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Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell Hardcover – April 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345533941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533944
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster, and journalist. After earning a law degree he went on to become a producer and reporter for BBC Television for twenty-five years, where he covered war, politics, intelligence, and finance. He is the author of nineteen books, including biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Al Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, and Conrad Black. He lives in London, England.

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Customer Reviews

It bounces around alot and I just can't get into it!
Jen
It's difficult to separate the book from the man here but reviewing on that basis would be unfair!
J & K
Found it hard to read because it wasn't very well written and the story a bit tedious?
angie tinker

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on May 1, 2012
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Five stars for being well written. Four stars for content which is mainly about Cowell's career. This is not a gossip book, nor did I expect it to be. People with the really private stuff were pretty tight lipped. My only problem with the book is that it took itself so seriously. Simon's a funny guy. I expected a looser tone. A bit dry at times.

EDIT Went back to read a portion. Writing not as good as I remember: 3-4 stars. Book still 4 stars though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maries kindle on May 29, 2012
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What a load of rubbish.It is full of boring statistics page after page.I think the hype about his conquests was just to sell the book.I couldnt finish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reader on February 15, 2013
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You must be a fan of Simon's to stay with this biography. He is an interesting chap and I am a fan but there are some parts of the book that are too detailed with unwanted facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By munster1975 on December 20, 2012
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I thought ths book would herald all sorts of sordid details about Simons life but it failed to tell me anything tat I didn't already know disappointed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holy cow on October 21, 2012
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What a boring repetitive story line. This man has had nothing in his head except me me me his whole life this far. The only purpose this book serves is that one realizes afterwards how crooked all these shows are. I will not be watching any of it again!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Drew on June 23, 2012
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The book is a fun romp and easy to read - but the constant factual inaccuracies drove me crazy!

I'm a Brit TV producer now working in the US so even though I don't know Cowell I know this world fairly well.

Popstars: The Rivals didn't create two rival girl-bands - it was a boy band versus a girl band.

The second night of American Idol in the US didn't involve audience voting - that only happened when the show reached the live rounds (as every Idol fan knows). And there was a Top 10 not a Top 9.

Westlife (who were originally called Westside) have not scored three US number 1's - they've never actually had a real US hit

Simon Cowell's Cupid came out the year after Idol launched - not during the first season of the show

And these are just from the first 150 pages...!

Such a shame Bower couldn't have done a better job on his research!
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By mk on April 30, 2014
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Proverb at beginning of book:

"He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves."

And bury every copy still available of this book in the two graves. Then it might be revised and re-published with at least 50% of its content focused positively on how Simon Cowell has worked a thoroughly corrupt "entertainment industry" to the extent that something good and meaningful has actually come out of it, and that is: the experiences and opportunities that have been given to so many worthy and talented individuals, whom we, the public, would not otherwise have seen and heard. And we will remember them.
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By angie tinker on February 13, 2014
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Found it hard to read because it wasn't very well written and the story a bit tedious? Interesting subject though..
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