Everything you need to know about Shirley Ballas' book 'Behind the Sequins'

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Good Housekeeping

Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas is best known for her in-depth critique and friendly encouragement on the hit BBC dance contest, but she's about to give fans a closer look into her life outside of the show.

The dancer and judge is releasing an autobiography entitled 'Behind the Sequins', which will tell the story of her life, from her childhood to her glamorous job on one of TV's biggest shows.

"It has been a joy to write and I cannot wait to share my story with you," Shirley wrote on Instagram.

Shirley Ballas Behind the Sequins: What's it about?

Publisher Penguin has shared a synopsis.

"In Behind the Sequins, Queen of Latin and Head Judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Shirley Ballas, leads us through her dramatic and determined life, from growing up on a rough estate on the Wirral and leaving home at 14 years old, to conquering the high-octane world of Ballroom and coping with betrayal, bullying, two broken marriages and a personal tragedy that left Shirley and her family devastated," it read.

It goes on to explain how the book charts Shirley's career spanning more than 40 years, which has seen her go from a travelling competitive dancer to a coach and teacher.

"Speaking from the heart, Shirley leaves her dancing shoes at the door to tell you the story of a fiery, strong-willed grafter, who danced through everything life threw at her and was never afraid to leave it all on the floor."

Shirley Ballas Behind the Sequins: When's it out?

The book will be released on 1 October. You can pre-order it now...

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