Book review: Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2015 by Alison Maloney

If you want the all the backstage gossip on the tears, tantrums and triumphs of this year’s glitzy Strictly Come Dancing fest, then reach out for the perfect partner.

Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2015 by Alison Maloney
Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2015 by Alison Maloney

The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2015, written by author and entertainment journalist Alison Maloney, is your trusty step-by-step guide to all the goings-on beneath the glitterball of Strictly’s fabulous series twelve.

Fans young and old can spin and shimmy through this treasure trove of dancing delights which includes everything from discovering just how many sequins it takes to make a costume to throwing your own Strictly party.

Enjoy the drama as dynamic duo Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman lift the lid on their new show presenting partnership, take a waltz through the thoughts of judges Bruno, Craig, Darcey and Len and enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Strictly’s famous costumes.

And if that isn’t enough for die-hard Strictly groupies, there’s the chance to read exclusive interviews, swot up an all the dances from the saucy samba to the cheeky Charleston, and follow a day in the life of a professional dancer.

Take a lesson on stage make-up, play a Strictly version of Ballroom Bingo with friends, test your brain with a quickstep quiz to sort out fact from fiction and discover the rules of complex dances like the Viennese Waltz and American Smooth.

This wonderfully informative and entertaining annual tells you everything you wanted to know about the dancers and their celebrity partners, and even guides you through the process of making your own glitterball garland, mixing up a strawberry samba drink and serving a feast of Charleston chicken.

And rest assured, when it comes to the dancers’ final foray onto the glamorous Strictly dance floor, you will be prepped, stretched and on your toes for those spectacular last steps.

Up close and Strictly personal!

(BBC Books, hardback, £12.99)