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Diary of a C-list Celeb - Paul Hendy

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Paul Hendy / Paperback / 304 Pages / Book is published 2004-07-05 by Bantam Books

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      11.02.2010 20:57
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      Will recommend, and re-read again and again

      About the Author ...Paul lives in London with his partner Emily and after trying to make it high on the circuit of being a celebrity after hosting a string of shows such as the greatly acclaimed wheel of fortune and do not try this at home both shows of which were cancelled after he hosted them, he is now turning his hand to writing after not being the face to make it on the red carpet so this is his first novel, and as they say it is best to write what you know , and on a personal level i think this is exactly what this book is, it could well be an autobiography as some things are so similar.

      The Story .......

      If you fancy reading about the life of a celebrity then this really gives you an insight in to their lives in the spot light , Simon Peters is a small time celebrity not as well known as some of the big names but he is hoping to try and get up there. but hosting games shows is not the right way to get to the top.

      Simon possibly can to make it off the c-list but with an agent that can never remember his name its sounds as though all the work he could possibly get is passing by but with bedding all the wrong people and going to the wrong showbiz parties then it is pretty understandable, and having a lunatic that stalks him that is better known than Simon himself then you can probably feel for the poor mite, or consider he has bought it all on himself!!

      and to make things terribly worse, the bright lights of being a star seem to be calling for his most hated enemy. And then to make it seem like his effort to be a star could get any worse the big bosses put a stop to recommisioning TV show.

      As with all the top names Simon has his issues, his problem and turmoils but he does have the added bonus of having thick skin which helps him a lot while trying to climb the stardom ladder
      fair enough being the worst dresser alive does not help but hey thats life in the spot light!!

      Simon is a great believer in his talent , although it seems that he is the only one he still does think he can make it if not to the top of the stardom ladder maybe to the middle at least a few steps up from the bottom , it is just a case on how to get there when people have lost interest after his TV show, but at least he still has panto to fall back on if he cant make it!! will it be a case of C-list to Z-list ??

      Overall it is a funny and hilarious it will have you laughing out loud and get you raving about it to friends, your heart will go out to poor Simon as he struggles and tries his best but life is not a bowl of cherries and with everything you have to keep pushing to get what you want you just pray that Simon does his best and hope he gets what he wants.

      But to be honest this is a book you will pick up again and read so investing in a copy will be worth while I bought mine from off Ebay for £2.99 with £1.50 postage and packaging and i did discover it on Amazon for £5.99 which i think is well worth it for this bit of talented writing from a first timer, defiantly one i would tell everyone about.

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      05.12.2008 16:34
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      A genuinely amusing book that pokes fun at the vacuous world of wannabes and has-beens

      Meet Simon Peters: a 29-year-old minor celebrity with a demi-wave mullet, a fondness for Mr Bronzer's Tanning Lotion and an ego the size of Rotheram. You may recognise him from the primetime-daytime programme 'Simon Says: The game show where you do as I say and not as I do', which replaced Dale Winton's 'Supermarket Sweep'. No? Alas, how are the mighty fallen: when Simon starts his diary in January he is consumed by existential angst, having gone from TV to panto, playing Simple Simon in Snow White at the Grimsby Theatre with a bunch of old showbiz has-beens. What's more, his show is unlikely to be recommissioned for a second series, since the TV execs don't think Simon is "big enough to fill Dale's slot".

      When Peters finishes treading the boards in Grimsby and returns to London in February work has completely dried up. His underworld agents Max and Scary Babs don't seem to have any more jobs for him, he sleeps with the wrong people, he gets mistaken for a Chuckle Brother on a regular basis and even his stalker is more famous than he is. Luckily Simon's best female friend Charley is a researcher on the major daytime magazine show 'Coffee Morning with Mike and Sue' and manages to wangle him a job as a showbiz reporter - could this be his big break or will he disgrace himself again before his contract is up? Will he end up spending Christmas with his long lost Dad, or in the Celebrity Big Brother House with a group of nonentities whom he hates?

      The author, Paul Hendy, was once a game show host himself ('Wheel of Fortune', no less) and it shows in this clever send-up of the world of broadcasting. Hendy knows television studios inside out and paints a believable picture of life in showbiz behind the scenes and beyond the glitz and glamour to the bits the public don't usually see: the bullying producers, the malicious journalists, the stuck-up colleagues and the constant fear of not getting another contract and ending up selling abdominal toners in the twilight zone of the 'Going-Gone' auction channel.

      Simon Peters is a hapless, disillusioned, vain, thoughtless, criminally-dressed and thoroughly unlikeable character, whose main aim in life is to be so famous that a 3-hour obituary will be shown on TV when he dies. But despite his dubious qualities, it is difficult not to feel sorry for him as he lurches from one crisis to another in his quest to become a household name. The reader can't help but cringe as Peters auditions for presenting jobs he's completely unsuitable for and attends functions where the only person more desperate than him is Lionel Blair or Su Pollard. Hendy cleverly mixes a fictional host of stars (probably to avoid being sued) with real famous people, so 'Mike and Sue' are obviously Richard and Judy, but the celebs a few rungs down the showbiz ladder, such as Christopher Biggins and Barry Chuckle, play themselves. Meanwhile the book's jacket has quotes from the likes of Davina McCall, Ant and Dec and John Leslie ("I don't know what Simon Peters is worried about, at least he's got panto").

      The only downside to this novel is that although it is extremely funny (warning: do not read on public transport!) it is also inherently sad as Simon and many of the other characters are so desperately hell-bent on achieving fame and notoriety that they will practically sell their souls to do so. It reads like a cross between one of the cheaper rivals to Heat Magazine and one of Adrian Mole's diaries - full of desperation, failure and dashed hopes, but the reader can't help but laugh. Although it was written in 2004, the themes the book explores are, if anything, even more relevant now, at the end of the decade, where the celebrity cult seems to be becoming ever more pervasive.

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