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Learning to Fly: The Autobiography

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  858 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
From the time when, as an eight-year-old girl, she saw the movie Fame, Victoria wanted to be a star. There was a line from the title song that stayed with her-'I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly'. With this extraordinary book she gives us the chance to follow her on her journey from lonely teenager to international star; to fly alongside her."
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Penguin Global (first published 2001)
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Redfox5
Feb 21, 2013 Redfox5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this book more than Geri's! Written a few years after the Spice Craze, we get more of Victorias life. In fact the whole Spice girls thing seems a very small part of the book. Victoria was never my favourite Spice Girl, if fact I don't know anyone who liked Posh spice best and she writes that she knew this and that must have been a hard thing to come to terms with. But she seems to deal with it quiet well even repeating mean things the press wrote about her saying she had 'less talent then ...more
Brittany
Aug 15, 2008 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Spice Girls/Victoria Beckham, Fans of pop culture icons
Recommended to Brittany by: Gillian
How I Came To Read This Book: Gillian owned it.

The Plot: This is Victoria Beckham's autobiography - and goodness knows she's had quite a life since this book was published in the early 00's! Still, there is PLENTY to read about here. The book spans the key points in Victoria's life, from her awkward childhood as the ugly, self-conscious duckling at theatre school to her early days as a wannabe Spice Girl to what it felt like to be a world-famous celebrity, married to an equally famous man. Along
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Kali
I was eight in 1996. And being an eight-year-old girl in 1996 meant growing up with the Spice Girls as huge icons on your cultural landscape. They were larger-than-life figures; they were cartoons. They were their characters; Sporty, Ginger, Baby, Posh, and Scary.

When I was fifteen, an ongoing skit in Bo Selecta involved Mel B repeatedly trying to sell her autobiography. Around this time, I found a heavily reduced copy, and, after seeing that skit, it tickled me to actually own a copy, so I boug
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Menna Ahmed
Apr 27, 2016 Menna Ahmed rated it it was amazing
I might be a little biased because I absolutely ADORE this lady, but I find this book just PERFECT (title included).
Victoria Beckham, clearly my role model, is definitely somebody I can relate to, or even somebody I'd like to become.
1. Victoria has a huge amount of self-awareness: realizing that she is a normal girl with a big dream. Self-awareness is something I'm striving for.
2. Her dream was a big one and she didn't stop until she achieved it, and more. She even changed her dream, worked har
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♥ Marlene♥
3.5 stars.
I am not a big fan at all of Victoria Beckham but we, my daughter and I, we loved the Spice Girls when she was little so that part was interesting to read. I had forgotten what had happened, how and why they quit and she does tell a bit about that. What annoyed me most though was that she appears to never be happy. During The Spice Girls period she missed her family, while with David there were other problems. it is true though that she was always thought of as the Spice Girl that coul
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Sara
An entertaining book. Sometimes I was frustrated with how little Victoria Beckham thinks of herself and also with the little digs she made about her sister Louise, but the book really is her journey into her own confidence and self-acceptance. Her depiction of her family life is sweet and worth the read.

In her journey, I could see some struggles that many women face, and I am glad she speaks up about how difficult it is to leave your child with others to work when all you want to do is mummy hi
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Sarah
Mar 23, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Three and half stars and well deserved. This is not brilliant literature, but as someone who usually reads classics and high-brow stuff, I actually quite enjoyed this. I don't know how much of her autobiography was re-written or marketing-oriented, but I got a really good sense of VB's personality and life from reading it. It was refreshing to read about such a famous person and come out with a pure sense of their humanity, their vulnerability. VB is very honest and straight-forward about her li ...more
Danni Khan
Feb 26, 2013 Danni Khan rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE VICTORIA BECKHAM!! she was my fav spice girl and i followed her then and i follow her now, she is so multi-talented.. she is a true gem and an amazing fashionista and great artist musically and in the fashion industry!! KUDOS Becks

xo
Tess
Jan 07, 2015 Tess rated it really liked it

I have no expectations about this book. Surprisingly though it was entertaining for the most part. Its kinda dragging in the beginning (maybe because I am not a Spice Girl fan, no offense) but it sort of developed into a more serious, melodramatic, "is this for real" type of story. The part about Mark the bodyguard/traitor was scary...no other word for it.

I like it. It is not the best book ever but its inspiring. Its a glimpse to one overly insecure yet very ambitious and driven woman. Its a lif
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Aileen Morris
Nov 11, 2015 Aileen Morris rated it it was amazing
This book makes for a very interesting comparison with the other Spice Girl autobiography I've read, If Only by Geri Halliwell. Where Halliwell seems determined to give people in her life the benefit of the doubt even when they've hurt her, heaven help anyone who has wronged Victoria Beckham! She is cold, cutting, and remorseless when recounting betrayals. But that sure makes for some very entertaining reading! And I admire Victoria for being so sure of herself and her judgements. I wish I could ...more
Elissa
Feb 17, 2015 Elissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most people who read this book, I grew up with the Spice Girls and was on a kick of reading musician/band memoirs and such -- Victoria's book had higher reviews than most so I picked it up. I really enjoyed it, to my surprise. She talks about her childhood of being kinda chubby (because of polycystic ovaries), her hard work ethic, and the trials of being a celebrity. She is a little bit defensive about a few things, and not just in a "let me set the record straight" manner, but also in a mo ...more
F.K.
Feb 12, 2016 F.K. rated it really liked it
This was a fun, easy to read and at times insightful exploration of the life of a pop-star/celebrity/fashion icon, from early life as a wannabe hopeful, to an established spice girl and beyond.
An interesting read for anyone who was -or is - a Spice Girls fan, or has an interest in the pop world/media culture. Plenty of intriguing behind-the-scenes titbits on some of the public events surrounding the Spice Girls and the perspective of arguably the quietest Spice Girl on the personalities that la
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Kristin
Aug 29, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
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Mark Farley
Jul 31, 2013 Mark Farley rated it it was ok
Ok, so here we go. Posh Spice. VB. Victoria Beckham. Iconic media star, wife, style chantuese, seller of newpapers/magazines and (sort of) singer. These days, less of one and considerably more of the others, granted but a huge global star (brand if you will), none the less.

First Line is “Daddy, I’m going to be killed!”

Now when I read this, I expected some wonderful anecdote about her closeness of her relationship with her father, about how one tiny incident of her youth exploded a sense of prote
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Blair
Okay, four stars is very generous for the actual quality of this book but come on, she was, is and always will be my favourite Spice Girl. It's an entertaining read, light and fluffy, and not that badly written when you compare it to certain celebrity 'auto'biographies (I'm looking at you, Jordan, anyone who was ever on Big Brother/The X Factor/similar, etc). The stuff about her early life is pretty interesting; she was bullied extensively as a child - which obviously had quite an impact on her ...more
chucklesthescot
Apr 05, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it liked it
Shelves: true, entertainment
Never believe all you read in the papers!I was surprised to like this book,not being a great fan of the Posh and Becks brand or the Spice Girls but it is a good read.
Victoria talks about the nonstop pressure of the Spice Girl existance, not being able to spend time with her family or David, and how everything was controlled by the manager that they fired. She talks about her terror when the life of her son Brooklyn was threatened,receiving bullets with her and David's name on them and being bet
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Rachel Louise
Jan 03, 2016 Rachel Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I was surprised as to how good a read it was. I'm not a huge fan, but got it a cheap summer read. If you like a celeb biography this is good. It's not gossipy or made as a joke, it's the story of how she came and went through the spice girls. Met David and life in the limelight in these times.

Steph Robertson
Nov 27, 2014 Steph Robertson rated it it was amazing
Loved it! A great read. I was reluctant to read it until someone suggested to me how good it was. Easy to read. I also found I had more respect for her, not just as an artist but as a person as well. I would highly recommend it, I couldn't put it down!
Sam H
Nov 05, 2015 Sam H rated it really liked it
Well, I'm surprised. Victoria was always my least favourate spice and now I feel a bit bad as it appears that she knew she was the least liked and had more image issues than the others. (I always thought she was arrogant and loved her image). I have found she has quite a bubbly personality and found out things that I didn't know about her life. Out of all the spices bios I enjoyed this one the most. Especially after I was dreading this one the most. It was personal and warm and felt like a diary ...more
Aynsley
Sep 18, 2014 Aynsley rated it it was ok
Thought this was an awful book, far too long, and Victoria is far too trusting of David especially given that we know he cheated on her
Kenney Broadway
Jul 18, 2007 Kenney Broadway rated it did not like it
I read this for a course on autobiographical writing I took when I was in England. While in England, I bought about thirty books (the availability of bookshops was just too tempting). I brought nearly all of those books home with me. This one I left in the "bin" -- that's Brit-speak for trash can. To say that the writing and content was vapid would be giving it way too much credit. A lot of people ask me if I think Victoria Beckham actually wrote this or if she employed a ghostwriter. I can't sa ...more
Suzi
Aug 30, 2014 Suzi rated it liked it
Easy to read and gave me a different view of Victoria Beckham as I always thought she was stuck up, however she is very down to earth and the stuck up Ness was an act and lack of confidence.
Hanna
Jan 31, 2016 Hanna rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I was ten in 1998 and I loved The Spicd Girls. She's an excellent writer.
Hayley
Feb 18, 2008 Hayley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographies
I loved reading this autobiography, I'm not a big fan of autobiographies but this caught my attention as she is one of the most written about women in the world. To hear how she grow up and how she was like most people, unhappy with the way she looked and teased at school (all things that happened to myself) it made me realise you can do anything you set your mind to with a large amount of determiation and a lot of courage. I would recommend this book because it is an interesting read and there ...more
Jayme
Nov 01, 2014 Jayme rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
I was definitely a fan of the Spice Girls back in the day and Posh was always my favorite. I truly enjoyed reading about her growing up and the creation and evolution of the Spice Girls. The color photos - many of which were candid and not taken by paparazzi - added a nice touch. I was surprised to learn about the multiple death threats, and the kidnapping threat on her son when he was just a baby. I think she just wanted people to know she was human. This book was written in 2001, so there's de ...more
Evelyn Ellison
Dec 20, 2015 Evelyn Ellison rated it liked it
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Winter Sophia Rose
Sep 24, 2014 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Funny, Inspiring & Personal! Loved It!
Jeff
Sep 25, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok
Far too long. Geri Halliwell's 2 books were a lot better.
Lindsay
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I would've given this book more stars if it wasnt so long. And outdated. It was pretty dry until she meets David, then it gets more interesting. I think they are a super cute couple and it sounds like they really love each other. The part where she was talking about the kidnapping and death threats was creepy to read. Cant imagine what it was like to actually live through it. She needs to put out a more recent book since a lot of stuff has happened since this was published back in 2001.
Kirsty
Feb 18, 2008 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a new respect for Victoria after reading this book. Although the Beckhams were married when she wrote this book, it was before they became the massive media storm that they are now. The book shows that far from just being 'the posh one' from the spice girls, she has worked hard to get where she is and has more brains than most people give her credit for. She is very honest about her childhood, being bullied etc. An insightful read...
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Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams) is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, fashion designer, author, businesswoman, actress and model.

During her rise to fame with 1990's pop group the Spice Girls, Beckham was dubbed Posh Spice, a nickname first coined by the British pop music magazine, Top of the Pops, in their July, 1996, issue. Since the Spice Girls followed separate careers, she has dabble
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