The personal story behind Lorriane Kelly's new self-help book ‘Shine’: 'I've struggled with the menopause’

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We’re used to seeing Lorraine Kelly on our screens as positivity personified, her cheery manner and welcoming smile have become part of the show's DNA.

But, like any of us, Lorriane Kelly suffers from stress and anxiety from time to time, admitting that she too has “off days”.

Lorraine confided that she “struggled” particularly during the menopause and now wants to "show readers how to live every day to the fullest".

"Women often ask me how I manage to keep my energy, positivity and enthusiasm up, day in, day out," she said on the show.

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"To be honest, like all of us, I have my off days. I've suffered with anxiety and struggled with the menopause, but I've found ways to get my shine back.

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"I want to share all of those experiences and the lessons I have learned with other women so that we can all make every day a little sunnier."

So what can we expect from Lorraine’s new self-help book, Shine?

Publishers have revealed that Shine will be a “personal and practical guide that brings together all of Lorraine’s accumulated wisdom from her career, as well as her experiences as a mother, wife and friend”.

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Zennor Compton, senior editor for non-fiction at Century, said, "Lorraine Kelly is a true national treasure.

"Charismatic, dedicated and down-to-earth, she's earned her place as television icon.

“We are grateful to Lorraine for writing such an honest, practical and uplifting book and we know readers will love it too."

The new project comes after Lorraine won a £1.2million legal battle, by arguing that she plays a character on her show.

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Judge Jennifer Dean ruled: “We did not accept that Ms Kelly simply appeared as herself; we were satisfied that Ms Kelly presents a persona of herself.

“We should make clear we do not doubt that Ms Kelly is an entertaining lady, but the point is that for the time Ms Kelly is contracted to perform live on air she is public 'Lorraine Kelly'.

“She may not like the guest she interviews, she may not like the food she eats, she may not like the film she viewed but that is where the performance lies.”

Lauren Hughes
Lauren Hughes

Lauren is deputy editor at woman&home.com in the UK and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren has worked on the woman&home brand for four years. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine. After starting out working for a local paper in Yorkshire, her journalism career took her to Bristol where she hunted out stories for national papers and magazines at Medavia news agency, before landing a job in London working as a lifestyle assistant.


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