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Ticket to the World

By: Martin Kemp
Narrated by: Colin Mace,Martin Kemp
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Summary

Ticket to the World is a joyous, nostalgic celebration of 80s culture from one man at the centre of it all.

New Year’s Eve, 1979. My family and I stand arm in arm around our Formica kitchen table, counting down to the new decade with each televised chime of Big Ben. We have no idea what is about to hit us, no idea of the seismic waves of change approaching.

The 80s transformed life as we knew it. Music, style and culture exploded in a haze of dayglo colour. There were hardships, but there were opportunities too. And I lived through – and helped to shape – Britain’s last real youth movement.

Ticket to the World is my time-warp trip down memory lane, reliving that truly unforgettable decade. Join me as I recall what it was like to lead the New Romantics, stay up all night at the Blitz with Sade and Boy George, travel the world with Spandau Ballet and contribute to the era-defining Live Aid.

So, grab that glass of Babycham and let’s toast the very best of the 80s: the creativity and the culture, the fashion and the fun!

©2022 Martin Kemp (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A brilliant storyteller." (James O’Brien)

"Celebrates the 80s as the decade that made him." (Guardian)

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Why didn't Martin Kemp narrate his own story?

have rarely been so disappointed by a book. I preorded this title as being a teenager during the 80's and a music lover thought this book would help me relive that time.

I couldn't believe that Martin Kemp didn't narrate this himself, it was very strange listening to a autobiography written in the first person being read by someone else - very disappointed!!!!

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Interesting look back , shame Martin doesn’t narrate it

Interesting look back at my era .

Would have been better if it was Martin’s voice narrating it .
Felt a bit cheated it wasn’t read by him because it is very good .

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content was ok

shame the author didn't voice it himself. Too busy I expect ! it took away a lot of the feasibility of the book for me

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boring

I like Martin Kemp but it was quite boring. The 1st chapter was read by Martin then repeated again by the other narrator. Why repeat the same thing. A very short book as well, which to be honest I was glad as I was willing it to end. Sorry Martin nothing against you I admire you, your family and your music and your acting etc. Great bloke. But the book was boring. Sorry.

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:/

Bought it thinking Kemp’s wonderful voice would inspire me and make for a super interesting story, but the narrator is so straight laced I can’t put the story and the narrator together, they don’t match!

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Disappointed

I was bored, and didn't finish. Martin should have narrated. I was looking forward

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Disappointing

I was looking forward to settling down and listening to Marin Kemps story. Sadly it was narrated by a dull and very underwhelming voice. Very disappointing as this could have been very interesting . I gave up after the first couple of chapters!

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Loved it but…..

It would have been so much better if Martin Kemp narrated.
Other than that a good insight into the band at the time of there biggest. Shocked to hear that Tony Hadley had a tough time throughout.
Although I was a Duran Duran fan..

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A Fantastic Trip Back to the 80s

Thank you.
listened ro this on holiday. Loved the way it went through the years. I left school in 1980 and it really took me back to what were great years and memories.

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Agree with the others

Such a shame that Martin didn’t read this book. As it is I couldn’t get past the first chapter. Such a disconnect between Martin’s story and the narrator. No feelings / emotions come through at all.
I’ll buy the hard copy of this and let my head hear his voice as I read.