As Is A Tale, So Is Life:

not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.


Review: All balls and glitter by Craig Revel Horwood

Balls and Glitter is Craig’s remarkable life story, beginning with the tale of his escape from his small-town home in Ballarat, Australia, aged just fifteen, to embark on a career as a song-anddance man (and drag queen), and revealing the intimate secrets of his straight marriage and gay relationships, as well as the treachery and heartbreak that accompanied them. Hear all the details of Craig’s fascinating career as a performer, choreographer, director and – most recently – as a TV star on Strictly, Fame Academy and Celebrity MasterChef. All Balls and Glitter is unmissable, packed with breathtaking backstage gossip and showbiz secrets from one of the most captivating men on television.

I’m not much of an autobiography reader. Those that I do read are usually authored by British comedians. It seems out of place then to be reading an autobiography of a dancer. Particularly one who’s most famous for being a picky judge on a TV based dance contest. You see, my partner is a huge fan of strictly come dancing and decided to indulge herself with reading of this text, once she had finished she left it lying around the house. Upon discovering the book, I read the first page with the aim of causing mischief; throwing out sarcastic comments. This isn’t something that I would normally do, but on this occasion decided to ignore the old adage of not judging a book by its cover. Craig Revel Horwood’s orange face, gaping grin and pure white teeth, combined with a banner that states “contains all the latest gossip” was enough for me to dismiss it as a trashy kiss and tell story. But after the first page and discovering it was an actual autobiography, I decided to give a chance. “I’ll read the first chapter” I told myself; “I’ll then unleash my attitude on her”. That one chapter was enough to hook me.

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The Woman in Black

Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

My first experience with the woman in Black was watching the film version that was released a few years ago – you know, the one with Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I like Daniel Radcliffe, but I can’t say with all honesty that the film was the best of experiences and certainly not one that I could bear to repeat. However, recently the local theatre had a touring production of the stage play and I was recommended it. “much better than the film” I was urged, “more in line with the book”. Dubiously, I took the recommendation and…loved it. It’s amazing what a little sound affect, lighting, imagination and three, that’s right three, actors can achieve. Anyway, the result of this saunter to the theatre was that my partner, having stood in line for almost the entirety of the intermission, managed to bag herself a signed edition of the novel. Some wouldn’t recommend reading the woman in Black at night especially before putting your head down, but for better or worse that is what I did:

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