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Sharon Marshall is always popping up on TV these days as a self-styled soaps queen who knows all there is to know about Corrie, Enders and Emmerdale but for ten long years she worked as a newspaper hack in tabloid journalism and this book is kind of her memoirs from that period. The first thing to say about the book is that it is extremely funny and had me laughing out loud through most of it. It is also incredibly gossipy and even when names aren't named (and they often are!) you kind of know who the celebrities are! You also really get an insight into how newspapers (and in particular tabloid newspapers) work which is absolutely fascinating. If anyone has worked in a newsroom or known people who have you will immediately recognise the characters! I would really recommend this book for 1) Anyone who is interested in celebrities and 2) Anyone interested in a career in journalism!
Wealth, success and a host of celebrity friends - the life of a tabloid journalist is certainly glamorous. As if. Sharron Marshall, tabloidese extraordinaire puts pen to paper and dishes the delicious dirt on what life was REALLY like during her ten years at the top. In hilariously entertaining prose, we follow Marshall through her whirlwind career as a wannabe hack who's desperate to land that elusive dream job of 'staff writer'. Her truthful memoirs make for a hilarious read as we laugh, cringe and cry with her through the many impossible tasks she must do, including sifting through Simon Cowell's bedroom and posing as a swinger. Despite the books obvious humour, Marshall regularly lifts the lid on the not-so-glamorous side of being a tabloid journo, always nostalgically referring back to the fact she was 'always warned'. Endless drinking sessions and the hilariously degrading lengths the characters go through to land the latest scoop make this a real eye opener to any wannabe hack or book lover. All in all, a highly recommended book that will stay with you long after you reach the ending. Pros: -Truthful, savvy and so very, very funny. -Eye opening -Fluent and easy to read -Price, a bargain £3.50 on Amazon.co.uk (July 2010) or £6.99 elsewhere. Cons: -None!
This review is of the auto-biography book "Tabloid Girl" by Sharon Marshall. Marshall is a journalist and television presenter who specialises in gossip and soaps, and this is her look at the world in which she has worked for so many years. Sharon Marshall has worked for a number of newspapers over the last ten years, and spent time as the television editor for the News of the World newspaper. I didn't watch them (honestly!), but she was also a contestant on the TV shows, Celebrity Fit Club and Trust Me - I'm a Beauty Therapist. In many ways, it's quite concerning to see the tactics which the newspapers used to get their stories and how celebrities got their stories into the papers, but it's still a fascinating look at how they're put together. It's definitely a book to read if you're interested in how to get your television or gossip story in the papers through! The book also has lots of little pieces of gossip about the soaps, which is inevitable given the author's experience in soap journalism. The whole book does have a similar approach to the similar style journalistic auto-biography of Piers Morgan, and even has a quote from Morgan on the front of the book saying that he's glad that he never employed Sharon Marshall. There is a more sinister side to the whole book unfortunately, which is simply that the tabloid papers really did make a lot of stories up about individuals. Telling those stories often damaged the lives of the celebrities and their families, but the tabloids kept doing it to ensure that their readership was maintained. It's a dark side of the journalism, but I suppose I'd be naive if I thought I could believe everything that I read in the papers! This book isn't especially well written in my view, despite the author being a journalist, and it is written in a very tabloid style, although this is to be expected. Sometimes the stories of excess do become a bit dull, and the gossipy side of the book rather shallow, but despite that, I did find the book engaging. The book retails for 6.99 pounds, but is currently available on Amazon for just 3.50 pounds including postage. If you're happy with a second hand copy, at the time of writing these are available for around three pounds including postage on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The ISBN for this book is 9780751544008 and the book is 290 pages long. In summary, this is a fascinating look at the world of tabloid newspapers. Sometimes the stories which the book tells show the bad side of newspaper and journalism, both in terms of the way that the stories are gathered and in terms of how the journalists live their lives. It's not necessarily a great work in terms of writing quality, but it's engaging and interesting, and at the bargain price at Amazon at the moment, definitely worth a look if biographies interest you.