X FACTOR star, Dermot O’Leary is set to sign copies of his memoir: "The Soundtrack of my life" at 5pm on Thursday 30th October in WH Smith, Lakeside.
Dermot O’Leary has always loved music. Throughout his life and career, music has been a constant companion, best friend, confidant and at times, tormentor.
THE Soundtrack to My Life is Dermot’s personal memoir told through the songs that were playing at key moments in his life. With a wonderful gift for storytelling,
Dermot describes his journey from a childhood in Colchester with his Irish family, to some of the biggest jobs in TV and radio in the UK. It’s a story which was accompanied, in every scene, by music.
Dermot would be the first to admit, they are not all great songs. This isn’t Desert Island Discs; the songs chose him, not the other way round. Dermot went to his first gig at the age of 9, and saw Irish troubadour Brendan Shine, he roller-skated to Baby I Can’t Wait by Nu Shooz and got his first job in TV while the Macarena was playing everywhere. Constantly.
But, other songs playing in the background to his life – songs by The Smiths, Elbow, The Pogues or Bruce Springsteen, are tracks and artists which he truly loves and will always love, and not just for the memories they evoke.
Dermot says: “From year dot, music has been integral to my life, and I’ve been fortunate enough to carve out a career with music as its backdrop. It’s been my best friend, my mentor, and at times my hair pulling older sibling. I hope readers will identify with this, and enjoy reading the Soundtrack to My Life, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.”
Funny, engaging and full of surprises, this is Dermot’s memoir and his essential soundtrack to his life. A book which also interestingly serves as a guide as to how to get into and survive a career in broadcasting. It will publish in hardback and eBook on 9th October 2014.
Dermot O’Leary has been the much-loved host of ITV’s The X Factor for seven series, and is now working on his eighth. He also presents his own Sony award-winning BBC Radio 2 show, which draws in close to 2 million listeners each week. From early beginnings as a Runner for BBC Essex, then a researcher on the TV show Light Lunch, Dermot became one of the founding presenters on Channel Four’s T4, before moving on to presenting and producing Big Brother’s Little Brother.
Dermot has hosted a number of other programmes including, most recently, Channel Four’s ground-breaking documentary Live From Space which broadcast from the International Space Station.