Just three years ago Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik had never met each other. As solo singers trying their luck on The X-Factor in 2010 they looked to be on their way out until Simon Cowell put them together to form the band, One Direction. They finished third in the Final but it was just the beginning - Today, they are one of the biggest and most profitable bands in the world. Their debut album topped the charts in fifteen countries and they were the first UK group in history to enter at number one in the US with a debut album. Successive singles have been No 1 around the world. And in sell-out tours in the UK, Australasia and America they have been greeted by hordes of screaming fans reminiscent of the early Beatles. A major world concert tour beginning in February 2013, taking in over 100 shows in Europe, North America and Australasia, will secure their global domination! This comprehensive book charts their remarkable lives from humble childhood beginnings to super stardom. It takes an in-depth look at their early lives, their relationships with their families, schooldays, first public performances, romances, the life-changing X-Factor, their relationship with each other, the fun and the frustration of working so closely together, their wild fans and world-wide acclaim with over five million Facebook fans and three million followers on Twitter. In this first full, no-holds-barred account of their lives, the book examines each of their backgrounds to discover how each one of these seemingly ordinary boys developed into such extraordinary international stars.
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Jim Maloney is a freelance showbiz journalist and published author who has been showbiz editor of the Daily Mail, deputy editor of OK! Magazine. He has written books including One Direction Test Your Super-Fan Status, JLS Unauthorised Annual and David & Victoria: An Invitation To A Wedding.
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