This year's series of Strictly Come Dancing cha-cha-chas onto TV screens on Saturday - but some of the dancing celebs have told us their life stories already
This year's series of Strictly Come Dancing (the ninth!) promises its biggest-ever dancefloor and the prospect of 80s heart-throb Jason Donovan and ex-Enders actress Anita Dobson following in the footsteps of last year's winner Kara Tointon - or Ann Widdecombe.
Excitingly, many of the celebs taking part have already published their life stories - perhaps soon to be amended with tales of their sequin-spangled "journeys" to dance glory or disappointment.
Nancy Dell’Olio, glamourpuss lawyer and ex of former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson spilled the beans about her career, turbulent love life and exuberant fashion sense in My Beautiful Game (Bantam Press), while football pundit and outspoken former Welsh international player Robbie Savage is the author of Savage! (Mainstream), apparently a “unique insight into the extraordinary life of an elite sportsman, a colourful character and loving family man”.
British boxer Audley Harrison published Realising the Dream in 2001, while Especially for You singer Jason Donovan published Between the Lines (HarperCollins) a mere four years ago.
Meanwhile other celebrities have their own advice to offer. Ever-youthful singer and entertainer Lulu has Lulu’s Secrets to Looking Good (Collins) plus autobiography I Don’t Want to Fight (Sphere), while astrologer and entertainer Russell Grant has You Can Change Your Life: And Create Your Own Destiny (Vermilion) which reveals how each of us has our own personal solar system.
Most prolific of all is former MP Edwina Currie, whose publications include her diaries (Little, Brown) and a range of politically inspired novels including A Parliamentary Affair and A Woman’s Place.
Plus don't forget the judges and presenters: Bruce Forsyth has Bruce (Pan), Tess Daly has child-rearing guide The Baby Diaries (Vermilion) and her first novel The Camera Never Lies (published this October by Coronet), Len Goodman's memoir is Better Late than Never (Ebury) while the meanest judge of all, Craig Revel Horwood, has the fabulously titled All Balls and Glitter (Michael O'Mara).
The remaining celebs - actress Anita Dobson, former tennis player Dan Lobb, Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey, impressionist Rory Bremner, Aussie pop star Holly Valance, McFly drummer Harry Judd and TV presenter Alex Jones - are yet to publish, although give them time...