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Delia Smith: The Biography Paperback – October 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233050809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233050805
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,237,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Bowyer is a top show business journalist who has worked for national newspapers for many years. She started working on Fleet Street at the age of 19, as a reporter working on the Sunday Mirror and the Mail on Sunday. She later joined the staff of the Sun as a feature writer before going freelance in 1990. She is a regular contributor to numerous national newspapers and magazines, writing about some of the biggest names in show business. She has also written the biography of Noel Edmonds.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Delia Smith is a British icon, so famous in her own country that Brits know her simply by her first name. It seems that her fame has not spread to America but it is sufficient to say here that she established her reputation as a host of TV cookery programs. She has also written plenty of cookery books. Delia does not claim to be a great cook but she has a way of explaining cookery so that normal people can understand. After becoming very wealthy, she took over ownership of the soccer club she supports (Norwich City) so, being a woman in a man's world, has became famous with sports fans.

Delia's famous plea (the title of my review) to Norwich City fans in 2005 came several years too late for inclusion in this biography, but it proved (if proof were needed) that Delia is as passionate about her soccer as she is about the cookery that made her famous. Because of the timing of this book's publication, it only covers the early part of Delia's ownership of the club she has supported for more than three decades.

The author wrote this book without any help from Delia or her husband. As such, this is not the definitive Delia biography but I wonder if that will ever be written because it is clear that Delia doesn't like discussing some aspects of her life, especially her childhood in Bexleyheath. Of course, Delia is entitled to her privacy but it does limit the scope of this book. It seems that Delia has good reasons for not discussing her childhood because it seems that it wasn't an especially happy time, according to Delia's best friend at school.

Delia left Bexleyheath to seek a better future in London, sometimes doing two or three jobs at once.
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