The debut memoir by the Sunday Times Bestselling author of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury’ is out now.
In this startling, funny, at times agonizing book, the author relives the glory days of Fleet Street celebrity news coverage, and walks again on the wild side with tears, laughter and a whole lotta love.
Foreword by Philip Norman, bestselling biographer of the Beatles,
the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Eric Clapton.
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This is a book I'd have expected to hate. I despise celebrity journalism, have minimal interest in celebrities, page past the celeb sections of newspapers, and have never even looked at Hello! magazine. But, boy oh boy, Tumbling Dice is sensational! The stories are amazing and the storyteller, Lesley-Ann Jones, brings such intelligence, self-knowledge and honesty to a life recollected, that by the second page of the introduction, I was hooked. Matthew Parris, The Times columnist, broadcaster and former politician
Hilarious, revealing, shocking and hugely enjoyable account of the wild, weird world of celebrity and even wilder, weirder world of tabloid journalism.
Piers Morgan, TV presenter, journalist and former Editor, News of the World, Daily Mirror, mail online, Mail on Sunday
LAJ has always shone her light brilliantly, if sometimes too accurately, on others. She now turns it articulately and entertainingly onto herself - a scoop!
Sir Tim Rice, author & Academy Award-winning lyricist, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Evita’, ‘Chess’, ‘The Lion King’
Brilliant, unputdownable, a tour de force. The best book about celebrities that I have ever read. I wish I’d written it. Simon Napier-Bell, rock manager, the Yardbirds, Marc Bolan, Wham!, Sinead O’Connor, George Michael.
Lesley-Ann was both the glamour and the guts of rock journalism. No one got closer to the story, nor nearer to the core of a crazy time. She was there and she was all there.
Robert Elms, broadcaster, BBC Radio London
It was almost impossible to be at a gig, party, reception or other rock-related shindig from the late ’70s, ’80s and beyond without seeing Lesley-Ann. She was everywhere, and seemed to know everyone, from rock stars to hotel doormen. I remember once, at the infamous Sunset Marquis hotel in Hollywood, wondering if LAJ was in town, only to have her suddenly appear from behind a large potted palm at breakfast. LAJ lived, loved and breathed rock’n’roll, and brought the extraordinary stories she uncovered, and was often a part of, to Fleet Street with the skill and confidence of a true insider. Smart, tireless, indefatigable but always with a maverick’s smile on her face, Lesley-Ann Jones might be the closest to a rock’n’roll legend that newspapers have ever produced. Martin Townsend, former Editor, Sunday Express
In the world of celebrity journalism, Lesley-Ann Jones can confidently claim to be an A-lister herself, with a reputation and a glamour to match many of the stars she’s encountered. She’s shared their fast jets, luxurious hotel suites and VIP booths, kept a few of their secrets and spilled a lot of others. The golden era she chronicles in her thrilling memoir has been largely lost to social media and smartphone journalism. Between the covers of ‘Tumbling Dice’, however, it’s still Access-All-Areas: to their lives, and to hers. Sarah Oliver, journalist, Mail on Sunday
Searing, raw, vivid, compelling! This is as real and as outrageous as memoirs get. Jones's account of celebrity journalism, Fleet Street during its heyday and some of the biggest scandals of the age is 100% accurate, and all too true. I know: I was there. I worked with her. The way in which the author sets these explosive revelations against her own sometimes devastating private life is shocking and heart-breaking. Do yourself a favour and read this book: all human life is here. Stuart White, former US Editor, News of the World, and best-selling author, 'Death Game' and 'Kiss of the Angel'.
Lesley-Ann Jones has long been regarded as the doyenne of showbiz writing and reporting. For three decades she has moved in the social circles of the megastars of the modern music era, from Bowie and Boy George to Mercury and Fleetwood Mac. LAJ spent days and nights, weeks and months with these people, witnessing cultural history in the making. She maintained such a stunning presence, you could easily believe she was a rock-chick herself. No other journalist has ever been more immersed in the industry’s explosive kaleidoscope. No one got closer. No one saw more.
Mike Parry, broadcaster and former Fleet Street executive
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