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Sharon Osbourne was born in London in 1952. She is married to rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and has three children: Aimee, Kelley and Jack. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Buckinghamshire.
Rock matriarch Osbourne's memoir is the U.K.'s top-selling biography of all time, selling more than 600,000 copies when it was released there in 2005. It's the kind of book that even nonreaders can't put down. The feisty, two-fisted, expletive-spouting wife of Ozzy Osbourne has lead an extremely volatile life, and Paul M. Thompson's abridgment leaves very little space for listeners to catch their breath. "I tell it like it is," she says. "I've heard it, seen it and done it before you were born." There is certainly no lack of drama with her frank retelling of a life dealing with domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, three miscarriages, several robberies, overdoses, comas and chemotherapy. The extreme abridgment (it's half the length of most abridged audios) often robs listeners of some of Osbourne's most powerful and raw observations, especially near the end when dealing with her cancer and an accident that nearly kills Ozzy. But Osbourne's chipper reading makes for an outstanding listening experience. Simultaneous release with the Springboard hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 28). (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'I have been kept awake for the past two nights, utterly gripped by Sharon's story . . . She makes Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain et all look like kiddies at a tea party, overdosing on fizzy drinks . . . she is radiant, confident, assertive and glamorous. And enormously successful, having turned Ozzy's career into a multimillion-dollar global industry, having recovered from colon cancer herself, and having finally seen her husband do a year without a drink. She is totally phenomenal' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT (IRELAND) 'An emotional roller-coaster read. If you thought you'd already had a warts-and-all look at the Osbournes, think again. Sharon's frank memoirs lift the lid on what really goes on in their crazy house. Her wickedly infectious sense of humour sparkles on every page, so when you're not wiping away a tear, you'll be laughing at her funny observations on life' B MAGAZINE 'Sharon has beaten cancer, starred in the X Factor, and been the steely heart of The Osbournes, that jaw-dropping real-life soap opera of a genuinely loving family . . . vividly captured here in this pungent and distinctive autobiography' SUNDAY TIMES 'She is currently scaling the heights of a career that has now surpassed her famous husband, and this is Sharon's story. Explicit in detail with her characteristically fruitful turn of phrase, this book will have you laughing out loud' WOMAN'S WAY 'The story of how Sharon got where she is today is truly unputdownable' IRISH TIMES 'Fiesty, hardworking and passionate, Sharon is one tough cookie- and when you read about her unusual and often extremely tough life, you'll understand why.' HEAT 'Refreshingly candid.' GLAMOUR