That's Me in the Corner: Adventures of an Ordinary Boy in a Celebrity World

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Cornered at a family gathering by a nine-year-old that asks him who he is, movie critic Andrew Collins found himself with no definite answer. In this memoir he sets out to retrace how he got to where he is today. Seventeen precarious jobs in seventeen years: from trolley collector at Sainsbury's to high-flying film critic sipping cocktails with Will Smith and Jerry Bruckheimer on a yacht in Cannes. This is Andrew's tale of rubbing shoulders with the world's biggest stars: pissing off Christina Ricci, having his hairstyle mocked by Noel Gallagher, trying not to wake Clive James from his afternoon nap, having his apple pie eaten by Bob Geldof, and somehow stumbling into the next dream job. Along the way, he's been the world's worst gossip columnist, a television presenter, a scriptwriter, and a ghost writer. The book charts a world of hedonism, the mundane, towering egos, shallow idiocy, and occasional moments of mind-blowing joy.

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Andrew Collins was born in 1969 outside Philadelphia, grew up in Connecticut, and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, in 1991. That same year he joined Fodor's staff and over the next two years edited or co-edited more than a dozen travel guides. In 1994 he conceived of and developed Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA, the first edition which published in 1996. He's worked as an editor or writer on more than 100 travel books and Collins writes a syndicated weekly travel column called "Out of Town," which appears on several Web sites, as well as in gay and lesbian newspapers nationwide. Presently he divides his time between New Mexico, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, and logs more than 40,000 miles annually driving across North America.

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"Collins' easygoing charm is hard to resist - a welcome visitor into any home that houses a Nick Hornby or a Tony Parsons" The Herald "All recounted in a wittily self-deprecating style. As good an insight into magazine life as you'll get" Q Magazine "Entertaining from start to finish" OK! "It's Almost Famous for grown-ups. Witty music journo Collins describes a life of rubbing shoulders with the stars" Zoo "A punchy self-help book for aspiring journalists" The Times

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