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Denise Van Outen, original '90s 'ladette', West End star and primetime TV favourite, reveals for the first time the true story of grit and graft beneath the famous Essex sparkle.

In this refreshingly candid memoir, Denise speaks openly and sensitively about her roller-coaster career, her struggles in a past high-profile relationship and the betrayal she suffered at the hands of those once closest to her, with the hope that in doing so, she can help empower others to avoid and overcome similar difficulties.

Denise shot to fame on The Big Breakfast in her early 20s. After a decade grafting through lower-profile TV work, she was finally living the dream. However her life soon turned into a nightmare off-screen and behind the headlines as her heart was broken in a very public relationship, whilst her every move was printed in the tabloids thanks to her phone being tapped. Eventually she accepted an offer to play Roxie in Chicago which turned out to be life-changing. The role took her to Broadway, where she caught the eye of one Andrew Lloyd Webber, eventually landing a judging role on Any Dream Will Do, which saw her rise back to primetime and the career that she loves, where she has stayed and flourished.

Now, in her first memoir, Denise tells her story with disarming candour, unafraid to reveal vulnerabilities beneath the cheerful exterior. Tackling difficult subjects of corrosive self-doubt, betrayal, invasions of privacy and professional struggles, interjected with the familiar humour that we all know and love, A Bit of Me is personal, at times raw, often mischievous and always compelling. Denise has lived the life, learned the lessons, and Basildon to Broadway and back is a hell of a journey.

©2021 Denise Van Outen (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Uneventful read.

Tedious read. Very dissatisfied. Denise not a writer by a long shot. Shame as talented otherwise.

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Easy listening

Easy listening and on the whole fairly interesting.
I will say that Denise obviously doesn’t want to harshly blame anyone in this book for stuff that’s gone on but she doesn’t want to take responsibility for it either. ! !!!

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sounded like she was bored!

Denise read it like she was reading a school text book, not a riveting read, struggled to get to the end.

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A very truthful read

I really enjoyed this account of Denise Van Outen’s life from childhood to the present day.
It’s very honest and open which can’t have been easy at times.
Well done Denise, you really are the Essex girl that broke the stereotype.
I hope you find the love you deserve.

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I can only hear up to chapter 4.

I cannot hear all the book. How do I download it again? It says delete and reload???????

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Wow ❤️🌈

What a fantastic listen ❤️ always loved Denise since watching big breakfast before school and now 42

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Enjoyable read

Really enjoyed this book! I remember watching Denise growing up on the Tele. Loved hearing her voice on the only way is Essex. Such an interesting life and hardworking women!

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A bit of me great listening

Had a great time chatting with Denise. That is how I felt with her book. She is a genuine lovely person and I throughly enjoyed it.

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Inspiring

Couldn't put this down, I needed to know all of the story in one hit.. I love how Denise has been in depth about her life, but also kind about how she has portrayed even the people who have hurt her.. She hasn't come across as a victim, instead she has been an inspiration...

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Quite a surprise

Never exactly been a fan of Denise but after listening to this book I am now! Didn't know what to expect but was curious so decided to purchase the book. I really enjoyed it! Well read and very interesting. So glad I didn't pass it by.