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Life's What You Make It, the long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved TV personalities.  

For a long time, I felt that I couldn't write this book. At first, I didn't think I'd lived enough, then life got busy and filled with distractions. In more recent years, there was always a very painful consideration - I knew where it would eventually have to go. 

I have recently decided that the truth is the only thing that can set me free. The truth has taken a long time to make itself clear to me, but now is the right time to share it, all of it. 

Television and broadcasting has been a part of my DNA for as long as I can remember. As a young boy I would make model TV sets out of cardboard boxes, while spending long summers at home, barefoot on Cornwall's golden beaches. Landing a job at the ice-cream kiosk, I would enviously look on as my presenting heroes took to the stage of Radio 1's Roadshow, an unforgettable event when it came to town. 

In Life's What You Make It I look back with nostalgic delight on my life, from being a young boy endlessly writing letters to the BBC in pursuit of a job in broadcasting, to making it on to the Broom Cupboard, with my infamous sidekick Gordon the Gopher, to being on Going Live and starring as the lead in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It has taken four decades to get here but I feel lucky to have called the sets of Talking Telephone Numbers, The Cube, Dancing on Ice and of course, This Morning, home.  

I'm going to take you behind the scenes of my television home at ITV, into my career and my dangerously funny relationship with Holly Willoughby. I'm going to introduce you to my loving and remarkable family and I hope most of all to tell you that life, it seems, is what you make it. Take it from someone who has sat on the very edge and looked over, it's all about the people that love you.  

©2020 Phillip Schofield (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Lauren
  • 09-11-20

From the heart...

This was honest and raw. He has definitely been on a journey. I am just so happy to read about the great relationship he has with his family and so may it continue forever. He just seems like a down to earth awesome guy who everyone would love to be friends with. Holly is a lucky girl to call him her bestie .

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  • jonty59
  • 30-10-20

This book is niether honest nor enlightening

With apologies to all the Schofield fans who gave this auto-biography 5 stars - this is not a truthful, well written, or engaging autobiography and I'll give you my 3 reasons for saying that:
1. This book is not engaging - it’s not that Philip hasn't had a really interesting life, he has. But when everyone is truly wonderful, incredible and amazing, and life is similarly wonderful and incredible - interspersed with occasional moments of angst - there really isn't any real conflict to drive the narrative. It's like a series of excerpts from a 14-year-old boy's school essays on 'what I did at the weekend' written in a Janet & John 'everything was super fun’ style. It's all about how all these wonderfully supportive people have helped make him the success he has become. There's a lot of pretence at self-deprecation and vulnerability but you never get a clue about the real man - just a 2-dimensional caricature. Maybe that’s all there is?
2. There is almost no humour in the book. Don’t get me wrong, there are loads of funny things that have happened to Philip over the years, it’s just that the humour gets lost in the ‘it was such a hoot’ writing style. Humour comes from conflict and bleak moments rather than fun days on the beach. When the good bits are all magically amazing and the bad bits are truly awful and horrible, it is difficult for humour to push through. I did giggle at a couple of stories but there should have been more than 2 giggles in such a charmed life.
3. The third and most damning criticism is that, despite all his protestations of truthfulness and honesty, this is a fundamentally dishonest book. If you want an answer to why a happily married man in his fifties with 2 grown up daughters and an adoring wife decides to come out as gay, then you are going to be extremely disappointed. In chapter 14 he decides to come out. It’s a truly awful time in his life and everyone is fantastic about it, but Philip feels unbearably bad about the suffering he’s caused, but everyone is loving and understanding, and he hopes that everyone can learn from his plight ……. There is nothing in the book about when his sexual feelings began to change, hidden longings for one of his male friends, brief sexual encounters, starting to look at male pornography, homosexual affairs …… No-one wakes up one day and decides they are homosexual without some, or all, of those things happening – otherwise how do you know you are gay? I am sure Philip omitted these aspects to avoid even more hurt to his family. That’s fine, but if you leave things out of your biography to avoid hurting anyone then it’s not a truthful biography and it’s not going to be very interesting either – and that’s where we ended up with this book.

If you’re reading this autobiography to get a real understand of the man behind the TV image then you may want to look elsewhere. There are so many fantastic autobiographies on Audible, but this is not one of them.

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  • Tucbiscuit
  • 14-11-20

It’s all about me

I was disappointed as it was very much all about Philip. I know it’s his autobiography but there just didn’t seem to be much content other than ‘look at me’ and pretty sure he hasn’t told the truth about him coming out

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  • Leah
  • 17-10-20

Truly honest an amazing

What a truly honest, funny, an amazing account of such fun filled career.
His family an friends are such amazing an understanding people. Would definitely recommend

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  • Mrs S Collins-Smith
  • 16-10-20

Amazing story!

Amazing book, so proud, a fabulously written account of your great life! Thank you for being so honest! Great book, I would definitely recommend!

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  • Pinkone
  • 17-10-20

Absolutely wonderful!

This book was honest, funny and wonderfully written, heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure. Thank you for your honesty Phil. Great book by an even better human.

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  • Debbie Andrew
  • 17-10-20

loved it

very honest and captivating. well done Phil. you are very loved by your family and friends.

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  • Susan Random
  • 17-10-20

Life's What You Make It

Being of an age to recall Phillip's stint in CBBC's Broom Cupboard I thought that I'd take a punt on his autobiography. It was interesting, insightful and well read. Bravo.

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  • chucks
  • 16-10-20

life is what you make it

what a hard work and determination can do to live your dreams. so much love for all his family and friends. this book will inspire so many people. and if you didnt love phil before you will now . god bless you all xx

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  • Louise
  • 15-11-20

Dull

The book is very slow and dull, wasn’t worth the read and very boring. I wouldn’t recommend the read , save your money!

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  • clarebear
  • 19-10-20

Life's what you make it !!!

this was such a lovely listen, incitefull and interesting, often funny and definitely sad and heartbreakingly truthful,
Ive been a real fan of Philip Schofield since I was a kid watching him in the broom cupboard with the gopher.
What Philip did in February this year was nothing short of amazing! and ive wished nothing but the best for him and his wonderful family.
Great read/listen was so good with phil narrating it himself.

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  • Gary O'Toole
  • 27-12-20

99% there

I loved 99% of this book, but the BIG questions: when did he realise he was gay, when did he have his first same sex encounter, just some of the details, from this part of his life are missing. All other aspects are there, so this is a choice he’s obviously made, but it’s a frustrating one because you’ve already become invested in the rest of his life.

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  • michele peverill
  • 10-11-20

a brilliant read

and absolutely well told autographs well done phil and thank you ..I was entertained from start to finish