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I inherited this autobiography from my sister when she had a clear out, and never one to refuse a book, I rehomed this one. I would not describe myself as a fan of Sharon Osbourne. I knew who she was, but I can't say I have ever sat and watched an episode of her TV show 'At Home with the Osbournes' or watched her when she has been a judge on the X-Factor. I know a little about her family being a bit unconventional, but I really didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book.
This autobiography covers life for Sharon from being born to being around 50 years of age. Written and published in 2005, this really is a no-holds barred look at the things that have happened in this woman's life, and she has really held nothing back.
The format of the book was a little hard to get used to. Rather than being entirely chronological, it starts pretty much in 2005 then flits back and forth between events in the distant past and the more recent events that people will be more aware of.
At first I found the book truly vulgar and very hard to follow - it really was like the ramblings of someone on some kind of drug trip flipping incoherently from event to event that had little meaning for me. I almost stopped reading. However, as I got more used to the style, I found myself like some sort of ghoul wanting to pick through the stories that Sharon was sharing.
There really does seem to be nothing that this woman has not experienced. From having a father who was unreliable and abusive, to her marriage to Ozzy which has been at times abusive, through addiction and touring with Ozzy, through becoming a mother to three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack, to Ozzy suffering a near fatal accident and eventually becoming sober, this woman really has gone through the mill.
Through her story I was amazed that she was still alive to tell the tale. Her life is like something from a film. This would be an 18 rated film. She relays stories about violence and drugs and it is just so natural to her, yet completely shocking to me reading it. Yet somehow, you can't help but like this strong woman who has really supported her husband in spite of a very challenging relationship through thick and thin, in sickness and health, for richer, for poorer. She is a true role model.
I didn't expect at the start that I would like this very much, but I can't help but liking the family dynamics and to really feel connected to Sharon on a motherly level. We are what we were brought into, and when you read about her experiences in childhood, you can't help but see how she fell into a relationship like it, but still fight for some normality for her own children. I might be really grossed out by some of the things being described, but it certainly was an interesting read, and covers such a large range of her life and events that are familiar and unfamilar to me.
As is the normal for autobiographies, their are glossy photos in the book. There are 3 sections that these photos appear. These are a mix of publicity shots and more candid family snaps. They span many decades and I always like looking at the family snaps to see how normal someone really is. I honestly prefer the ones where the family are looking really natural on holidays and relaxing, as they look similar to shots of my family throughout the decades. Awful fashion and dodgy hair styles are in abundance.
As someone who knew very little about the family, I did find it an enlightening read. I wouldn't say it was always enjoyable as some of the stuff is very deep. But there is a lot of hope throughout, and knowing that Ozzy is still sober and the couple are still very much together, it adds some extra meaning to it for me. I don't know whether I would recommend this book or not. I did get something out of reading it. I don't know if it would mean more if I were a true fan, or if I knew more of the background to the family and the era like my parents perhaps would, but it was well written and brutally honest. It would probably have been better for me in a more coherent manner but I guess that is the Osbourne factor.
When I was in my teens I couldn't help but become fascinated by the Osbourne family - Ozzy, his wife Sharon, and their children. The reason for this is their hugely successful 2002 MTV reality show "The Osbournes". It was the first fly-on-the-wall series about celebrities' lives, and it spawned a genre.
More than anyone, while watching the show, I was particularly interested in Sharon, there just seemed to be something about her; Sharon's personality seemed to light up the whole house, and she certainly had to be strong to be married to Ozzy. They've been married for nearly thirty years, and Sharon is a rock music manager, which I loved immediately!
So finally, last year I managed to buy a copy of Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography. I was expecting something great, and I wasn't disappointed.
At the beginning of the book, the title page tells you that it is written by Sharon Osbourne with Penelope Dening, so you are not fooled into thinking that Sharon had the time to write it all herself, unlike certain other celebrities.
Extreme... is shockingly and brutally honest, and it is absolutely hilarious. Every couple of pages I found something that made me laugh my socks off.
Aside from the lovely prologue, she tells her life story in chronological order, which is what I prefer in books.
What I am about to reveal about the book is nothing that hasn't been told in interviews.
She talks about her father Don Arlen, the manager of famous 1960s bands such as The Animals, and she describes what it was like growing up in that environment. We learn about how she came to meet Black Sabbath, how she fell in love with Ozzy and her brave battle with colon cancer.
She also goes into great detail about the time when Ozzy nearly literally strangled her to death.
We learn about Sharon's point of view of events pretty much leading up to 2005, including her time on The X Factor.
She gives her opinions on lots of things including Steve Brookstein, revenge, love, life and death.
The book also includes lots of personal photographs printed in colour on card, which were so interesting to look at.
I really did love reading this book, but I feel that as an aspiring writer I should mark it down to 4 out 5 because it was ghostwritten.
The copy that I've got was published by Time Warner Books in 2006, priced at £7.99 (although you can get a lot cheaper on Amazon) and has 372 pages.
I first decided to read this book under recommendation of my mum and sister, they read a lot more than I normally would but as I travel two hours there and back to university every day I needed something to fill the time.
This book was written by Sharon for us, giving us an insight into her childhood, growing up right up until her marriage, the birth of her children, her children growing up and everything in between.
I don't want to spoil the book so I will just give you the jest of this book so then you can read it yourself and be as shocked and surprised as I was.
The book describes her unhappy childhood and how she was moved around from house to house and used to get rid of debt collectors because of money worries.
Her Teenage years seemed to be filled with unhappiness as well as she was made have an abortion and dealt with her weight and body image among more things.
Then when she met Ozzy and Black Sabbeth, she talks about the happy and sad relationship she had with Ozzy before and after he was married and how through a lot her her life Ozzy cheated and hit her, did drugs and even had a sex addiction, and also how he was a sweet man who gave her the most important things in her life, her children.
The birth of her three children is talked about in this book and how each one was a blessing, how she had to manage Ozzy and take care of the children at the same time. Then the famous Ozzy quad bike accident is addressed and the book also goes into lots of emotional detail about her cancer and how she battled with it. Sharon's time on the X factor was also talked about in this book and her experiences with the show.
This book was a really good read and I'm glad I gave it a go. It's full of real life scandal and trust me there is never a dull moment in her life. She is a strong woman and she has worked for every thing she has acheived. Sharon talks about her life as a mother, a wife, a business woman and a survivor in this book and I found this book exciting from start to finish.
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An autobiography that I did not really enjoy reading was "Extreme" which tells the story of the life of Sharon Osbourne.
I had expected this to be an interesting read and to be fair it was but the problem with it is that even from the written page you can tell how much this woman loves herself and thinks highly of what she has achieved.
There is nothing worse than a person with no modesty and this book tells the story of just such a person in my opinion. Yes she does have a story to tell and it is an interesting read, it tells of her life growing up and how she came into contact with some very interesting but scary characters through her father who by all accounts was a horrid man who would do anything for money and had his henchmen threaten people and their families to get what he wanted.
It also delves deeply into her life with her husband Ozzy who at one point tried to kill her yet she still refers to him as the only man she has ever loved and the greatest man and father alive??
She tells the story of her miscarriages which sounds awful and I can really sympathise with her over this and the other things she has been through if only she would lay of the but look at me now bit.
I really felt like she was putting two fingers up to anyone that does not have a huge house and loads of money because if she can have it after all she has been through then we must be nothing, personally I would rather have my little house and the few quid that I do have than to have to have lived a life with a man who tried to kill me and is basically a complete reprobate.
They as a family have made most of their money through being a freak show but most of the idiocy is somehow missing from the book I wonder why??
This book details the life and loves of Sharon Osbourne, wife, moher, businesswoman, tv star, producer and former X-Factor retail judge.
Sharon is wife to Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath and mother to Jack, Kelly & Aimee.
Sharon had quite a terrible upbringing at the hands of her father who was also Ozzy's manager for many years and proceeded to steal a large chunk of Ozzys fortune in early days which led to Sharon eventually taking over as Ozzy's manager which definitely seemed to help shape his career.
There have been many ups (and more downs) in Sharons life and she talks about them in quite graphic detail in this book.
Sharon gives off the impression that she is very fiery and independent but I think that deep down she really needs her family around her to help keep her strong and to give her something to fight for.
Sharon has fought cancer and helped to nurse Ozzy back to help after he almost killed himself in a quad biking accident.
Her children have also been through tough times including spells in rehab and various addicions.
The future seems a lot brighter now for the family as a whole wih Sharon in remission and all of the children doing well in their chosen careers.
I would recommend this book, it's a very frank account of Sharons life and some of the experiences she has had are truly amazing.
I brought this for 99p in my local charity shop, what a bargain!
You can also find this review on ciao.co.uk under the same title, username katyeverett :)
This is a book I never actually went out to buy but was given by a relative and so I thought I would give it a go and found myself reading it over the Christmas period. It made quite a change from the Harry Potter series I have just finished.
I personally became aware of Sharon Osbourne when The Osbournes went out on MTV. I had previous knowledge of Ozzy her husband but not of any of the rest of the family. I only watched a couple of the episodes and didn't find it that enjoyable to be honest. I did warm to Sharon when she became a judge on the X Factor reality TV show on ITV.
The first thing I will say about this autobiography is that there is a fair amount of bad language in it. If you are familiar with The Osbournes this will not come as a big surprise but I did find it a little over the top at times.
Sharon Osbourne is well known as the wife of metal singer Ozzy Osbourne but unlike most celebrities other halves Sharon has led an extremely interesting life of her own.
Sharon was born Sharon Arden in 1952 to her Russian Jewish father Don Arden and Irish mother Hope. Sharon had an older stepsister Dixie and step brother Richard from her mothers first marriage as well as another older brother David.
We hear tell of Sharons upbringing with what could only be described as an unstable family. Her father was an ex singer and ran a music management company and her mother was a dancer who ran a guesthouse for entertainers. So Sharon was never a stranger to the entertainment business. Her father was a bit of a gangster type and Sharon saw a lot of violence in her youth. She also saw a lot of baillifs as her father often had financial problems.
When Sharon was older she became a big part of her dads business. This was mainly due to her fathers financial situation and so Sharon was signing her name on important documents at a very young age. She meets Ozzy through her father who manages Black Sabbath. Ozzy is already married at the time and it takes a long time before she becomes involved with him. By this time she has also taken over his career management from her father and he has split from Black Sabbath and is launching himself as a solo artist.
Sharons life with Ozzy is nothing if not turbulent. Ozzy is an alcoholic, addicted to various drugs and at times very violent. I found it quite difficult to understand how she has stayed married to him for such a long time. Having an alcoholic father myself I found it quite hard to understand how she could keep her kids in that environment for so many years.
But - what we did see is that Sharon has the ability to give a good fight and wont take anything lying down. She is definately a fighter and with some of the people she has encountered (her father and husband the main culprits) she has had to be. Some of the stunts she pulls herself are shocking to read and she tells some stories with pride that I would be ashamed to admit to.
As well as Sharons upbringing, career and marriage we also learn of her battle with cancer, her weight problems, her fears over Ozzys accident and her relationship with her kids.
Although I have covered the basis of the book there is much more to enjoy. I did find some of the writing a little rough around the edges but this did add to the believability of what I was reading. I finished the book still not able to make up my mind about Sharon. She has certainly struggled through her life and has come out the other side an extremely successful business woman. Like her or not though, the stories she has to tell and the life she has led make for very interesting reading.
The book is written by Sharon Osbourne with Penelope Dening.
The copy I have is different from the above pictured.
£7.99 paperback issued 2006 by Time Warner
I bought this book for my holiday this year, to take my mind off the plane ride! It was well worth the 1.99 i paid for it at the works book shop about 2 weeks ago. I thought I would buy it mainly because I am obsessed by autobiographies and enjoyed 'the osbournes' when it was on television.
Firstly the book was not what i expected at all as it delved quite deep into her personal life, her struggles with her father, when ozzy tried to kill her and her heartbreaking miscarriges.
The start of the book focuses on her family life as she was growing up. How her house was rented out to travelling entertainers and the characters that she met as a child. You also meet her father Don Arden who worked in music management. He was a vile man who was out for every penny he could get and if anybody crossed him he set his men on them and threatend their families. At one point sharon and her children were recieving death threats from her father!!
He was quite a successful man he managed ELO throughout their career and worked with queen and black sabbath at points as well. Sharon followed her father into the industry handling the LA base from a young age, which is where she met ozzy. When she and ozzy got together her family dissowned her took her house away and she was left with nothing apart from her man.
The second half of her book focuses on her life with ozzy, the beatings he gave her, his alcohol an drug abuse and how she fought back by peeing in his bottles of alcohol!! It also deals with a particularly distressing account of how he was once totally out of his head and tried to kill her.
The final few chapters are of how we know and love mrs osbourne today, the x factor, the osbournes and her love for her family.
Throughout the book there are also countless photographs of her life and loves. Particularly interesting is her journey from size 22 to size 8 and her battle with food.
The book was written very well which I was quite surprised by. It switched from the story of the past to snippets of the present day and her thoughts and feelings now which added a little something extra not seen in most autobiographies.
I ended up wanting more at the end though which i suppose will be covered in her new book 'survivor'. If you dont already,this book will probably make you love sharon and not really make your mid up about ozzy, is he reallya nice guy under all of the drugs and booze?
The book was a compelling read, perfect for a holiday in th sun!
I have always been a fan of Mrs O and decided to read the first installment of her autobiography.
I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of content but I knew it would be very honest and direct. And what I like is that she is actually old enough to write an autobiography unlike other celebrities who write them when they are barely out of their nappies!
People may think that Sharon Osbourne is just a judge on the X Factor and if you think that, then I highly recommend that you read her book. It is evident that she is more than just Ozzy Osbourne's wife and a TV personality. She was once one of the most influential music managers and still is today, managing her husband for instance.
Her biography is an honest account of her life and it is highly descriptive right from the start. Sharon touches on her life as a child and growing up with her mafia-like father Don Arden. She then moves on to the time when she met Ozzy and the details of their relationship both physically and mentally. She also includes many pictures in the book- both from a private collection and professional pictures.
The book gripped me throughout and I finished it pretty quickly as it was so interesting. Parts of the book make you see why she is the way she is at times and I could personally relate to some chapters in the book.
When I bought it, I think it was about £18:99 but I presume it will be cheaper now even though it was a best-seller at the time. I would definitely say it was a good read and one of the best autobiographies out there at the moment.
extreme by sharron osbourne
I am a big fan of charity shops, I love bargains and having a good old rummage around however some times they are just full of junk and it's at time like this when panic. I feel so guilty if I don't want to buy anything and I don't want to walk out with out buying so I always look at the books and end up buying something ill probably never read.
This is what happened when I found the Sharron Osbourne autobiography. I love autobiographies and at a bargain £1.00 I had to buy it (if only to ensure I bought something)
I'll admit I knew very little of Sharron. I enjoyed the first series of The Osbourne's on MTV but soon got fed up with the shouting and arguing that happened on a daily basis. I did think that she seemed like a lively character and enjoyed her on X Factor but that was the extent of my knowledge on Mrs Osbourne so I read the book with no expectations.
The book starts as you imagine when Sharron is a small child and we learn all about her family, I had no idea who they were but it turns out her dad was a famous artists manager in his time managing bands like ELO and loving all things American, his name was Don Arden. Not only was he big in the music business but he was also a small time gangster who like to beat and bully any one who was in his way including is own family. (When he fell out with Sharron and her husband Ozzy he threatened them and their children) he had guns and an entourage of "heaveys" working for him and was not afraid to do what he felt had to be one. One story that shocked me was when he found that a member of house staff had been stealing from him he tried her to a chair wrapped a gold chain around his hand and repeatedly hit her in the face until she confessed.
Sharron's mother was ten years older then her father and put up with a lot, he would cheat on her and buy her beautiful expensive things then sell them when he had no money. This might explain why she too was a hard woman who could turn her feeling off.
Sharrons story is not what I expected, her father had tight rains on her and leaving his business was like leaving the mafia! She left with nothing, no money, no family connections, just the debt her father had accumulated in her name, which she was still paying off when The Osbournes was been filmed and we began to know who she was.
She spent a lot of time being over weight, penniless and pregnant with three children and three miscarriages.
I already feel like I have told too much of this story so ill stop with the commentary and start with my personal opinions.
This book is really well written, I don't know if she had a ghost writer or if she did it all herself but it flows really well. It keeps going back to present day and then back to the past but everything fits really well.
I love the fact that it has lots of swearing because that is what Sharron is famous for (well obviously not just the swearing) the dialogue is wonderful.
"You're a Jew, aren't you?"
I was completely dumbstruck. Ro me it was like saying 'so you like a bit of dick up the arse, don't you?' "
"'Are you decent?"
'Of course not Mikey I make it a point to be positively IN decent' "
"Ozzy and ballet do not mix"
"And then I lifted up my skirt and I swatted down and shat on it"
I have read lots of autobiographies from Dave Ghrol to James Dyson to Princess Diana and I have never heard dialogue like it, it's wonderful.
I would no like to get on the wrong side of Sharron, she is one hard and mean lady. I love the raw truth she has but she also scares me a bit. Some of the things she has done and the way she handles things but I guess this is the way she has survived her whole life.
This is a woman who pee's her pants, poo's on things eats too much, cry's too much but also laughts alot and that shwy i loved it.
The book is a real page turner I read it in a few days and was truly captivated by all the events that unfolded throughout the book, birth death, attempted murder, hospitals, drugs, lots of house moves and lots of swearing.
I loved the book and if I was to make a criticism it would only be that I personally would have liked to hear more about her kids and how she felt when they hit highs and lows. But that is probably because im a fan of Jack Osbourne and admire everything he has done, (ill be the first to buy his life story when he writes it)
I know this is a relatively short review but I hate it when people write very long and boring reviews telling you everything just to knock up the word count so this is just a brief out line of the story and my personal opinions, I'd love to know what you thought of it so please feel free to leave me a comment.
As always thank you for reading.
Extreme - by Sharon Osbourne co writer - Penelope Dening
Published by Time Warner Books
£18.99 hardback also available in softback
Published in 2005
Wow what more can i say?!?
Its not very often a book kind of hits you between the eyes and makes you see some in a totally different light..The book goes from sharon being a youngster to the strong sometimes loud and very opinionated woman that she is today..This biography may be the same as others you may say but i can assure you this is not the case.We all know she is married to one of the worlds maddest rockers and may even be from one of the most outspoken families in history but by god has this woman been to hell and back..
The trouble with her Father,The affair she had with the man she later married and against the odds is still married to today.
Trust me if you really want a book that takes you personally through the good and bad times with them then this is the book to buy..I havent been able to put this book down.Every spare second i had i would read a few more pages .I was totally hooked..
You may think that Sharon is not your cup of tea with the foul language that gets used but if you look past all of that she is a really sweet caring woman who passionately believes in the good in everyone..I personally think you have to look past the person she is and imagine as a "normal" person
well someone not in the public eye.
Think about the violence and/or the abuse she suffered over the years, Would you as an honest human being survive having suffered even a tiny amount of it??I personally dont think i would.
I believe and it is only my opinion that this is a very deep insight into the world of rock and life on the road.
Sharon never has been normal and never will be purely because she is not from the same backgrounds as us..
She takes us through the ups and downs of her own very personal life and i have respect for her for letting us have just a tiny insight into what goes on in her "normal" life
This is a truly fantastic addictive life story and i urge you all to go read it
Im not a big fan of Sharon Osbourne, but I enjoy reading autobiographies and when I saw she had one out, I decided it could be an interesting read, so I borrowed it from the library. Its quite a large book, 372 pages, but I finished it in a few days. It was certainly a book I wanted to keep reading and it was never boring.
I didnt know much about Sharon Osbourne before reading this. Obviously, I knew she was married to Ozzy (and the only song of his I like is Paranoid) and I know who Kelly and Jack are (but hadnt heard of oldest daughter, Aimee). I had never seen more than five minutes of The Osbournes TV series, but I did know Sharon from The X-Factor.
Well, after reading this, I feel I know a whole lot more about Sharon. The book is filled with information of her life from childhood onwards. I would have liked to have found out more about her children, but I guess she wants to keep that side private. Dont misunderstand me, she does mention her kids a lot, but I didnt really feel I got to know them.
I knew very little about the work Sharon had done, besides being an X-Factor judge and Ozzys manager. I was interested to read how she was involved with the music business from a young age, initially through her father, Don Arden (who managed a long line of groups and singers over the years, including ELO) and then independently. Now I understand why she was picked for The X-Factor, as her history in the music business is certainly comparable to Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell.
So it was interesting and informative. But the whole tone of the autobiography was a bit strange at times. I expected the swearing (Lets face it, both Ozzy and Sharon are famous for their love of expletives!) but there were other things I didnt expect and I found shocking. Her world has included violence since her youth. Her father was happy to use bully-boy tactics in his home and professional life, often using heavies or physically giving someone a good kicking.
While this was shocking enough, it didnt stop there. Sharon has two strange idiosyncrasies she decided to share with the world she wets herself when she laughs too much and she often takes revenge on someone by defecating on their possessions! Now, I may be prudish, but I didnt enjoy the descriptions of urine-soaked clothes or poo-covered items, which she seemed to find hilarious! Personally, I would want to keep the wetting completely private and couldnt bring myself to do the second.
Sharon is a mixed up concoction. She is classy but vulgar, warm but distant, loving but filled with hate. I wondered what her motivation was to write this book. I decided partway through it was to get revenge on everyone she had feuded with over the years, especially her father, but by the end of it, she mentions a lawsuit where she owed over two million dollars and needed money fast, so I guess that was the reason why she wrote this. (Well, Penelope Dening wrote it, but you know what I mean!)
I certainly wouldnt like to get on the wrong side of Sharon. She verbally attacks many people in the book, including Steve, the winner of the first series of The X-Factor. While I wasnt keen on him that much myself, she doesnt really seem to give decent reasons for hating him as much as she does.
She does care about some people throughout her life, but on balance, probably hates more than loves. She says she believes family to be important and her love for Ozzy and her kids cannot be disputed but she disowns her mother and has very little time for her siblings. Not that any of them sound particularly nice, but they are family after all.
Her relationship with Ozzy is a weird one too. She describes his battles with alcohol and drugs and his repeated forays into rehab. She also explains how he was regularly unfaithful to her for years and most shocking of all their volatile relationship which regularly involved the two of them physically fighting. She throws things at him, he punches her. She kicks him, he slaps her. He has dislocated her jaw. Although she didnt use the word, she describes what sounds like rape to me and he was once arrested for her attempted murder!
Now, I understand love but would you put up with this from your loved one? I felt some sympathy for him, when she describes his accident on the quad bike that nearly cost him his life, but then in hospital, he accuses her of having an affair (and if we are to believe her, she has never been unfaithful to him) then discharges himself.
I know if I ever wrote an autobiography, I would try to paint my loved ones in a positive light, but despite repeated declarations of her love for Ozzy, I cant understand why. After reading this, I find it hard to think of Ozzy as anything other than a nasty piece of work.
So its a bit of a strange one really. I dont know if I like Sharon or not and I have no respect at all for her husband and feel I know little about her children. But I really enjoyed the book; it was fascinating, covered all the major areas of her life and was a compelling read.
Extreme - by Sharon Osbourne with Penelope Dening
Published by Time Warner Books
Published in 2005
A devoted wife and mother, businesswoman, TV star and award-winning producer, Sharon Osbourne has, in her own words, 'lived fifty lives in fifty years'. From her extraordinary childhood as the daughter of infamous rock manager Don Arden, to managing and marrying rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, to her own rising fame on shows such as The Osbournes and The X Factor, Sharon Osbourne has experienced tremendous highs and devastating lows. She has earned her reputation by overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles with her honesty, charm, sense of humour, great instincts, and keen eye for business. Now she will reveal the truth behind the headlines in her characteristically frank, intimate and articulate way. Her story will, undoubtedly, be the autobiography of the year.