No Angel by Tom Bower
The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone

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'I'm no angel.' Bernie Ecclestone. Born into poverty, Bernie Ecclestone has made himself a billionaire by developing the world's second most popular sport - Formula One racing. Private, mysterious and some say sinister, the eighty-year-old criss-crosses the globe in his private jet, mixing with celebrities, statesmen and sporting heroes. His success is not just in creating a multibillion-pound global business but in resisting repeated attempts to snatch the glittering prize from his control. Ecclestone has never before revealed how he graduated from selling second-hand cars in London's notorious Warren Street to become the major player he is today. He has finally decided to reveal his secrets: the deals, the marriages, the disasters and the successes in Formula One racing, in Downing Street, in casinos, on yachts and in the air. Surprisingly, he has granted access to his inner circle to Tom Bower, described by Ecclestone as 'The Undertaker' - the man who buries reputations - and has given him access to all his friends and enemies. All have been told by Ecclestone, 'Tell him the truth, good or bad.' No Angel is a classic rags-to-riches story, the unique portrayal of a unique man and an intriguing insight into Formula One racing, business and the human spirit. Tom Bower is the author of nineteen books, including biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, Conrad Black and, more recently, Simon Cowell.

About Tom Bower

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Tom Bower has a distinguished reputation as an investigative historian, broadcaster and journalist. He has written biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Al Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson and Conrad Black, among others. Broken Dreams, his investigation into corruption in English football, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 2003.
Published January 1, 2011 by Faber and Faber. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Another would be Slavica Malic, a 6ft 2in Croatian model who, in Bower's gruesomely entertaining account, became the second Mrs Ecclestone in 1985 and secured a £750m divorce settlement – probably around a quarter of his total wealth – after leaving him 23 years later.

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So while there is an affectionate tone to the account of Ecclestone's early years, there are sufficient hints at a possible darker side - less Bernie the underdog who somehow got lucky and more the intensely motivated car dealer who calculated and forced his way to the very summit.

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But for his latest book – No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone, published last week – Bower received almost unprecedented co-operation from the billionaire Formula 1 racing boss.

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