the time (!) I was interested to read this book to see if there were any other little gems that they hadn't been quite so happy to put out for public consumption before.

However, I found this book a complete waste of paper. I very strongly doubt the author, Martin Roach, has ever met any member of Take That, or anyone associated with them. The first sign of this was when I noticed that one of the sources he did list was Brian Harvey (he of East 17... a great source of info on Take That, i don't think!)

Basically, it was a re-hash of the information that was available at the time, lazily put together without any independent research or worthwile interviews. Despite claiming to be based on "the biggest comeback in pop history" it doesn't seem to have been updated to me. In fact, a lot of it I recognised from old TT annuals or Smash Hits interviews. It also regurgitated a lot of information that has since been shown not to be true, or to be the "offical" version of events that the management wanted the impressionable teenage fans to believe about their squeaky clean idols.

All in all, if you are interested enough in Take That to want to read a book about them, you'll probably know all this already. If you don't know much about Take That, it is useless as a rough guide as most of it is wrong or out of date.

Instead, I'd highly recommend reading Gary's book... really good, well written and (obviously) well informed. Don't waste your time on this effort... It's just Martin Roach cashing in on the Take That revival.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2009, 12:13:06 BST
Whippetgal2 says:
I don't know about Martin Roach's book, but I can definitely concur with this reviewer about Gary Barlow's book, "My Take". It's an excellent read - and the last few pages left me gasping and tearful. It's excellently written and, I would say, the definitive read for all Take That fans.
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