ANYTHING GOES and I AM WHAT I AM by JOHN BARROWMAN with Carole E. Barrowman.
Two reviews for the price of one.
It's no big secret that I'm a big fan of John Barrowman (JB) so I was delighted to receive these two books as a present, the first bought thanks to a kind friend who gave me an Amazon voucher.
I don't read too many autobiographies as I have to have a real interest in that person and occasionally I've come away highly disappointed when the individual in question came across as a not too nice person. No such danger here, JB came across every bit as warm and charming a person as he seemed during interviews - his love of his family and partner, Scott, shining through.
Co-written by his elder sister Carole (an English professor at Alverno College, Wisconsin, USA), both books are well written, witty, intelligent and fairly concise - the fact that they are not written in any real chronological order giving them the feeling that you are sitting reminiscing with an old friend, flicking through their photo album (both books contain a fair amount) laughing at old times.
Both enjoyable reads, I couldn't possibly pick a favourite though in Anything Goes JB's private life was discussed slightly more than his public life whilst the reverse was probably true of I Am What I Am. However that said, to me personally, there could have been lots more of John the man as opposed to John the entertainer.
Highly recommended, I'm sure this will appeal to many people as JB has had such a varied career and is a great 'advertisement' for what it is to be in a committed, loving relationship after so many years in the public eye.