IN&OUTTONIGHT REVIEWS Falling foul of afootiegrump 26 Tuesday, 13 October 2009 London Lite AS THIS years X Factor reaches its all- important elimination stages, one person knows only too well about the fame, the adoration and the pressures that come with the reality TV show crown. Since winning the talent contest in 2006, Leona Lewiss feet have hardly touched the ground. With a handful of music awards under her belt -- including an Ivor Novello Award for bestselling British single -- she has also had chart success across the pond. Her debut album Spirit made her the first UK solo artist to top the Billboard 200 with a debut album. When she announced she was writing her autobiography, I wondered if there was much that we didnt already know about Leona Louise Lewis, the 24- year-old former waitress from Hackney. And after reading her memoirs, I realised that there wasnt: she is actually slightly dull. She speaks about her supportive family and her relationship with long- term love Lou Al-Chamaa. She tells of why she became a vegetarian at the age of 12. Theres gushing when she remembers meeting stars such as P Diddy and Will Smith, and singing for Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday party, before words are replaced by glossy pictures. Its certainly not an in-depth look into Lewiss life, but this coffee table book would make a decent stocking-filler for any of her fans this Christmas. GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN M ichael henderson is a grumpy old chap who writes about cricket for The daily Telegraph. he is also very bothered footballs changed so much in the past 40 years. he breaks down the 50 People Who Fouled Up Football (one senses he might have preferred another verb that begins with F) into alphabetical order, from a chapter on chelseas owner, roman abramovich, to one on so-called super agent Pini Zahavi. its a list with few surprises. so, he rails against the impatience of abramovich, the thuggery of Joey Barton and the greed of ashley cole. its hardly revelatory stuff, unless you need someone to tell you newcastle Uniteds Barton is a lout. But henderson makes a schoolboy error. he suggests Barton wouldnt last 10 minutes on a rugby field with heroic warriors such as Martin Johnson. This argument has an obvious problem -- just how would big old Johnson fare on a football pitch with the game flying past him at 100mph? But it also fails to recognise professional rugby union is hardly blameless, as the recent Bloodgate scandal illustrated. indeed, given the recent problems of Formula 1, cricket and athletics, poor bat- tered old football comes off quite well. henderson also inexplicably ignores some of footballs real problems. The bungs culture, diving and the incessant promotion of the Premier leagues Big Four by the media at the expense of the rest: none of this is even addressed. however, despite his harrumphing nature, henderson is a good writer and he does pick a few worthy targets. alan hansen and the generally atrocious standard of British TV punditry gets a kicking (hansen has nothing to say and is determined to say it) as henderson suggests taking note of how rTe in ireland go about the same busi- ness with the caustic Johnny Giles and the controversial eamon dunphy. its an entertainingly spirited and easy read, but henderson also often nails the right targets for the wrong reasons. Wayne rooney is lambasted for keeping himself to himself in his home village of Prestbury in cheshire rather than for his frequently unpunished stampings and tantrums, while robinho gets it in the neck for being a footballing failure in his first season -- despite ending up as Manchester citys top goal scorer -- rather than for his undermining of manager Mark hughess authority along with fellow Brazilian elano. in the end henderson simply has it wrong. he may have fallen out of love with football -- but millions of us have not. REVIEWSBOOKS Memoirsofathrillingrideto famehavethezzzzzzfactor Music Hail! Hail! RocknRoll ByJohnHarris(LittleBrown,4.99) HHHHI GaBriel allon, newly married art forger and israeli spy, is interrupted on his honeymoon by a call from his boss. a former KGB officer is suspected of selling arms to al Qaeda and a journalist who was investigating the deal has been murdered. When a second informant is killed, Gabriel has to fly to Moscow, where his own life soon hangs by a thread. silvas grasp of the murky world of espionage has rightly earned him comparisons to John le carr. SIMON SHAW Moscow Rules ByDanielSilva (Penguin,6.99) Newpaperbacks AutobiogRApHy Dreams ByLeonaLewis(Hodder&Stoughton,20) HHIII BrISCoe is one of our most successful black female barristers, but its not that which has propelled her into the headlines. As a child, she suffered terrible abuse by her mother, who inflicted ghastly injuries on her and refused even to keep a photograph of her in the house because she was so ugly. And when Constance recorded her experiences in this book her mother sued her for libel. This new edition covers the subsequent court case in grim but fascinating detail. SS ugly ByConstanceBriscoe (Hodder,7.99) a cUrioUs biblical artifact linked to the ark of The covenant is stolen from a Washington museum and the curator murdered. The only witness, a photographer, flees for her life pursued by religious fanatics desperate to get their hands on the ancient treasure. if the plot of Palovs first novel sounds like esoteric gobbledegook, the blame probably has to be shared between steven spielberg and dan Brown. But to give Palov credit, she creates better characters than Brown and has a crisper prose style. SS stones of Fire ByCMPalov (Penguin,6.99) tHe big ReAD 50 people Who Fouled up Football ByMichaelHenderson(Constable,12.99) HHIII pAul connolly tHRilleR the girl Who Kicked the Hornets nest ByStiegLarsson(MacLehosePress,18.99) HHHHI THIS is the final part of the Millennium trilogy, by Larsson, who died in 2004 after delivering the manuscript to his publisher. His background as editor of the anti-racist expo magazine plays a big part in the books -- much of the action revolves around fictional campaigning magazine Millennium. The first novel, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, introduced us to Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old private investigator and talented hacker with a photographic memory. The daughter of a russian defector, she is silent on the subject of her past, but over the course of the first two novels we learn that she was locked up in a psychiatric unit at the age of 13 to prevent her blowing her fathers cover. The final novel recounts Lisbeths entanglements with the many forces arrayed against her, from her own family to secret cabals within the security forces. Will she finally find justice? Gripping stuff. OLIVIA WALMSLEY Feeling blue: Chelseas Roman Abramovich is on the hit list This celebration of what spinal Tap called the majesty of rock, the mystery of roll is like digging through a crate of vinyl. dip in anywhere and youll either unearth something youve never heard before, or a piece of rock history. its not an exhaustive survey. instead harris combines amusing anecdotes and illustrated guides with a music geeks love of lists. Theres an a-Z of Beatles women, a list of 20 albums that should never have been made and a diagram detailing members of the 27 club: stars who died at rocks fateful age. Fun facts abound -- celine dions rider demands the best local childrens choir available while aretha Franklin has asked for $25,000 in cash. harris occasionally nerds out (i doubt that many people will be interested in his trainspottery history of cymbals) but overall this has an impressively high hit rate, certainly higher than most secondhand record shops. if youre looking for a diverting gift for the crate-digger in your life, look no further. AMBER COWAN Dull: Leona index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html