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True: The Autobiography of Martin Kemp (edition 2000)

by Mr Martin Kemp (Author)

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Title:True: The Autobiography of Martin Kemp
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Info:Orion mass market paperback (2000), 352 pages
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True: The Autobiography of Martin Kemp by Martin Kemp

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Originally bought in hardback when it first came out, had to repurchase in paperback this year - never give books away!

Martin Kemp is a pleasant, honest, genuine man, with just enough celebrity ('that guy in Spandau Ballet/that film about the Kray twins/EastEnders') to warrant an autobiography, but not enough to send him up his own backside. I found his story refreshing and endearing - as he tells it, he's 'not great at anything, but capable of everything'. Martin has been blessed in some ways - he joined his brother's band, and his celebrity connections have helped him get back on his feet - but he is also a hapless victim of circumstance (his worst 'rock 'n' roll drug 'trips' were both accidental!) He has a close bond with his family, and a soul connection with his strong and vibrant wife, Shirlie (her biography would be interesting, too), that has helped him overcome two brain tumours and make the transition, however successful, from pop stardom back to acting.

This biography is an open, anecdotal account of a life not yet fully lived, but always lived to the full - he has a vulnerable self-image, but his words are friendly and funny in the telling. Perhaps he overdoes the similes and metaphors, but then, he's not an author; primarily, he's a family man (this was written for his children originally) and a private person, which comes through. I wish him well. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Nov 22, 2008 |
My review would have been less positive if MK were not so hot.
THERE, I said it! I am shallow. Anyway, I always liked Duran Duran better. Duh.
Still waiting for John Taylor's autobiography...A five-star review GUARANTEED! ( )
  librarianarpita | Dec 11, 2007 |
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Writing his own story Martin Kemp talks frankly about his upbringing in working-class Islington, stardom and success with Spandau Ballet and the break up of the band. He writes openly about his film career, the huge success of The Krays, his tremendous fight against brain cancer and on to today with fame again in EastEnders. This is a stunningly written account of a fascinating life written with candour and wit. 'There are tears and laughter, and it's all told with honesty, style and unexpected humour. This inspiring tale reveals his hopes and fears as he battled for his life while trying to get his career back into the groove. It will have you glassy-eyed, torn between the Kleenex and digging out your old Spandau Ballet albums' The Mirror

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