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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1St Edition edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340938498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340938492
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There's little doubt Billie's successfully made the difficult leap from teenybopper popster to acclaimed actress. But what's more astonishing is that the ambitious young girl left school without a GCSE to her name, battled anorexia and married at 18 came out of it all as a dignified, warm, talented woman.' Daily Express 'Billie is a remarkable woman and for the first time lifts the lid on her life to date with astonishing honesty.' The Sun 'Finally, a young star's autobiography that justifies the hundreds of pages' Daily Telegraph 'Why can't more stars be like honest Billie?' Independent on Sunday 'Funny and life-affirming.' Glamour 'A compelling read, full of shock revelations' Woman

About the Author

Billie Piper was born in Swindon in 1983. In her first career, starting at age fifteen, she had seven top five hit singles in five years, including three number ones. At eighteen, she married TV presenter Chris Evans in Las Vegas. She has recently appeared in BBC productions of The Canterbury Tales, Much Ado About Nothing and most famously, as Rose in Doctor Who. She was voted Most Popular Actress at the National Television Awards in 2005 and won The Times' Breakthrough Award in 2006. Billie lives in North London.

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Seriously quite an inspirational and intersting story.
Rachel Taylor
I think we call can relate to that and this books helps you look inside her life and realize she is much like the rest of us.
Kelly I. Johnston
I've only had time to read the first 2 chapters, but so far so good!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sci-fi and history reader on March 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What prompted me into ordering this book through Amazon was the Season 2 finale of the current Dr. Who series. Billie Piper's performance was astounding to me. Of all the previous seasons of the show and all the previous companions, her farewell with David Tennant was by far the most emotional scene in the show's history where the viewer actually felt empathy with the characters. Her acting and character development throughout the second season drew me into this science fiction series much more than it had in the first season. Note: Am still a Tom Baker and John Pertwee Dr Who fan at heart.

So the question is, how did she become such a good actress? Being an American male not interested in teen music, I completely missed her performance and songs as a British teen music star in the 1990's, though I vaguely remember the top 40 radio stations having her songs competing against an up and coming Britney. This book starts with her very brief childhood and describes the very difficult times trying to balance the family life and expectations of being a pop star touring and performing for months on end.

The personal toll of relationships, loss of privacy and her decline in health is told. After reading her book, what becomes very apparent is how she lost her childhood. She missed the opportunity of being an "average teen", to live life without any worries. The demands of constantly being on tour resulted in the lack of many basic social skills that we take for granted. Simple things such as cooking one's food, driving a car, or being able to relax read a good book (and a fine one this is) did not happen until she was married and was able to distance herself from the demands of being a pop star.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Arnold on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This autobiography by Billie Piper is honest and straight from the heart. My interest started when I saw her on Doctor Who. I can see how Billie Piper makes a good Rose Tyler. Billie Piper shows how real she is and that she is more than just a celebrity. I highly recommend this book for any honest Billie Piper fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2011
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I bought this book second-hand, looking to better understand the actor who played Rose on the Doctor Who series. I began reading it in an Oregon airport and didn't stop reading until I'd reached Juneau, Alaska. Why was the book so compelling? I guess I just didn't expect an autobiography written by someone so young - famous or not - to be so deep; it was potent heart-wrench.

For anyone entertaining the idea of reading this book, here's the breakdown: As far as fluidity, this book is a pretty easy read. There's a bit of British slang, which for Americans may cause a few pauses in reading. But aside from that, it's pretty easy and flows well. This book is also written as a 5 act play, with the timeline rearranged; act one, for example, starts with Billie as 15 years old, and act two covers Billie's birth, etc. Moreover, while the author is fairly young, and not a writer by trade, she does do a pretty good job creating her perceived world in words.

This book is raw at times. More often, this book inspires genuine hopelessness: as the writer's dealings with anorexia, suicide, death. And yet, other times, this book is desperately romantic with grand gestures, like sports cars filled to the brim with roses. It really is an alloy of emotions.

I write it again: this book is worth a read. And while it's not the best thing I've ever read, I'd recommend it to a friend--especially a true Doctor Who friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on February 4, 2011
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I come into this with a bias, as I'm a Billie Piper fan (though if you're not, why would you be reading it?), but I enjoyed the book very much. She's often said in interviews that she's more interested in doing good work than in gaining fame, and her story tells you why.

Her story isn't sugarcoated or whitewashed, but she's fair to all parties. In fact, the person who receives the harshest treatment is often the author herself, something you rarely see in this kind of memoir.

The tone is casual but honest, and that's what makes the journey from ambitious youth to manufactured pop star, the fall from grace, and eventual rebirth as both actress and fully actualized person so compelling. The words lift from the page conversationally, not as a carefully crafted PR piece.

From one fan to another, I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rabbit on July 11, 2008
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You might think there wouldn't be enough for a very young adult to write a huge autobiography about, that's what I thought. But I was wrong! It is full of fascinating details on her life so far. Drugs (and not the kind you might think), anorexia, how she fell into a singing career very early on when her passion is and has always been acting, taking care of young siblings when her mom kinda flaked out, marriage, etc. I bought this book simply because I was a fan of hers from Dr. Who. I was very pleasantly surprised that this is an excellent book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy A. Lebaron on August 30, 2008
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This book surprised me A LOT. I never knew Billie Piper went through so much (example: anorexia). Also, being American, I never knew QUITE how famous she really was. And is, I guess. It is also a good perspective on just how difficult "fame" is. A girl following her dreams turns into a suffering anorexic, unable to break an addiction. I loved this book, despite the grim details included in this review. I also find it amazing that somebody so young can fill up so many pages about her life!! It just shows how detailed the book is. I highly recommend this book.
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