All of Me – Claire Richards

All of Me – Claire Richards

As those who know me will tell you I’m not afraid to admit I’m a STEPS fan, so obviously when I heard that Claire had an autobiography coming out naturally I had to read it.

This tells Claire’s story of becoming a singer from her original band TSD through to STEPS and beyond, it also covers her much publicized battle with food and yo-yo dieting, her love life from crushes on Peter Andre, her first marriage and her love affair with now husband Reece Hill and even has a few revelations thrown in (which I won’t spoil for those of you who want to read this)

Overall a quick and easy ready that gives a little insight into 1 fifth of STEPS, but on the other hand its disappointingly short, I was hoping for a lot more insight into the life of a pop star but I guess that may be down to modesty and not wanting to make some things public.  To be honest you’d probably learn more about Claire from watching the Living reunion documentary but a must have for any fan, or anyone who likes autobiography.



About the Author

Claire Richards shot to fame in the hugely successful band Steps. She has had her own hit shows on BBC3 and Sky Living, sang her way to the semi-final of ITV1’s Popstar to Opera Star, cooked up a storm on Celebrity Masterchef, and recently reformed with Steps for a sell out arena tour and No. 1 greatest hits album.

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Claire Richards
3rd January 2013

Claire Richards is loved by women everywhere for her warm and genuine personality. Now she writes honestly about her life, taking us from the bullied schoolgirl who dreamed of peforming at Wembley to finding stardom with Steps. She reveals the secrets of the music industry and what it's really like to be in a band at the top of their career, from the unhealthy pressure to stay thin to the backstage rows. She describes how the stress of her affair caused her to starve herself, and explains why she and fellow bandmate H controversially resigned.

Claire also opens us about why her first marriage to Steps dancer Mark didn't last, her dramatic weight gain and years of yo-yo dieting as she battled low self-esteem, and how she found happiness with second husband Reece and their two children Charlie and Daisy. And she takes us behind the scenes of the Steps reunion tour as old issues rose to the surface. Entertaining, touching and funny, this is sure to appeal to Claire's many fans.

Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s – Jennifer Worth

Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s – Jennifer Worth

Call The Midwife is the first book in a series of 3 books about the life of a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950s. This is a book I was given by my mother in law, and is a book I have wanted to read for ages but have never got around to picking up. Having loved the BBC TV series and having a professional interest this book really appealed to me on so many levels, so when I saw it sitting there on my shelf over Christmas I could resist no long.

Call the Midwife documents Jennifer’s first year as a midwife in the East End of London and is told in an interesting and easy to read style, which flows perfectly through the many aspects of her life. While the books contains some medical jargon/knowledge in relation to both nursing and midwifery, Jennifer has made sure to explain everything in a way that is both easy to understand and interesting to the reader.

Call the Midwife had me hooked from page one and I found myself sitting up late at night just so I could read some more as the book was written in such a way that I could vividly imagine the sort of scenes Jennifer came across in her practice. Having recently had my second child and being a nurse myself, I really did find this book interesting and it amazes me how much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time. I know for certain I am glad I am a nurse today and not having to deal with the kind of conditions seen back in the post war years.

Jennifer managed to catch the essence of her colleagues and patients in such a way that I could not help but feel that I knew them and that I was there with them. I loved reading about the patients and their backgrounds, as well as having an insight into the births of so many children. The BBC’s adaptation of Call the Midwife is so true to the book., something which actually really surprised me, and I really enjoyed reading more in-depth some of the situations which were used in the show.

This book really is an extraordinary and thought provoking read and I feel it should be a must read book for all student midwives/nurses, but it is also a book which anybody can read and would enjoy. I know I shall be reading the next two books in series to further delve into the lives of midwives and nurses in the 50s as this was such an enjoyable and touching book, which creates lasting visions in the mind of the reader.



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Call the Midwife
Jennifer Worth
Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction. Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated, but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

McFly – Unsaid Things…Our Story – Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter

McFly – Unsaid Things…Our Story – Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter

In the run up to McFly’s 10th anniversary as one of Britain’s best loved boy bands, they finally decided to tell their story from the beginning. Each of the guys takes it in turn to share their memories and stories of their rise to fame and how they have ended up becoming the best of friends as well as band mates.

Now i’m not embarrassed to say I love a bit of McFly. They remind me of my teenage years, and just so happen to have some damn right catchy tunes! And I for one can not wait to see them joined up the guys from Busted this summer. So when I saw this book on Amazon I just had to read it (I love an autobiography)! The book takes turns with each of the guys having the opportunity to tell their story in their own down to earth jokey way. Each chapter is from the point of view of a different member of McFly, something which I absolutely loved as it enabled me to see events from each of their different view points.

The book follows the band from day one and the days before McFly and provides us with background information of each of the guys and their very different backgrounds and upbringings. The book was well written, well paced and informative, with enough humour to give me a good giggle at times. It was an easy read which I found myself unable to put down and which I enjoyed from start to finish.

This is a must read for any McFly fans! You will not be disappointed!

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Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter
Transworld Digital

Prepare to meet the real McFly .

In 2003, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter came together and formed what would become one of the most popular and successful bands in the UK. Just teenagers at the time, they were catapulted into the limelight and had to adapt quickly to their new-found fame - and everything that came with it. Now, at last, they have decided to tell their story, in full and revealing detail.

Speaking with candour and their trademark humour, Tom, Danny, Harry and Dougie share both the stories of their own lives and that of McFly. They give their personal insights into their contrasting childhoods, the individual paths that led them to the band, the struggles they have each overcome, their love lives and, of course, their music.

Packed with previously untold stories, a lot of laughter and the occasional tear, Unsaid Things offers a privileged look into the lives of four guys who started out as bandmates and became best friends. Their unique camaraderie radiates from every page and by the end of the book, you'll know them almost as well as they know each other .

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