I think the best way I can recommend this book is to say it is unlike any celebrity autobiography I have encountered thus far.
You all know the ones II think the best way I can recommend this book is to say it is unlike any celebrity autobiography I have encountered thus far.
You all know the ones I'm on about and I'm a sucker for them, I am. I freely admit that when Cheryl Cole brought out a book I was reading it within 2 days.Trashy books are my complete guilty pleasure. So I found this, picked it up and began.
But trash I did not find.
It was about Clare Balding the Person, not Clare Balding the Celebrity and the animals that shaped her life. I believe the chapter that I found most enthralling is at the start where her dog is her protector and throws herself out of a high window because she suspects Clare's mother of kidnapping her.
I want a dog who throws themselves out of a window in case I'm kidnapped. I have a strong suspicion that my brother would give the ever familiar teenage excuse "I'll be there in a minute!"
Talking of which her family and their portrayal definitely needs a mention. It seems that they were a competitive family, so competitive that anything outside that world was just not necessary to know about. Clare herself I believe does not see this as a failing more just an observation which sometimes really sucked balls for her.
There's resentment there I feel and that's why it's the tiniest bit bitter but she focuses more on the pleasures of her life than this.
What I did miss was how she discovered her sexuality, it can't have been easy in that environment and there is no mention of it whatsoever.
Celebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not tCelebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not talking about the serious tone because I was aware of his depression and other issues before hand. It was more the description of his work, either the work swallowed up his life ooorrrr his life didn't make the final cut because I felt constantly that I was hearing of his never-ending failures.
Now I realise that it being an autobiography he cannot make those failures successes but it was the style in which they were told. Very reminiscent of a list, like this happened and it failed so we moved on to this and it failed and then this and it failed. Every so often though it was interspersed with a part of his life, like his friendship with Matt Lucas or his relationships which was so honest and open that it was a pleasure to read. These interspersions made the book readable but just.
I trudged through this which was such a let down to me since I was looking forward to it so much. The writing style itself was not the problem, on that score I have nothing to complain about. It has the conversational style which I enjoy in an autobiography and yet keeps an informative tone which keeps the whole book grounded. Which was important in this book especially as it could have easily escalated in madness.
All in all I would recommend this for only die hard Walliams fans, otherwise maybe give this one a miss....
You have to respect the determination to be famous he had I just don't think it read that well.
Let's be honest if you're going to read a celebrity'sYou have to respect the determination to be famous he had I just don't think it read that well.
Let's be honest if you're going to read a celebrity's autobiography you want to know things we have no access or way of knowing. E.g. Dominic Cooper sounds like a loon, a lovable loon, Russell Brand has a sex problem(all very shocking) So the raptures of Shelley and Sheridan and every other person he met/dates/worked with was disappointing in the scoop stakes.
He admitted he was a dick. This was something I was looking for because we all knew it, I was just waiting for him to admit to it. Fair enough you believed the hype everyone has at some stage been brought back down to earth. It's only when you have contact with so many people like in this case that it's pretty savage. That being said though he did apologize to EVERYONE. ALL. THE. TIME.
I'd say 57% of the book was an apology, 5% anecdotes, 30% rattling off his imdb page, and 8% girlfriend talk (non-juicy bits)
He is by far not the worst author and this is by far not the worst celebrity autobiography (that particular crown is still worn by Katie Price) but still not especially great either....more
I know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama schooI know, I know a celebrity autobiography. I succumbed! Even I was half expecting a 368 page long monologue about how tough his life was in drama school with no money and then one day BAM they're talent is realised that was there all along. BUT NO. This was not at all like that, heart-wrenching tale yes, but completely justified.
His start in life as a quite pudgy Chinese kid who was adored by his family quickly turned into a petrified obese teenager who felt terribly alone and petrified after some idiot threatens him. Drama unsurprisingly is the way he turns, psychologically it makes perfect sense. He develops an emotional rush and dependance on the positive reaction to his humour which is most brought out in Drama whilst simultaneously helping him forget his own failure by laying it at his characters door and not his true self.
Once he has earned a place a drama school however it all goes terribly wrong, his fear of failure goes into overdrive and he turns anorexic. But instead of using this horrific tale of food abuse to get as much sympathy as possible Gok uses a factual, light-hearted style that states his thoughts, feelings and actions without wringing you out. This, for me at least, made me truly feel for him and care for him as a person. Hope the best for his future, which slowly develops and is truly joyful to read.
I was so happy for him when things started to go right and he found a direction that I just couldn't stop reading. I was hooked! I found every excuse possible to keep reading to see how he got from the lowest self confidence I have ever heard of in a person to turning womens confidence from nothing to a healthy amount.
Even if you don't watch Gok or have any idea who he is his book is absolutely worth reading from a human interest perspective. I recommend to all, even people who hate autobiographies...
I didn't know that this was part of a series when I got it and perhaps that has biased my thoughts on it but here they are anyway, for now.
I was excitI didn't know that this was part of a series when I got it and perhaps that has biased my thoughts on it but here they are anyway, for now.
I was excited to read this because strangely enough I have always been fascinated by the high-class prostitute. Their reasons, lifestyle, sacrifice and ability to cope with the stigma of their job is endlessly interesting. Belle De Jour is the top of her tree and her series of books really lets you into the life of a london call girl.
The only problem was that in this book, SHE RETIRES! Understandable and everything but not the book I was looking for! I didn't care about her life after until I'd heard of her life before which my own fault I admit and not the book, however why market the book as "Further Adventure of a London Call Girl" if she is not a call girl after about 3 chapters!
Her complicated love life and her diffficulty trying to establish a normal life is an interesting read and has a different style which I haven't read anything like before. It makes the series interesting to me and makes me feel like I really should give the other books a chance, well the first at least.
This book kept itself interesting by including letters from people to Miss Belle and her advice. These were really amusing and her shamelessness was hilarious to read. Such as this one:
Dear Belle I'm going out with a pair of best friends: one knows, the other does not. I'm having lots of sex but it does chafe rather. Any tricks of the trade to help me out?
Dear Double-Booked Sorry, but has the message to lube well and often missed your household? Lube well. And often. If the front entry wears out, use the back for a bit. But for goodness' sake, girl, are you mad? You're missing the oppurtunity for a threesome if you don't tell the other gent what's going on!
The primary concern of Miss Belle being that Double-Booked is missing out on a threesome where many would be in moral uproar is brilliant and aan excellent example of why I respect this woman. She has whatever sex in whatever way she wishes because she wants to and refuses to be ashamed of that fact, I wish wholeheartedly that this would be the opinion of more women. Really the only thing they can gain is great sex and who doesn't want that?
So all in all, interesting style wise but I would a) read the first book first (who woulda guessed?) b)Really question whether you want to read someones diary in which they date someone you really really hate. Trust me, you will hate the Boy. If you don't you are the Boy.
It had to happen at some point didn't it? I made the (quite stupid decision really) to read much more non-fiction since I knew nothing about that wholIt had to happen at some point didn't it? I made the (quite stupid decision really) to read much more non-fiction since I knew nothing about that whole side of literature. So where to start? Obviously the Freakonomics series is what is going to be recommended to any non-fiction virgin so I dived straight in with.....wait, what? This is the second one?!?
Soooo, once again I've read the second before the first. This can't become a habit! It's doing my head in just thinking about what I've missed and beware this book references the first. Just in case you thought you could get away without reading the first one, you can-ish. I suggest reading the first first though. That's where you generally start. Unlike me. Idiot of the week.
Moving swiftly on. You cannot help but be captivated by this book, it's style and content are both interesting and relevant to the modern reader. Not only that but it makes an area of economics disgestible to someone who has never studied it and therefore knows barely anything. This, for me is the best part of it and what it does the best.
It's ideas and information about the economics which surround prostitution were particularly interesting to me since I've read Belle de Jour quite recently. This book let me compare her life between that of the average American prostitue and needless to say, she's been living a charmed life compared to many others in her profession. The statistics are factual and real whilst being intrriguing and represented in such a way that's new and refreshing.
Therefore I may, perhaps have been converted to the non-fiction world........and it's all down to a little freakonomics. ...more
It's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creationIt's so beautiful. Ever so ever so beautiful and a must have for any enthusiast of tattoo art and it's world. The cover is an embossed white creation which just hooks you in, with more tatto designs on the tracing paper like label stating it's contents. Once you crack open this beautiful thing (much excitement was felt during this) you encounter page after page, each different and yet all startingly brilliant.
If you haven't been able to tell whether I loved it or not I'll sum up I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS!!!! It has everything I love about art AND the tattoo world in one collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings and glitter art. Though not entirely sure how he did that I'm still likin it. Each medium has a new point therefore something new to offer.
The Ostrich eggs! Oh the ostrich eggs! They were so good! The fragility of the casing perfectly encaptured the object inside whether it be flowers or the human skull each is perfectly captured in graphite (I beleive) drawings. However this isn't the only piece of his art that this is present in many of his pieces. The stacks of dollar notes which we has oh so carfeully peeled away to reveal various clever incorperations of tradtional religeous imagery with traditional tattoo art. They work very well, funnily enough they both use strong black outline and simple shapes and lines to create images as opposed to the blurred realism of Impressionists (yeah I'm a bit of an art geek). I have no idea how long it took to create these but the abosolute dedication to this venture is impressive.
He doesn't stop at fragility though he takes on the idea of ownership and what is worth more to different people. He took "weapons" from various state prisons and coated them in gold, perhaps stating that for these prisoners thats what these weapons are worth. They are the line between life and death for them and are priceless, whereas we see a scredriver or a broken bottle and therefore not worth anything until covered in gold. This says a lot about our culture and our inability to view things from anothers perspective, this of course is me writing aloud as it were but thats what interesting. Thats what art is all about, artists create something mayby they'll be trying to make a point, maybe they want to create something beautiful but each person takes something different from that same object. But first and foremost Campbell is a tattoo artist and that is what he does. He's tattooed anyone whose famous and wants tattoos to be honest, I mean he's even tattooed Marc Jacobs! Great loss to the female world that, then again he makes up for it with gorgeous perfumes and bags etc. Plus he has a spongebob tattoo and I'm a big supporter of all lovers of spongebob (I have a t-shirt). The book also shows many designs that are just drawings, whether they've been used or not they are now immortalised in this book, whatever your taste (if spongebob isn't your thing) he's got something for you. The book also includes some history of the tatto, where they come from and why they came about which pulls you in. It sounds deathly boring but each culture has a different origin and different reason for wanting to mark their bodies so that they remember certain incidents, people or life-changing decisions. http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.c......more