George is the story of two extraordinary lives – the private man and the public legend.
Georgios Panayiotou was just eighteen when he decided to adopt the stage name of George Michael. Sometimes his two worlds would collide with shattering consequences.
Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has gone back to the neighbourhoods of North London to trace the astonishing journey of a sensitive but determined boy who grew up to be one of the biggest British pop stars of all time.
Along the way, he talks to those close to George, revealing the real man – funny, articulate, intelligent and generous spirited – who hid behind the powerful image he created.
He reveals the complex relationship with his high-achieving Greek-Cypriot father; the unconditional love of his mother; his teenage relationships with girls; and his first tragic love affair with another man.
George’s career began falteringly with a schoolboy band, exploded with Wham! before he became a solo phenomenon. But at the height of his fame, the world seemed to turn against him. Smith describes his despair at losing the two people who mattered most, how he sought consolation in drugs, his notorious ‘coming out’ and how he ended up in jail.
His health failed him and he died heartbreakingly alone on Christmas Day, 2016.
Affectionate yet honest and moving, George is both a celebration of George Michael’s music and a lasting tribute to a decent and much-loved man.
Praise for George:
‘A celebration of his life, as well as his music. Brill.’ Closer
‘Incredibly moving insight into a man who is without doubt part of the soundtrack to my childhood’ – Shelley Fallows at Lovereading
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‘Fans will be engrossed’ OK Magazine
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“A kind but astute biography. Four stars.” Mail on Sunday
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“Jaunty and well-researched … the most complete and entertaining portrait of the Welsh superstar to date” – The Mail on Sunday (Event Magazine)
“A lavishly appointed, no-holds-barred biography.” – MailOnline
About the author
Sean Smith is the UK’s leading celebrity biographer and the author of six Sunday Times bestsellers, with his titles being translated throughout the world. Described by the Independent as a ‘fearless chronicler’, he specialises in meticulous research, going ‘on the road’ to find the real person behind the star image.
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Having read this book and being a life long fan of George’s work from a very early age,I must admit to finding this read, interesting and informative in places.
Not too sure of the “George’s stars” section at the back end of the book,but hey, whatever floats your boat. A good selection of photographs, some of which I’ve never seen before, are located before the final pages.
I think as ever, and as a personal reflection, that George was an extremely complex individual from the outside looking in and loving, caring and considerate, from the inside looking out. On Christmas day 2016, having heard the news, I went upstairs and cried my eyes out, before going out for lunch with my family, and me, 48yrs old at the time! I deal with personal loss in varying degrees on a daily basis, but never, ever have I felt so lost, as I did that Christmas day. I lost the one constant in my life that I felt should have been around for a lot longer, but alas, it was not to be.
Maybe if he/we had have been forewarned of what the future held for George, we could have got his true feelings down on paper.