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Summary

Leave it all on the floor.... 

Queen of Latin ballroom Shirley Ballas has a spectacular dance career spanning over 40 years - she has cha-cha'd her way across the world's dance floors to become a multi-award-winning ballroom champion and one of the most renowned dancers in the world. In 1996, Shirley retired from competitive dancing to become a highly acclaimed coach and now holds the enviable position of head judge on BBC One's prime-time show Strictly Come Dancing

In Behind the Sequins, she leads us through her dramatic and determined life, from growing up in a rough estate on the Wirral and leaving home at 14 years old to conquering the high-octane world of ballroom and coping with betrayal, bullying, two broken marriages and a personal tragedy that left Shirley and her family devastated. 

Speaking from the heart, Shirley leaves her dancing shoes at the door to tell you the story of a fiery, strong-willed grafter who could make the brat pack blush. 

©2020 Shirley Ballas (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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loved this book.

fab book, well read by Shirley too
So sad about her brother as I know how she feels going through same with my brother!
Sad way she was treated sometimes.
Glad she has never forgotten where ahe came.
Sounds like an amazing mum and son too.

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Hugely enjoyable

Great book written by a Shirley Rich (Ballas).
Happy Sad cry tough life ,Happy ending..

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Enthralling

Couldn't turn it off! Amazing story. So interesting and humbling.Thank you Shirley for sharing your life

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Wonderfully honest and hugely inspiring. Thank you Shirley Ballas for sharing your life story x

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A very honest autobiography .

A very honest insight from Shirley showing the highs and lows of ambition.
I enjoyed it from start to finish

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Great read

loved it, great insight to Shirley's life and her time getting to be head judge on SCD

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A really enjoyable listen - left me feeling a lot of admiration for this lovely lady.

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Great story

Loved hearing Shirley read her story and fascinated to learn of her background and the strong family bond she has with her mum and son

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Well what a fantastic and honest book. Shirley Ballas is sincere and real and has never lost her working class roots. Worldly wise with a beautiful soul. So generous to share sensitive memories and so very touching!
Such a privilege to read your story.

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fabulous

loved it, best read for a while, I recommend this wonderful true story for all