Be Kind

A Tribute to Caroline Flack

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Pub Date 13 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 18 Aug 2020

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“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Caroline Flack was the girl who had it all ... beauty, talent, money, fame and a hugely successful TV career. But, away from the cameras and the fabulous parties, there hid a lonely, frightened young woman. Caroline was already a rising star when she shot to fame as the presenter of ITV’s Love Island. With her beauty and her effervescent personality, she was perfect for the role and soon the show was drawing six million viewers.

Yet, behind the scenes her private life was chaotic. She dated Prince Harry, Harry Styles and Russell Brand before finding love with former professional tennis player Lewis Burton.

Her world came crashing down the night Lewis called 999 to report that Caroline was attacking him. Police found Caroline hysterical and the couple covered in blood.

Just as it seemed life could not get any worse, Caroline was fired by ITV and barred by the courts from contacting Lewis.

In this extraordinary and revealing book Emily Herbert talks with friends of Caroline and celebrities to reveal the heart-breaking events, the intolerable bullying on social media, and a battle with mental health that led to the tragic death of this much-loved woman.

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Caroline Flack was the girl who had it all ... beauty, talent, money, fame and a hugely successful TV career. But, away from the cameras and the...

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A thoughtful look at the brilliant life and tragic death of Caroline Flack. Caroline Flack should be remembered as a pint sized, gorgeous legged girl who was fizzing with energy and ambition. She was loved by many and had such an electric presence on screen, and stage I learnt for a short while. She created loveliness and warmth all around her and seemed to be very much loved. This story tells how grew up with a loving family and twin sister and how she rose to stardom after appearing in Strictly come dancing and became the nations favourite. She seemed to achieve a huge amount in her short life and will be remembered for her antics as being the girl next door and someone who's energy we all wanted. She was a sweetheart and this book is very well written in telling her story and life. Very professional Emily Herbert and you are right.. Lets just be kind!

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We all know Caroline Flack. That beautiful effervescent presenter and entertainer who tragically took her own life sparking the trend ‘Be Kind’. Caroline and her twin Jody, along with their siblings grew up in Norfolk. She was self conscious of her weight and skin in childhood which led to bullying. This was the start of her insecurities. The book details her career after moving to London. Her love of children’s tv that brought out her wacky side. It explores her television roles, her love interests and her friends. Emily Herbert has also shown Caroline’s worrying obsession with Social Media. It also shows that the Caroline we saw on screen was another in real life. The author does not dwell on her death. Which I feel is appropriate as Caroline Flack should be known for more that the tragic woman we saw in the last few months of her life. She was a brilliant entertainer who just longed to find someone to deeply love her. Through reading this book I feel I know more about the person she was. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc in return for an honest review #NetGalley. #BeKind #CarolineFlack. #EmilyHerbert

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Be Kind shows the Caroline Flack behind the media stories. A woman who loved hard, fiercely loyal to her friends and battled with depression and her own demons, All the while asking for the world to be kind to each other. Caroline's story is tragically one that was cut short, subjected one too many times to the court of social media, the trend of people online having an opinion on a complete stranger in the public eye without having all the facts, of being fodder for the media. When the truth is neither showed who Caroline was truly. Like so many of us she had her flaws, she made mistakes but it didn't stop her from being a talented, loving and smart lady.

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A very fitting tribute to a beautiful soul who never realised her full worth. Thankfully Emily Herbert dwelt more on Caroline's life than her very sad death but tissues were required all the same. R.I.P.

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I think this definitely could've gone more in depth and been more thorough but for a quite biography to read, I think it served it's purpose.

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Really nicely written over something so tragic. Some parts were not necessary as they did not involve Caroline directly. I also didn’t feel like I learn a lot that I hadn’t already heard in the press, from the description I thought it would be friends and colleagues recalling stories etc about her life. Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.

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This book is so sad to read. This woman with so much beauty and talent snubbed out after struggling with mental health issues and at the end of the day no matter what part the law and the media played in her downfall and ultimate suicide it was so sad to read of a young girl with so many insecurities about not being good enough when the world loved her. This was someone self deprecating and honest about her mistakes and a sad loss but I hope we do all remember to just be kind.

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