Review of ‘Who I Am’ by Melanie C

I was never a fan of the Spice Girls, although I couldn’t escape their influence. I always thought that Mel C, Sporty Spice, was the best singer and seemed the most authentic. Put it this way, I wouldn’t have been interested in reading the memoirs of the other Spices.

Book cover of Who I Am by Melanie C

This is a searingly honest book about Mel’s life before, during, and after the Spice Girls phenomenon. Although it has some good anecdotes (and some, er, ‘wee stories’) it’s mainly an account of the depression and eating disorder which had a devastating effect on her wellbeing, plus the challenges of being in the media spotlight and hounded by the press. Mel tells her story with candour and Scouse wit.

I was surprised to learn that the Spice Girls were not as ‘manufactured’ as I thought. I enjoyed reading about how Mel formed friendships with Bryan Adams, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Anthony Kiedis and several others, as well as how the group dynamic worked with Geri, Mel B, Emma and Victoria.

The writing was a little repetitive and had some spelling mistakes. The book was a generally a very good read and included some great photos. You don’t have to love the Spice Girls to enjoy the book, although I should warn you that the songs will be going around your head constantly.

Published in 2022.

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2 thoughts on “Review of ‘Who I Am’ by Melanie C”

    1. It was a better read than I expected! It was kind of annoying how the songs stayed in my head for ages but eventually they left 😀

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