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  1. 4 out of 5

    peppersocks

    Reflections and lessons learned: “For some parts of my career I’ve had to be my own cheerleader…” Growing up in the 80s, Blue Peter and young mom childhood association; indie kid and 90s clubbing and dating; gigs, house/dance and pop music and dancing in fields; family; setting up on your own in life and taking risks; motherhood… I mostly enjoy the music, singing and dancing, and clothes (and have danced along a few times live (rocking back and forth as though the video was stuttering!) as well as Reflections and lessons learned: “For some parts of my career I’ve had to be my own cheerleader…” Growing up in the 80s, Blue Peter and young mom childhood association; indie kid and 90s clubbing and dating; gigs, house/dance and pop music and dancing in fields; family; setting up on your own in life and taking risks; motherhood… I mostly enjoy the music, singing and dancing, and clothes (and have danced along a few times live (rocking back and forth as though the video was stuttering!) as well as some kitchen discos) but, as ever, it’s the approach to life that makes her so easy to like and admire - the love for making her own path by indulging in joy, eccentricity and guilty pleasures as well as admitting the daft mistakes - she owns it all with a contemporary adjusted poise each time but only if it suits. Fabulous and I’m a fan… “Why does it feel so good? It bloody doesn’t!”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I adore Sophie and this was a lovely treat, some good anecdotes and she comes across lovely.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    It was really difficult for me to rate this book. The first third was a solid 4 star, then some little bits started to creep in which were a 2 star, then up to a 3, but I can’t be true to myself unless I rate it as a 2 as overall as this book made me quite cross. It’s the privilege. The earnest writing. The writing by numbers “I am privileged but let’s do a sympathetic shout out for those who not.” I think this is summed up most in the page about September 11th (and also the bit about not having It was really difficult for me to rate this book. The first third was a solid 4 star, then some little bits started to creep in which were a 2 star, then up to a 3, but I can’t be true to myself unless I rate it as a 2 as overall as this book made me quite cross. It’s the privilege. The earnest writing. The writing by numbers “I am privileged but let’s do a sympathetic shout out for those who not.” I think this is summed up most in the page about September 11th (and also the bit about not having a room in the house to work in although her husband has his own studio - please check yourself, Sophie), no spoilers but such a weird rhetoric. As I say, her career beginnings are interesting but also quite “poor me” despite living in a very wealthy way and essentially getting spotted in a club because of her good looks, then realising (almost spontaneously) that she can sing. I really feel for anyone who is trying desperately to hone their craft reading about experiences like this. The other part which made me rate it so low is the shockingly poor editing; so much repetition. Why not keep it concise and relevant to the point in hand instead of repeating a sentence from a previous chapter? This is also coupled with the amount of typing errors (it felt like I was reading a proof but it was bought from Amazon about 4 months after release…). Even the acknowledgements section had a bizarre repeat thanks to someone. She seems like a nice person but just utterly out of the loop with the world due to how everything has landed on a plate for her. Good for her; however please don’t try and tell me how hard life can be while having the privilege. It really leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steve Tucker

    A very open and honest tale from the star of the ‘KitchenDisco’ which entertained so many during lockdown. Sophie Ellis Bexter writes with feeling and honesty about growing up as the daughter of a famous tv mom, her parents divorce, her subsequent relationships with her extended family,her teenage years spent exploring her musical talents and her journey to arrival on the musical world stage. She speaks openly and passionately about being a working first time mum and her growing family in the fo A very open and honest tale from the star of the ‘KitchenDisco’ which entertained so many during lockdown. Sophie Ellis Bexter writes with feeling and honesty about growing up as the daughter of a famous tv mom, her parents divorce, her subsequent relationships with her extended family,her teenage years spent exploring her musical talents and her journey to arrival on the musical world stage. She speaks openly and passionately about being a working first time mum and her growing family in the following years, all the while building her successful career as one of the music world’s most entertaining stars. A refreshing and enjoyable read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    If I had to try and summarise this book with a word it would be 'Lovely', it has a warm, homely friendly feel to it as though you are chatting with a friend. The title also does a very good job of summing up the book as the majority of the book is about how Sophie balances motherhood and her career. Each chapter has a theme; Music, Me, Men or Motherhood. It's a chronological autobiography but sometimes there is overlap of chapters where Sophie might be talking about her music career during a cert If I had to try and summarise this book with a word it would be 'Lovely', it has a warm, homely friendly feel to it as though you are chatting with a friend. The title also does a very good job of summing up the book as the majority of the book is about how Sophie balances motherhood and her career. Each chapter has a theme; Music, Me, Men or Motherhood. It's a chronological autobiography but sometimes there is overlap of chapters where Sophie might be talking about her music career during a certain period but then the next chapter will focus upon her relationships during that period. Sophie comes across as lovely lady who is unaffected by her fame with her feet firmly on the ground. She chats openly about motherhood, past and present relationships and her music career. I found the pages about her pre-Groovejet music career to be particularly interesting as that wasn't something I was familiar with. Sophie also chats honestly about her experience raising 5 children and also her relationships both good and bad. I liked that she also included a bit about the lockdown kitchen discos. Highly recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I’ve adored Sophie since I first heard “Murder on the Dancefloor” back when it was originally released. Her first 4 albums are the soundtracks to my early teens and even now in my 30s. I truly enjoyed reading Spinning Plates. It felt genuinely honest and full of warmth. I loved reading what went into her writing some of her most popular hits and her switch to a more traditional pop music but with her great twist. I greatly enjoy reading auto/biographies are singers, bands, and musicians and Soph I’ve adored Sophie since I first heard “Murder on the Dancefloor” back when it was originally released. Her first 4 albums are the soundtracks to my early teens and even now in my 30s. I truly enjoyed reading Spinning Plates. It felt genuinely honest and full of warmth. I loved reading what went into her writing some of her most popular hits and her switch to a more traditional pop music but with her great twist. I greatly enjoy reading auto/biographies are singers, bands, and musicians and Sophie’s is one the best I have read. Now I’m off to have my own Kitchen Disco dance around to her music.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Mckellar

    Brilliant read Well I just loved this book. So many things resonated with me when I was younger and so insecure. I never had any confidence in myself and honestly thought everyone was better than me. Even when I started working I would think would love to do that job but again no confidence. I love how Sophie is so open about her life and relationships. So glad fate brought her and Richard together. Sophie is a remarkable woman with a busy career and five children. After reading this book I have Brilliant read Well I just loved this book. So many things resonated with me when I was younger and so insecure. I never had any confidence in myself and honestly thought everyone was better than me. Even when I started working I would think would love to do that job but again no confidence. I love how Sophie is so open about her life and relationships. So glad fate brought her and Richard together. Sophie is a remarkable woman with a busy career and five children. After reading this book I have so much respect for her.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole Leslie

    Listened to the audio book on a couple of long journeys. It’s fun. Narrated by Sophie, it’s a very honest and self aware account of her life to date. I found it quite uplifting. She’s had her challenges but has a genuine sense of humour that both makes some hard hitting points as well as giving a realistic account of her faults and challenges. It’s inspirational and energising in a way that “inspirational” books are not. Perfect for a car journey.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul Durie

    Some funny, interesting and surprisingly dark moments in this autobiography but there's a lot of repetition and about 1/3 of the book is talking about babies and families and the majority of that isn't too exciting. Some funny, interesting and surprisingly dark moments in this autobiography but there's a lot of repetition and about 1/3 of the book is talking about babies and families and the majority of that isn't too exciting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pixie

    Quite honestly one of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read, I live SEB, she’s warm and honest and very funny. It’s a massive thumbs up from me every fan should read this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bobbelina

    Loved this but mainly because I adore Sophie myself-- very down to earth lady. Check out her podcast too- Spinning plates- very inspirational conversations.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    A quick, fun read with a lot of warmth.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

    Sophie narrates her book with wit & honesty. It felt like I was part of her girl gang. A fascinating insight into a singer who I knew little about.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John Robertson

    Book of lives and lies....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Piper Winchester

    Honest, nice and a fun read. Sophie is adorable and she puts her heart into this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Felix Gomez

    My god how much more can you talk about children. Loved the first half, but is it sexist that I'm so tired of reading about being pregnant over and over again? Cancel me, idgaf. My god how much more can you talk about children. Loved the first half, but is it sexist that I'm so tired of reading about being pregnant over and over again? Cancel me, idgaf.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris Finn

    4*. I enjoyed this book. She seems to live a nice homely life. Nice to here. Famous people usually have a bit of going of the rails. But she seems to have managed nicely without that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mina

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Sophie is very honest, relatable and down to Earth. It's interesting to learn more about her background and I love that through it all she's stayed humble. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Sophie is very honest, relatable and down to Earth. It's interesting to learn more about her background and I love that through it all she's stayed humble.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    This is a lovely read! Sophie seems really down to earth, level headed and family orientated. I’d recommend to fans!

  20. 5 out of 5

    LizLovesBooks

    A fab read

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rea Harper

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pedro

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Wallis

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fergal Dunne

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Younger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs FIA Kolek

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lake

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