Life's What You Make It
Phillip Schofield

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Narrated By: Phillip Schofield

Duration: 10 hours and 10 minutes

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Life's What You Make It
the bravely honest and uplifting memoir from one of Britain's most cherished TV presenters, Phillip Schofield

For a long time, I felt that I couldn't write this book. At first, I didn't think I'd lived enough, then life got busy and filled with distractions. In more recent years, there was always a very painful consideration - I knew where it would eventually have to go.

I have recently decided that the truth is the only thing that can set me free. The truth has taken a long time to make itself clear to me, but now is the right time to share it, all of it.

Television and broadcasting has been a part of my DNA for as long as I can remember. As a young boy I would make model TV sets out of cardboard boxes, while spending long summers at home, barefoot on Cornwall's golden beaches. Landing a job at the ice-cream kiosk, I would enviously look on as my presenting heroes took to the stage of Radio 1's Roadshow, an unforgettable event when it came to town.

In Life's What You Make It I look back with nostalgic delight on my life, from being a young boy endlessly writing letters to the BBC in pursuit of a job in broadcasting, to making it on to the Broom Cupboard, with my infamous sidekick Gordon the Gopher, to being on Going Live and starring as the lead in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It has taken four decades to get here but I feel lucky to have called the sets of Talking Telephone Numbers, The Cube, Dancing on Ice and of course, This Morning, home.

I'm going to take you behind the scenes of my television home at ITV, into my career and my dangerously funny relationship with Holly Willoughby. I'm going to introduce you to my loving and remarkable family, and I hope most of all to tell you that life, it seems, is what you make it. Take it from someone who has sat on the very edge and looked over, it's all about the people that love you.

© Phillip Schofield 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Memoirs, Autobiography: arts and entertainment, Television, Individual actors and performers, Radio / podcasts

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One of our favourite things is the many hilarious anecdotes he has to share about his good friend Holly Willoughby


What a fascinating memoir

Tim Peake

In this soul-bearing autobiography, Phillip looks back on his broadcasting career . . . A frank and highly readable life story

Sunday Express

Phillip Schofield has spoken candidly about his coming out process and his current mental health struggles in his autobiography

Pink News

[A] fantastic read on such an interesting life

Lorraine Kelly



It's fascinating, it's funny and it's beautifully written . . . brilliant

Chris Moyles, Radio X

A bona fide national treasure . . . He tells his story in his way, with great honesty


Takes readers on the journey Phillip has taken to get to where he is today. Fans will delight at a nostalgic look back at Phillip's life, relish the behind the scenes stories, and feel touched by the emotional honesty in his writing

Northern Life Magazine

Full of anecdotes about onscreen mishaps and meeting the famous

Daily Mail

A beautiful book. There are amazing stories in there about meeting Princess Diana, the Red Arrows and all of our favourite telly shows. It's a delight

BBC Radio 2

We have loved your book - you've been so honest, open, everything that anyone knows you so well will have hoped to get from this book . . . you get it. A stroll through your incredible career and you also tackle, head on, in a really beautiful way what happened earlier this year

Loose Women


Evening Standard

A fantastic read!

BBC Radio 2

A really smashing book

Michael Ball

The book we've all been waiting for . . . we haven't been able to put it down


The silver-haired overlord of daytime TV . . . Schofe's candour is admirable