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Published: 07/03/2024
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'Utterly absorbing and deeply affecting' – The Guardian

As a Spice Girl, TV talent show judge and Broadway star, Mel B a.k.a Scary Spice, has been a global icon since her twenties. But behind the glittering façade of fame, the struggles and pain of this working-class, mixed-race girl from Leeds are laid bare in her critically acclaimed best-selling memoir, Brutally Honest.

With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and trademark Yorkshire humour, the book tells how she went from Girl Power to girl powerless during her ten-year emotionally abusive marriage. Tracing a path through the key moments in her life, she reflects on her childhood, rise to fame and her chilling downward spiral before she finally broke free.

In this expanded edition, written with Louise Gannon, Mel brings her story up to date. With her trademark honesty, she tells the unfiltered story of piecing herself back together, dealing with trauma and new heartbreak whilst becoming a champion for survivors of abuse, performing once more with the Spice Girls and receiving her MBE from Prince William.

Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781837831562
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 130 x 198 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

You cannot underestimate the awareness this book is raising about coercive control – it is helping us to save lives. - Farah Nazeer, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid

This book is so powerful so real, so strong and so emotional – this is exactly Melanie. - Geri Horner (née Halliwell)

An unflinching account of how an icon of girl power became utterly powerless in her own life, this brave and important book deserves to be read by fans and non-fans alike. Utterly absorbing and deeply affecting. - The Guardian

This is the most gut wrenching, punch-in-the-stomach honest celebrity autobiography I’ve ever read. Mel B […] takes us to the darkest places behind her Scary Spice persona, educating about the true horror of domestic abuse in the process. - The Sun

If [Melanie] Brown awakens even one reader to the reality of their situation, her legacy will endure long beyond the second Spice Girls reunion. - The Observer

By opening up about the realities of abuse and addiction, Mel B has launched a new, but equally important, version of Girl Power. Brutally Honest will grip you from the start - Grazia

Much like a rolling Netflix series, you find yourself hungrily digesting chapter after chapter of Melanie’s life in one sitting. Some parts are hilarious and relatable; others are just painfully difficult to read. - Gal-Dem

Brutally Honest is a captivating memoir that candidly discusses the chain of abuse that still exists for women in society and what it will take to break it. - OK! Magazine

Brutally Honest is just what it says. Melanie Brown’s account of an abusive relationship – of the once fearless Scary Spice being made to feel so worthless that she believes suicide is the only way out – is gripping, shocking and harrowing. - The Guardian

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“Brutally Honest makes me feel proud to be a woman”

I absolutely loved this book! Mel B has such an incredible story - she is an extremely strong woman. Personally I did not know much about Mel's life, so reading her book was great for me to understand what she... More

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