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All Balls And Glitter: My Life

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  198 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Craig Revel Horwood is no stranger to controversy. As the most outspoken judge on TV sensation Strictly Come Dancing, he's notorious for his cutting put downs and frank analysis. In All Balls And Glitter, Craig is at his most honest yet - but this time, he's turning the spotlight on himself.
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published 2008 by Michael O'Mara Books Limited
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Susan in Perthshire
Dec 05, 2015 Susan in Perthshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a fan of Strictly Come Dancing - the original Celebrity/Pro dance programme, I knew and loved Craig. I read this wondering whether Craig would have an interesting enough life to relate. I was unprepared for how fabulously honest and entertaining his autobiography would be. Craig writes with humour and sensitivity as he describes growing up, being bullied and finding his passion in life. Definitely worth a read!
I had no idea who Craig Revel Horwood was before this book was nominated for the DS Book Club. I had never watched Strictly Come Dancing (UK) or the American equivalent, Dancing With the Stars. I've never been into musicals, although occasionally I like a song from one of them and I do recognize many of the names. So, all things considered, this book should have been a real slog to finish, right? Wrong! It was fun and mostly quite interesting. Horwood's childhood in Australia was quite ...more
Laura of Lurking
Sep 08, 2013 Laura of Lurking rated it it was amazing
I has only been aware of Craig as a judge on strictly come dancing prior to picking up this book. I was in the "love to hate and boo as loudly as possible camp", so this frank and very touching autobiography of the trials and rewards in his life really surprised me in how much it hit home.

I admit going into reading this book I had many assumptions, not all of them positive of his lifestyle (although I support his sexuality, wherever it may lie, all the way). Many of those were destroyed and I sa
Angela Free
Apr 02, 2016 Angela Free rated it liked it
I can't help but feel endeared to Craig. He may be known as the Mr Nasty judge because of his comments when judging the Strictly contestants, but he really isn't nasty at all. He's simply honest, a trait he should be proud of. Well, I think so anyway. I think he's fabulous. He'd definitely be on my list of people I'd love to throw a dinner party for, he has such interesting stories to share.
Oct 10, 2014 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of his upbringing and professional background was interesting, and was what aroused my curiosity. However it's interminably intertwined with the more salacious stuff. I can see why it was described as racy on the cover. It's rude enough to shock your Nan, but not enough to offend her. In the end, it's all a bit too laborious and luvvie.
Patricia Taylor
Feb 18, 2014 Patricia Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a light pleasant read - frank and interesting insight into Craig's past both personal and professional. Always outspoken but always honest, he tells stories of his colourful past. Some are tragic, some happy, but this book gives a very real insight into what makes the man tick.
Nov 24, 2013 Sandy rated it liked it
An old bio now finished in 2008 when Arlene Philips was still a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. What can I say? It was a very cheap read for the Kindle!

Really it was a 2.5* read but generously I gave it 3*

Interesting but not fascinating.
Dec 19, 2013 Michele rated it did not like it
Poorly written. First half dull, dull dull. Second half with some of the SCD gossip more interesting. Don't give up the day job Craig.
Dec 23, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
A more interesting read than what I thought it would be, namely due to the fact I know few of the people mentioned.
Andrew Embling
Dec 06, 2012 Andrew Embling rated it really liked it
As honest as his judging on Strictly, Craig entertains with a quick and easy narrative about his life story so far. An interesting and good read.
Lucy Traves
Dec 11, 2013 Lucy Traves rated it liked it
Not very well written, but a very interesting and honest autobiography. The parts about his father's alcoholism, and its effect on the whole family, is very moving.
Fiona Miller
Oct 28, 2013 Fiona Miller rated it liked it
Not well written but brutally honest and very interesting. Quite a colourful past. A brave man full of ambition and passion and a touchingly deep love for his family.
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