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It seems fitting that Andrew Morton, the Prince of Biography, should finally write Madonna, a biography of the Queen of Celebrity. Having completed biographies such as Diana: Her True Story, Monica's Story, and Posh and Becks, Morton has now turned his attention to "desperately seeking Madonna". Morton's biography is as much a study of celebrity as of Madonna herself. There is very little new here, besides some new photographs of Madonna before and after her arrival in New York in the 1970s, and suggestions that she suffered physical abuse at the hands of her stepmother. Otherwise, Morton is diligent but unsurprising in tracking down Madonna's old lovers and mentors, and offering a hurried, downbeat assessment of the future of Madonna's marriage to Guy Ritchie. Morton's central fascination is with Madonna's chameleon celebrity, "a cultural bloodhound always on the scent of the fresh, the cool and the credible". For Morton she is "the girl who wanted to rule the world but not change it", whose "appeal lies in the fact that she can be presented as the ultimate girl-next-door", "an embodiment of the radical sexual and social changes in modern America over the last 20 years". Morton's biographies are always readable, but in Madonna his subject seems to have overwhelmed him. --Jerry Brotton

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