A Better Me

A Better Me

By Gary Barlow

  • Release Date : 2018-10-04
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 10.07 MB
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A Better Me **The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller**

Gary Barlow is one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, but fifteen years ago, as he himself admits, he hit rock bottom - he was out of shape, out of work and depressed.

Faced with an underperforming solo career, tireless media taunts and the other cruel twists of fate, Gary turned to food. For nine years, he struggled with his weight and went on every diet imaginable before eventually asking a doctor what the 'cure' for obesity was. That was when he realised that he would have to change his life dramatically.

So how did he go from an obese, out-of-work pop star to becoming a hugely successful superstar of music and TV, as well an accomplished musical songwriter and producer who is full of vitality, fitter, happier and more successful than ever before?

In this extraordinarily honest memoir, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success, as well as mental and physical health. A Better Me is a remarkably frank account of Gary's life as he battled with his demons, endured personal tragedy, and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in decades. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, Gary recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating sincerity and a human side that people rarely see.

From returning with a critically and commercially successful Take That and reigniting his own legendary songwriting career, going beyond recorded music to forge success on TV with The X Factor and Let It Shine, to overcoming his weight problems and crippling obsession with food, this is the story of how Gary found balance in both his personal and professional life.

Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, more open, honest and raw than ever before.

Reviews

  • As expected, a great book

    4
    By Ian - Basingstoke
    Having always been a big fan of this man’s musical talent, I was keen to read this book as soon as it came out, especially having read the previous biography which was like a prequel to this. Indeed, I bought the audiobook - read by the man himself (which, I hasten to add, added so much more to the experience). For the most part I’ve really enjoyed A Better Me. It’s a great, inspiring, addictive read, spanning from the break up of TT, covering the barrage of abuse showered on him by everyone (especially RW) during the “fat”/wilderness years, the regrouping of TT and the subsequent massive success following Patience and Beautiful World, the X Factor, the Diamond Jubilee etc. It’s all covered. The period describing the family’s coping with the death of stillborn Poppy is incredibly sensitive, emotional and moving. A fantastic all round read. If I had one single criticism it would be the incessant reference to food. I know it’s played a massive part in Gary’s life - for better and for worse - but after a while those repetitive details caused me switch off. That said, overall it’s a great read, interesting, sensitive, humorous, - it covers all emotions - and I would highly recommend it.

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