Who We Are: Our Autobiography
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For the first time EVER, global superstars One Direction are releasing their 100% official autobiography, offering a new, intimate insight into their lives as never before seen or heard!
In their first in-depth autobiography, pop sensations Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis tell the story of their lives. From nervously auditioning for the X Factor and meeting each other for the first time, to filming their hit movie This Is Us and releasing their bestselling third album, Midnight Memories, it really has been one incredible journey. For the first time, the boys’ loyal fans will be given an unprecedented insight into all of it, from their humble beginnings and lives before the X Factor, to recording their first single, touring the world, winning awards, breaking records, and much, much more.
What has it been like for them? What did they really think of each other when they first met? What inspires their song-writing? How do they handle life on the road and long breaks away from those they care about and love? And what do they think is next for them as a band who have achieved so much so quickly?
Beautifully produced and filled with never-before-seen snaps, drawings and notes taking you behind the scenes of the creation of their music, their tours and their incredible friendship, One Direction are ready to lay themselves bare in a way we’ve never seen before.
Get ready for the incredible story of a lifetime from an incredible set of lads.
‘Niall, we’re hands down the worst celebrities on this planet!’ We were all really keen to get our third album out because we’d been so involved in the writing of that record. Before it came out, though, we had the small matter of releasing our own movie, This Is Us! That was just the best fun. The film crew had followed us on much of that big second album tour, starting off with footage of the multiple O2 shows we’d done. It was pretty mad having cameras around us for that long, but like I said
up, but that’s the kind of feeling that has got me through most things – just don’t mess up. I think this is a good point in the book to talk to you about the pretty serious confidence issues I suffered as a result of an early problem I had on stage. As many of you know, we appeared on a big Saturday night TV show in the UK and I wasn’t happy at all with my vocal. After the performance I saw some comments online that I struggled with. In the documentary we made during this time there’s a
we’ve been lucky to meet and I’m not gonna mention them all here, but certain ones do stand out. Take Martin Scorsese, for example. He came to meet us backstage at Madison Square Garden and that was just the most surreal moment. When you meet a name that’s just so big, a proper household name who everybody recognises as a genius, it’s an odd feeling. You know you’re really in the presence of a person who’s changed stuff, who’s really made a difference to the way things are done. If I meet those
was really enjoying being on stage – I was passionate about it and saw that world as an opportunity to get myself noticed outside of my local area. That was my thinking behind the decision to go for The X Factor. As you probably know, I failed to get past the first producers’ audition on my first attempt in 2009, but to be honest that rejection just made me even more determined to push on. When I went back the following year I was ready to give it everything. The previous year’s disappointment
I’ve watched those programmes since I was a kid and I’ve always thought, I wonder what it’s actually like, the moment they say you’ve won? The only problem we had that night was that back in the day I was known as the responsible one, so in the dressing room beforehand one of our managers, Richard Griffiths, handed me a blue sheet of paper and said, ‘Here are all the people it would be great for you to thank if we win.’ So when they opened the envelope and shouted out, ‘And the winner is ...’ I