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George : A Memory of George Michael - Sean Smith

George

A Memory of George Michael

Paperback

Published: 20th November 2017
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George is the story of two lives – the private man and the public legend.

Georgios Panayiotou was just eighteen when he decided to adopt the stage name of George Michael. Sometimes his two worlds would collide with shattering consequences.

Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has gone back to the neighbourhoods of North London to trace the astonishing journey of a sensitive but determined boy who grew up to be one of the biggest British pop stars of all time.

Along the way, he talks to those close to George, revealing the real man – funny, articulate, intelligent and generous spirited – who hid behind the powerful image he created.

He reveals the complex relationship with his high-achieving Greek-Cypriot father; the unconditional love of his mother; his teenage relationships with girls; and his first tragic love affair with another man.

George's career began falteringly with a schoolboy band, exploded with Wham! before he became a solo phenomenon. But at the height of his fame, the world seemed to turn against him. Smith describes his despair at losing the two people who mattered most, how he sought consolation in drugs, his notorious ‘coming out' and how he ended up in jail.

His health failed him and he died heartbreakingly alone on Christmas Day, 2016.

Affectionate yet honest and moving, George is both a celebration of George Michael's music and a lasting tribute to a decent and much-loved man.

About the Author

Sean Smith is the UK's leading celebrity biographer and the author of six Sunday Times bestsellers, with his titles being translated throughout the world. Described by the Independent as a ‘fearless chronicler', he specialises in meticulous research, going ‘on the road' to find the real person behind the star image.

Praise for George:

`A celebration of his life, as well as his music. Brill.' Closer

`Incredibly moving insight into a man who is without doubt part of the soundtrack to my childhood' - Shelley Fallows at Lovereading

Praise for Adele:

`Fans will be engrossed' OK Magazine

Praise for Kim:

"A kind but astute biography. Four stars." Mail on Sunday

"An honest account offering a unique insight on the Krazy world of the Kardashians." The Sun

Praise for Tom Jones:

"Jaunty and well-researched ... the most complete and entertaining portrait of the Welsh superstar to date" - The Mail on Sunday (Event Magazine)

"A lavishly appointed, no-holds-barred biography." - MailOnline

ISBN: 9780008252922
ISBN-10: 0008252920
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th November 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.49