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How to Be a Rock Star

THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER

‘Candid, brilliant and bizarre’ Guardian

‘Stories about the frontman and his bandmates are legion … [like] Peter Kay with menaces’ The Sunday Times

As lead singer of Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder was the Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of his generation. A true rebel, who formed and led not one but two seminal bands, he’s had number-one albums, headlined Glastonbury, toured the world numerous times, taken every drug under the sun, been through rehab – and come out the other side as a national treasure.

Now, for the first time, Shaun lifts the lid on the real inside story of how to be a rock star. With insights from three decades touring the world, which took him from Salford to San Francisco, from playing working men’s clubs to headlining Glastonbury and playing in front of the biggest festival crowd the world has ever seen, in Brazil, in the middle of thunderstorm. From recording your first demo tape to having a number-one album, Shaun gives a fly-on-the-wall look at the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – warts and all: how to be a rock star – and also how not to be a rock star.

From numerous Top of the Pops appearances to being banned from live TV, from being a figurehead of the acid-house scene to hanging out backstage with the Rolling Stones, Shaun has seen it all. In this book he pulls the curtain back on the debauchery of the tour bus, ridiculous riders, run-ins with record companies, drug dealers and the mafia, and how he forged the most remarkable comeback of all time.

‘There are enough stories about Happy Mondays to keep people talking about them forever. Bands live on through the myth really, myth and legend’ (Steve Lamacq)

The Beauty of Living Twice

THE TIMES #1 BESTSELLER

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of Vogue‘s Best Books to Read in 2021
One of O Magazine‘s 55 Most Anticipated Books of 2021
One of Marie Claire‘s 25 Best 2021 Memoirs to Pre-Order Now

‘Electrifying.’ The Sunday Times

‘A glorious, rogue, raw account … It is funny; it is shocking; it is good.’ The Times


‘Dangerous, alluring and misunderstood: Sharon Stone remains one of our best ever movie stars … Her new book serves as a spectacular reminder of the outrageous fun of her Nineties fame and why she is more than due for contemporary respect.’ Independent


‘Brawler, hillbilly, misfit, thief – the actress’s memoir of her hardscrabble life, The Beauty of Living Twice, is a feast of yarns and jokes.’ Daily Telegraph

‘While [The Beauty of Living Twice] contains some startling personal revelations, equally affecting is Stone’s warmth and grace, qualities that, by the end, feel quite miraculous . . . Writing with zeal and urgency, Stone argues for a stronger legal system, for rape kits on police shelves to be processed, for better training for teachers and paediatricians. Above all, she offers a hopeful glimpse of life beyond trauma . . . The Beauty of Living Twice promises the possibility of improvement or redemption, of compassion and understanding, of living honestly.’ The Washington Post

Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, she chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

Over the course of these intimate pages, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a business that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love.

Stone made headlines not just for her talent and beauty, but for her candour and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded, and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice, and speak out.

D.A.A.S.

Under the guise of his alter ego Flacco, Paul Livingston once basked in the reflected glory of Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler, and their anarchic comedy incarnation, the Doug Anthony All-Stars. At their peak D.A.A.S. teetered on international greatness, and Paul teetered with them, until that teeter was abruptly toppled in 1994.

Flacco and Paul now find themselves wrenched out of comfortable but obscure retirement to tread the boards again with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott – but this time as part of D.A.A.S., playing to sell-out crowds across Australia.

As a fly on the pungent walls of D.A.A.S. dressing-rooms over the decades, Paul Livingston has lived and played alongside these men, probing their depths and shallows. In D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall he reveals all – their rise, disappearance and rebirth – and interviews their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers.

In 2016 the bad old men of Australian comedy dared to venture back to where it all began thirty years ago – the Edinburgh Festival.

Can they recapture the magic? Will anyone remember them?