Despite admitting that he sometimes ‘felt envious of George’s prodigious talent’, and poking fun at his friend’s habit of teasing and straightening his hair in a lengthy ritual of ‘singed curls and hairspray’, this is a remarkably generous memoir from someone who quickly recognised that while for him being a pop star was just a game, for George Michael it was much more: a compulsion and a curse. Inevitably his death casts a shadow over the final pages of this book, but otherwise this isn’t the place to look if you want any serious introspection on the fleeting nature of most pop careers, or what it’s like to spend the rest of your life basking in the afterglow of early fame. It simply isn’t that kind of book. Instead this is, in more than one sense, the biography of a friend.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator