A Better Me: This is Gary Barlow as honest, heartfelt and more open than ever before

Written by:
Gary Barlow
Narrated by:
Gary Barlow

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
10 hours 23 minutes
Bestselling audiobook and Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018


Gary Barlow is one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, but fifteen years ago, as he himself admits, he hit rock bottom - he was out of shape, out of work, depressed.
Food for him had become an addiction, a means not only of comfort but almost of self-medication as he grappled with the cruel twists of fate of musical stardom. In 2003, as he struggled with the disappointment of an underperforming solo career alongside the tireless media taunts; Gary turned to food. Relentlessly. In the space of nine years he had been on 20 diets in the hopes of a resolution to all his woes. After asking the doctor what the 'cure' for obesity was, it sunk in that he was the only one who could take control of his health. Gary describes this realisation and the task that lay ahead - 'it was like being at the foot of a massive mountain'.

So how did he go from an obese, out-of-work and depressed pop icon, to a superstar of music and TV and an accomplished musical songwriter and producer who is full of vitality, fitter, happier and more successful than ever before. What happened?

In his extraordinarily honest memoir A Better Me, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success and mental and physical health. From reforming Take That to critical and commercial acclaim and reigniting his own legendary songwriting career; to overcoming his weight problems and crippling obsession with food; to TV judging panel stardom on The X Factor and Let It Shine and at last finding balance in both his personal and professional life.

A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression, and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before.

'This is the book I wished I'd had to turn to.' Gary Barlow
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I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. Evidently, Gary's initial intent was to write a "health book", not tell his story. But his decision to tell his interesting story, centered around his addiction to food, likely produced a far more impactful read/listen. Gary's descriptions of his addictive approach to and thoughts about food will resonate with anyone who struggles with the addictive substance that must be consumed 3+ times per day (as an aside, we don't often hear men being this honest about it). Gary's journey is one of hope, with various "nutter" diets and experts eventually giving way to not only a more balanced way of eating, but a balanced way of living.

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Kerry H.

An honest and inspiring glimpse into a world of fame and fortune and the drive and passion to achieve while coming to know yourself and what’s really important. Loved this .

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Emma L.

Great book

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Rosemary G.

I really loved this book, Gary reads it so well and put a reality to it, I found it sad ,funny and very interesting, can't wait to buy the actual book and re read it. Thank you for your honesty Gary. ❤️

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enjoyed this book

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Anna S.

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