I must admit, I started reading this book with no great expectations. After all, this is Dannii we’re talking about. We all know everything there is to know about Dannii, right? Young Talent Time, Home and Away, Julian McMahon, something something … errr, ok maybe I don’t know everything there is to know. If you also feel you’ve missed out on parts of her story then this is the book for you. The whole history is recounted, from the highs of Australian and UK television and music to the lows of marriage break-up and almost-financial ruin. It is not a taxing read and one that is easy to dip in and out of. There are stories of parties, never-ending Cristal, fast cars, and boyfriends. But there is also heartache as Dannii’s life is touched by cancer not once but 3 times, and you do see her serious non-partying side as well.
Through it all I really got the impression that a lot of her decisions and experiences were dictated by the media, so much so that sometimes there was nothing of her own choice or direction in her career. But she has made a strength of career change, switching from television to music and back to television again. And the photos are fantastic. For me, who grew up watching Young Talent Time, and loving the glamour of those lucky children, it was a trip down memory lane to see Joey Perone and Bevan’s names. Then as the story moves through the various eras – and hairstyles – there is the pictorial record, where you can see Dannii’s look as she matures and as life changes around her.
Say what you like, Dannii has had a varied and successful career in music and television in Australia and the UK. She is, essentially, a straightforward Aussie girl so for her fans in those countries this book is like having a conversation with Dannii, remembering all the highs and lows together.
Available now: Simon & Schuster RRP$35.00