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The compelling life story of the Grammy-winning soul singer Adele's soulful voice, catchy hits, and vulnerable personality have won her critical acclaim and huge popularity. She has topped the charts in 18 countries—but who is she? What is the truth of the tempestuous life that has so influenced her heartbreaking tracks? How did she overcome the challenges that threatened The compelling life story of the Grammy-winning soul singer Adele's soulful voice, catchy hits, and vulnerable personality have won her critical acclaim and huge popularity. She has topped the charts in 18 countries—but who is she? What is the truth of the tempestuous life that has so influenced her heartbreaking tracks? How did she overcome the challenges that threatened to derail her career? This compelling book traces her story from her childhood in London, where she began singing at the age of four. During her teenage years she wrote her own music and attended the BRIT school, alongside the likes of Leona Lewis. After posting demos on the MySpace website she earned a record deal and quickly captured hearts. Adele remains an unlikely icon. Her looks are unusual in a formulaic world of celebrity image, she suffers badly with pre-stage nerves, and she once canceled a crucial promotional trip to the U.S. because she felt too down to travel. This is a full, unflinching portrait of a genuine talent and inspiring, uncompromising woman—the curvy girl-next-door who conquered the world.


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The compelling life story of the Grammy-winning soul singer Adele's soulful voice, catchy hits, and vulnerable personality have won her critical acclaim and huge popularity. She has topped the charts in 18 countries—but who is she? What is the truth of the tempestuous life that has so influenced her heartbreaking tracks? How did she overcome the challenges that threatened The compelling life story of the Grammy-winning soul singer Adele's soulful voice, catchy hits, and vulnerable personality have won her critical acclaim and huge popularity. She has topped the charts in 18 countries—but who is she? What is the truth of the tempestuous life that has so influenced her heartbreaking tracks? How did she overcome the challenges that threatened to derail her career? This compelling book traces her story from her childhood in London, where she began singing at the age of four. During her teenage years she wrote her own music and attended the BRIT school, alongside the likes of Leona Lewis. After posting demos on the MySpace website she earned a record deal and quickly captured hearts. Adele remains an unlikely icon. Her looks are unusual in a formulaic world of celebrity image, she suffers badly with pre-stage nerves, and she once canceled a crucial promotional trip to the U.S. because she felt too down to travel. This is a full, unflinching portrait of a genuine talent and inspiring, uncompromising woman—the curvy girl-next-door who conquered the world.

30 review for Adele: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This book was really good and I learned a lot of new facts about Adele. At times it could get boring but that was the only flaw in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Adele or music in general.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Didn't know what to expect from this book. Absolutely adore Adele, she has an amazing personality and a really beautiful voice. This book was more about the awards she won and a bit about the performances and album tracks. Hoped to read more about her personal life, maybe with some interviews with family and friends. It's an okay book to read if you are really into her! Didn't know what to expect from this book. Absolutely adore Adele, she has an amazing personality and a really beautiful voice. This book was more about the awards she won and a bit about the performances and album tracks. Hoped to read more about her personal life, maybe with some interviews with family and friends. It's an okay book to read if you are really into her!

  3. 4 out of 5

    bibliophoenix

    This would probably have been more interesting to me had I not been such a big fan and read up on her life in other ways. Chas Newkey-Burden goes in depth into this star's childhood, adolescence and current success. I was aware of Adele's close relationship with her mother but found it an interesting read when Newkey-Burden discussed her father and other relations who have had an impact on her in one way or another, whether it be small or big. I was not aware of the BRIT school and enjoyed findin This would probably have been more interesting to me had I not been such a big fan and read up on her life in other ways. Chas Newkey-Burden goes in depth into this star's childhood, adolescence and current success. I was aware of Adele's close relationship with her mother but found it an interesting read when Newkey-Burden discussed her father and other relations who have had an impact on her in one way or another, whether it be small or big. I was not aware of the BRIT school and enjoyed finding out about the various names who have been educated there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Camella

    I love this book!! If you want to read a good, well written book about Adele, then this is the book to read! This biography talks about Adele and her childhood to where she is now! Adele is making great history, and if you are a huge fan lie me, you will definitely like it!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lily I

    Great BOOK!!! I loved how he really explained every detail and HOW he put the information into the different chapters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Parker Vanwaardhuizen

    This book is about adele's start to finish. It explains her hard times and he best times to her favorite place to go and live. The theme is more or less like try your best to notice your talent. The book starts out with adele trying to figure out what she wants to do and it goes on to like where she ended up. What awards she ends up getting. Adele she is a kind fun very talented very unique person i have probably read about. She has some crazy style. She is a very soulful singer also as well as a This book is about adele's start to finish. It explains her hard times and he best times to her favorite place to go and live. The theme is more or less like try your best to notice your talent. The book starts out with adele trying to figure out what she wants to do and it goes on to like where she ended up. What awards she ends up getting. Adele she is a kind fun very talented very unique person i have probably read about. She has some crazy style. She is a very soulful singer also as well as a experience writer to. Some parts were kind of interesting but i really didn't find the whole book in general like great and stood out from others. Entertaining? It wasn't the most it was a biography so there weren't parts that you really looked forward to or cliff hangers or stuff like that. The larger issue in this is she was able to be blessed with a talent and also was able to use that to create something great. Sometimes in america today people have a rough time figuring out what the want to do in life and do it good for a good cause.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Love Adele and loved learning more about her life. However, this book was extremely boring and poorly written. It was like reading a long narrative of someone’s calendar for the past 8 years. Written by a British author from an English perspective, I wasn’t familiar with many British words or casual British lingo. The overdone references and comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Lea Leoni got old. It was painful to read, but gave me a good glimpse into Adele’s personal life and her rise to fame and a Love Adele and loved learning more about her life. However, this book was extremely boring and poorly written. It was like reading a long narrative of someone’s calendar for the past 8 years. Written by a British author from an English perspective, I wasn’t familiar with many British words or casual British lingo. The overdone references and comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Lea Leoni got old. It was painful to read, but gave me a good glimpse into Adele’s personal life and her rise to fame and all the awards she has won. I got this book for $1.00 at an outdoor book sale. Now, finally, I can get it off my book shelves and purge it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Got this book as a Christmas gift. I wasn't keen on reading it as the internet provides almost all information these days. But since I am a huge Adele fan, I thought I'll give it a try and I wasn't disappointed! I love the candid interactions Adele has with the author, her stories from BRIT and lots of other things, giving a good insight into this awesome personality. It's not a story of struggle or resilience like you would expect in most biographies but its a nice read giving some perspective to Got this book as a Christmas gift. I wasn't keen on reading it as the internet provides almost all information these days. But since I am a huge Adele fan, I thought I'll give it a try and I wasn't disappointed! I love the candid interactions Adele has with the author, her stories from BRIT and lots of other things, giving a good insight into this awesome personality. It's not a story of struggle or resilience like you would expect in most biographies but its a nice read giving some perspective to one of the greatest female artists of our times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Taylor

    Adele The Biography Just as the title suggest it's all about the young singer whose career has been remarkably. It is very well written, and through it you could feel Adele voice singing or when she was sitting getting interviewed,I am a new to Adele voice she sings with a lot of passion. She has a lovely voice.Here to next album which is her 4 th one Adele The Biography Just as the title suggest it's all about the young singer whose career has been remarkably. It is very well written, and through it you could feel Adele voice singing or when she was sitting getting interviewed,I am a new to Adele voice she sings with a lot of passion. She has a lovely voice.Here to next album which is her 4 th one

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    A very good read, it seams I'm picking my auto/biographies well so far. A very good read, it seams I'm picking my auto/biographies well so far.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    A great insight into Adele but a little repetitive in parts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tim Wessels

    Great book, learned a lot about the live of Adele

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maria Padilla

    This was the first time reading anything about Adele. It was very interesting learning about her. This is one of my son's favorite singers of all time. This was the first time reading anything about Adele. It was very interesting learning about her. This is one of my son's favorite singers of all time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mia Sebti

    The book “Adele” is a biography written by Chas Newkey-Burden. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on May 5th, 1988 in London, England. Her father, Mark Evans left her family when she was just four years old with her 18-year-old mother, Penny Adkins. Growing up, Adele’s family did not know much about music, she would go to the music store every day after school and admire the vinyls. Adele attended the performing arts BRIT school where she once submitted an album for a project. She later posted th The book “Adele” is a biography written by Chas Newkey-Burden. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on May 5th, 1988 in London, England. Her father, Mark Evans left her family when she was just four years old with her 18-year-old mother, Penny Adkins. Growing up, Adele’s family did not know much about music, she would go to the music store every day after school and admire the vinyls. Adele attended the performing arts BRIT school where she once submitted an album for a project. She later posted that album on Her “Myspace” profile, where producers discovered her. As soon as these producers discovered Adele, they had her signed to a label only four months after she graduated school. Growing up, Adele’s biggest inspirations were the spice girls and Etta James. Adele’s first song as an official recording artist was “Chasing Pavements” from her album “19”. Today, Adele has won over 10 Grammy awards and 3 Guinness world records. Although she has been singing on stage in front of millions of people for many years, she has admitted to having stage fright. She says that she sometimes has panic attacks before her performances and sometimes even vomits backstage. In 2015, Adele had to have a throat surgery because of her bad smoking habits and stopped singing for a year after that. For a year, there were no new songs or albums but after her recovery, she made one of the biggest comebacks anyone had seen in a long time. Today, all of her new releases are number 1 on all billboards. Adele has a lot of success because unlike most pop stars today, she has a fan base that varies of all group ages. A lot of people wonder why all of her albums names are numbers,but there is a simple explanation to that. All of Adele’s songs are songs that she wrote while growing up, Her album “19” contains all the songs that she wrote when she was 19 years old and the same goes for her latest album “25”. Adele’s has a son named Angelo James Konecki with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki. As of 2016, Adele has 6 albums and is planning on many more to come. I chose to read this book because I realized that very few people actually knew the story behind thing amazing singer. Before reading this book, I mainly wanted to know how Adele was discovered and how was her life while growing up. Now I know that she got discovered by two producers through a school project and that her father left her family when Adele’s mom was 18 years old raising her 4-year-old daughter alone. While growing up, Adele had a lot of inspirations, some of them were, Destiny’s child, Etta James, Spice girls, and Amy Winehouse. Since Adele’s family knew nothing about music, she used to go to a music store and listen to all of these artists, wishing she could be like them one day. A lot of people might disagree but I'm my opinion Adele is a hero to a lot of people. Adele is known to shut down body shamers and encourage people to love themselves just the way they are. She even said that her goal in life is to never be skinny because she believes that music is through the ears and not the eyes. Throughout this book, a reader can learn anything a person would want to learn about Adele’s life. Today, Adele is one of the biggest singers in the world, very few people does not know who she is. Most of her fans love her for her music and her beautiful voice. Reading this book taught me a lot if interesting facts about her and made me realize that there is much more to her than her voice. Most of the people that listen to her including me, know her but not her story. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about her life and story. Personally, my favorite part of the book is when the author described how excited she was when the producers wanted to sign her, because, without those two producers, Adele would have probably never have gotten famous. However, my least favorite part of the book, was when Adele got sick because of her smoking addiction and had to get throat surgery. The readers can tell that Adele was really devastated that she had to give up her singing career for a whole year. I truly recommend this book to anyone who listens to Adele’s music, this could even make every one of her fans listen to her music from a different perspective.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Demi Spelbos

    Just a quick read. I really like Adele but I found it quite boring. I'm also quite pissed off to find out she hurt Phil Collins' feelings. He's one of my favourite artists. But oh well. It was quite fun to read how she came to write some songs but they didn't really go into it that much. The book was mostly about the awards she won and what critics had to say about her. Just a quick read. I really like Adele but I found it quite boring. I'm also quite pissed off to find out she hurt Phil Collins' feelings. He's one of my favourite artists. But oh well. It was quite fun to read how she came to write some songs but they didn't really go into it that much. The book was mostly about the awards she won and what critics had to say about her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paula Monteiro

    Good and real, like Adele

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Adele is my favourite artist. Her songs are amazing and she seems to be a wonderful person. So I couldn't wait to get my hands on this biography. However, it turned out to be one big disappointment. I hated the writing style, although that might also be due to the way it was translated (I read a Dutch edition). There were several grammatically incorrect sentences and a lot of quotes from interviews seemed to be just copy-pasted after each other. Also, a lot of elements were repeated throughout th Adele is my favourite artist. Her songs are amazing and she seems to be a wonderful person. So I couldn't wait to get my hands on this biography. However, it turned out to be one big disappointment. I hated the writing style, although that might also be due to the way it was translated (I read a Dutch edition). There were several grammatically incorrect sentences and a lot of quotes from interviews seemed to be just copy-pasted after each other. Also, a lot of elements were repeated throughout the book. The book also promised the story on her latest album 25. Yeah right. It only mentions that it is coming up (apparently the album wasn't even published yet when they were writing this). So, nothing on her new songs or the stories behind it.. Also, I could tell that the author had written several other biographies, because he kept talking about Amy Winehouse and Justin Bieber - artists about which he has written as well. Great for him, but that's not what I want to read about in a biography on Adele. This biography was introduced as a touching portrait of Adele. Well, if you want to be touched by Adele's story, then skip this book and listen to her songs instead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ୭ isabel *:・゚

    Some of this was interesting such as when she grew up in London, her experiences in the BRIT school and the photos showing her success. For me I usually read autobiographies, and I haven't really read a lot of those. It seems that autobiographies seem much more personal and make a lot more sense. Reading a biography is someone saying this happened and this is how she felt about it. It wasn't gripping and all the waffley sentences describing what happened were honestly very boring. The last chapt Some of this was interesting such as when she grew up in London, her experiences in the BRIT school and the photos showing her success. For me I usually read autobiographies, and I haven't really read a lot of those. It seems that autobiographies seem much more personal and make a lot more sense. Reading a biography is someone saying this happened and this is how she felt about it. It wasn't gripping and all the waffley sentences describing what happened were honestly very boring. The last chapter about Adele's main things such as about her weight, her friends and her awards were great. And Adele's personality were very much seen through those few sentences. Overall this book and biographies aren't for me just yet.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Perez

    If you thought you liked Adele before, well now you will be glad to know that you've made a great choice in an artist. You will love her even more after reading her biography of her personal life, her education and finally how she really feels about management and the music business in both the UK and the USA. Adele is raw in her thoughts where she will tell you exactly how it feels, but deep down she is genuine and has an all-around down to earth personality. I am addicted to her musical talent If you thought you liked Adele before, well now you will be glad to know that you've made a great choice in an artist. You will love her even more after reading her biography of her personal life, her education and finally how she really feels about management and the music business in both the UK and the USA. Adele is raw in her thoughts where she will tell you exactly how it feels, but deep down she is genuine and has an all-around down to earth personality. I am addicted to her musical talents now than ever before.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ian Hallam

    Maybe it is because Adele is still quite young that the book had no real substance to it. Nothing of her life before her father left and very little of substance afterwards, briefly skimming over her start at the brit school and spending more time analysing each of the songs from her first and second albums than anything about her actual life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Sales

    I have started reading this book, although I knew Adele is very young to have a biography. Everything that is written in the book is well-known by her public, i.e., there are no real news in her biography. If you follow the news, there's no need to read this book. I have started reading this book, although I knew Adele is very young to have a biography. Everything that is written in the book is well-known by her public, i.e., there are no real news in her biography. If you follow the news, there's no need to read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    gave up on this not cos the book wasnt any good just think i love adele the singer but not sure was interested enough to read the book, it was a well written book and funny though...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Nothing here that you may not have read in a newspaper/magazine intervuew. Poor selection of photographs

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love Adele but this book was just okay. I didn't really learn anything new from it. I think a book written by her would be so much more interesting. I love Adele but this book was just okay. I didn't really learn anything new from it. I think a book written by her would be so much more interesting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Miller

    Was ok but a bit repatative!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was written so badly, I would have done better just reading Wikipedia.

  27. 4 out of 5

    janie love

    cooool

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sanntint

    The shortest living biography and her blues soul is flowing into my soul !

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Allison

    A surprisingly good biog. Mostly interpreted through Adele's own words from press interviews but very well put together. A bit too magaziney to read in one go, but good book to have on the go. A surprisingly good biog. Mostly interpreted through Adele's own words from press interviews but very well put together. A bit too magaziney to read in one go, but good book to have on the go.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elvira Ekberova

    YOU ARE MY HEART ADELE

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