Life’s What You Make It


For a long time, I felt that I couldn’t write this book. At first, I didn’t think I’d lived enough, then life got busy and filled with distractions. In more recent years, there was always a very painful consideration – I knew where it would eventually have to go. I have recently decided that the truth is the only thing that can set me free. The truth has taken a long time to make itself clear to me, but now is the right time to share it, all of it. Television and broadcasting has been a part of my DNA for as long as I can remember. In ‘Life’s What You Make It’ I look back with nostalgic delight on my life, from being a young boy endlessly writing letters to the BBC in pursuit of a job in broadcasting, to making it on to the Broom Cupboard, with my infamous sidekick Gordon the Gopher, to being on Going Live and starring as the lead in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.

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Discover the funny, uplifting, occasionally heartbreaking and always honest life story of Phillip Schofield


‘Searingly honest, brave, highly readable’
Sunday Express
‘[A] fantastic read on such an interesting life’ Lorraine Kelly
‘A really smashing book’ Michael Ball

For forty years we’ve been watching Phillip – from children’s TV to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and This Morning – but what is life like behind the scenes and who is he when the camera is off?

In Life’s What You Make It Phillip tells us his secrets, whisking us from an idyllic Cornwall childhood via pestering the BBC for a job to hanging out with stars of stage and screen.

Packed with stories he’s never told, here’s all the excitement of live TV, the mayhem and mistakes, the friendships with beloved co-stars and the sadness of onscreen breakups.

Above all, it’s the wonderful tale of how life – like our favourite shows – is truly and always what you make it.

‘A beautiful book. There are amazing stories in there about meeting Princess Diana, the Red Arrows and all of our favourite telly shows. It’s a delight’ Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2

‘We have loved your book – you’ve been so honest, open, everything that anyone will have hoped to get from this book . . . you get it. A stroll through your incredible career and you also tackle, head on, in a really beautiful way what happened earlier this year’ Andrea McLean, Loose Women

‘One of our favourite things is the many hilarious anecdotes he has to share about his good friend Holly Willoughby’ Hello!

‘The book we’ve all been waiting for . . . we haven’t been able to put it down’ New

‘Candid, brave and readable . . . This Morning fans will love stories of his 18 years on the show’ Sunday Express

‘A bona fide national treasure . . . He tells his story in his way, with great honesty’ Prima

‘A fantastic read!’ Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2

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Weight 0.341 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm






393 , 16 unnumbered of plates




791.45092 (edition:23)


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