Nicky Campbell: Going back to my roots

At first glance, Nicky Campbell's Blue-Eyed Son (Pan Macmillan, 8th October, h/b, £17.99, 1405047186) could be consigned to the celebrity autobiography dumpbins. Campbell's boyish, belligerent style--familiar from TV and radio shows including "Wheel of Fortune", "Top of the Pops", BBC Five Live's "Breakfast" and "Watchdog"--suggests a ghostwritten tale of life in the public eye.

Yet the subtitle, The Story of an Adoption, indicates a different approach. The book is in fact an in-depth record of Campbell's quest to trace his birth parents and to make them part of his life. By turns dramatic...

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