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Sean Smith
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Ed Sheeran

Sean Smith


Harper Collins

Rock & Pop music;
Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups;
Biography: arts & entertainment


320 pages

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Ed Sheeran is a true inspiration. His moving and uplifting songs forge a lasting connection with the millions of people around the world who love him and his music.

He was the thirteen-year-old guitarist in a school rock band when he decided to become a singer-songwriter, even though he could barely hold a tune and had never written a song. Within a year, he had recorded an album in his bedroom.

Bestselling biographer Sean Smith traces the astonishing journey of the shy little boy with a stammer who, avoiding flashy showmanship, grew up to be a global phenomenon.

Through compelling new research and interviews, he tells the story of Ed's remarkable mum and dad who gave their son the courage to pursue his dream, the friends and mentors who encouraged him and the lovers who inspired his most famous songs.

Smith describes the setbacks Ed faced before his fortunes were transformed by Elton John's management company, a record deal and a song that changed everything - with a little help from Taylor Swift.

Ed found it difficult to cope with the world at his feet, but a new relationship with a girl from his home town has brought him happiness and a fresh purpose in life.

Now he is the most successful solo star on the planet, earning GBP83 million last year. Yet in the middle of his record-breaking 2018 UK tour, he played for just 400 people at a charity night to raise money for the homeless.

As this captivating book reveals, there's no one quite like Ed.

By:   Sean Smith
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780008267520
ISBN 10:   0008267529
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sean Smith is the UK's leading celebrity biographer and the author of six Sunday Times best sellers including Cheryl, the definitive biography of Cheryl Cole. His books about the most famous people of our times have been translated throughout the world. His subjects include George Michael, Adele, Kim Kardashian, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Kate Middleton, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and J. K. Rowling. The film Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story was based on his biography of the Harry Potter author. Described by the Independent as a 'fearless chronicler', he specializes in meticulous research, going 'on the road' to find the real person behind the star image.

Praise for George: `A celebration of his life, as well as his music. Brill.' Closer `Incredibly moving insight into a man who is without doubt part of the soundtrack to my childhood' - Shelley Fallows at Lovereading Praise for Adele: `Fans will be engrossed' OK Magazine Praise for Kim: A kind but astute biography. Four stars. Mail on Sunday An honest account offering a unique insight on the Krazy world of the Kardashians. The Sun Praise for Tom Jones: Jaunty and well-researched ... the most complete and entertaining portrait of the Welsh superstar to date - The Mail on Sunday (Event Magazine) A lavishly appointed, no-holds-barred biography. - MailOnline

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