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Cause Celeb

Cause Celeb [Kindle Edition]

Helen Fielding
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Rosie Richardson, short-skirted, under-appreciated Publicity Gel, dumps her egotistical, bullying, TV presenter boyfriend and heads to Africa to save the natives. But after four years in the plains, a plague of locusts and civil war take their toll, the frustrated and disillusioned Rosie is pushed back to her media-dahling roots in London.

Armed with a bucket full of will power, she fends off the determined amorous advances of her ex whilst trying to enlist his celebrity-pulling power to further her personal Cause Celeb: a Live Aid inspired celebrity television appeal to raise cash for food in the country she left behind.

Cause Celeb isn't exactly ground breaking but it does manage to bring a little gravitas to what is basically a novel about love, sex and a world where insincere celebs are fawned over by all and sundry. The descriptions of the African camp where Rosie spends four years of her life (concentrating on her career until a doctor--hunky, naturally--woos her over a few bloodied bodies) are vivid enough to force the dramatic irony forward as Rosie's past and present collide, and her jaded experiences of London life will certainly ring true for many readers.

All in all, Cause Celeb is the kind of book you might read in the bath or on the beach--not too taxing but involving and spirited enough to make you want to find out what happens in the end. --Susan Harrison


"A terrific, witty story." --USA Today

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330412256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412254
  • ASIN: B0085MNS8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different. 21 Mar 2005
Fielding writes well when she writes about girls in publishing, when our heroine Rosie, goes to Africa on a promotional trip her priorities change and she realises how shallow her life was in London, thus giving her the strength to walk away from her relationship to go and help in a refugee camp. Four years on and there is a potential crisis. The camps need food urgently and bureaucracy is getting in the way so Rosie takes matters in her own hands and uses her contacts to get a media appeal up and running.
I don't want to go into anymore details but the book is lovely, though it is emotional. Rosie's original London character is a bit pathetic, but she comes out the other side. The book is griping and entertaining but not particularly challenging, although the subject matter is a bit different from most books in the chick lit genre.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This book is wonderful, it is beautifully written, with all the warmth, humour and honesty of 'Bridget Jones's Diary' but so much more besides. It makes you feel happy and inspired and tearful. The characters are excellently portrayed and realistic and her descriptions and dialogue are humourous and poignant. When I finished it I wanted to read it all over again. Even if you didn't like 'Bridget Jones's Diary' read this book!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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After reading Bridget Jones' Diary, I scoured the bookshelves for another Helen Fielding offer and wasn't disappointed. If anything, Cause Celeb beat the Diary for depth and sincerity, but continued the real life drama and humour styles that left me with tears running down my face from both the pain and joy it evoked. Excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the lightweight novel it at first seems! 22 Oct 2008
This is the first novel by Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones fame which she wrote in 1994. Surprisingly I never read until now. It is a satirical story full of both ridiculous and tragic events about what happens when celebrity aid comes to the help of famine relief in Africa. It is this angle that makes this novel more than just another chick lit type novel. It is I read a subject Helen Fielding is interested in and she has worked in producing documentaries for relief for such famines.
The heroine Rosie Richardson is living in London, working in publishing when we first meet her. After a disastrous relationship with Oliver Marchant a minor television celebrity who turns out to be cruel and manipulative she becomes disillusioned with her lifestyle. As a complete life change she heads for Africa to work as a Director of a refugee camp, for a charity. Four years later famine strikes and desperate for funds Rosie decides to use her celebrity acquaintances to raise emergency funds by organising a television appeal from the camp itself.
Towards the end of the novel the descriptions of the human suffering are powerful and disturbing. It is fourteen years since this novel was written and sadly many parts of the world are still suffering in such a way, despite worldwide campaigns to try and reduce such incidents.
I quote from the novel direct as I think it is an excellent reaction of the horrors as viewed by the aid workers and celebrities. `It was such a monumental horror that it felt as though nothing should be the same any more, nothing should continue: none of us should speak or do anything, the sun should not be moving across the sky and the wind should not blow. It did not seem possible that such a thing as this could be taking place without the world having to shudder to a halt and think again.'
This might start out seeming like a lightweight novel but it certainly does not leave you feeling that way at the end!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Bridget Jones 9 July 2001
Those who found the succès fou of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones books too fou for their taste may yet appreciate Cause Celeb.
This novel is not just for the Melissa Bank set but will also satisfy those who have graduated to Diane Johnson and Francine Prose. How ironic, then, that Fielding wrote Cause Celeb before Bridget Jones's Diary, and published it, in 1994, in Britain. Bridget Jones's many fans will recognize a prototype of their heroine in Cause Celeb's narrator and protagonist, Rosie Richardson. Rosie quickly tires of self-absorption and neurotic romance with a glamourous Londoner, and throws herself into famine relief in Africa. She is not so naive, however, as to try to escape her past, and ultimately the two strands of the tale become one. Rosie displays a keen sense of humor whether she is rubbing shoulders with show-biz personalities or muddling along in the refugee camp-and isn't humor exactly the quality that would enable a person to get through either situation more or less sane?
Don't worry: Cause Celeb doesn't play famine relief for laughs-or fawn over fashionable people who do their bit to help. This is a deft, subtle, admirable, pleasurable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Read 12 Jan 2000
By Nicole
This was one different book! Not only was it entertaining and humorous but it made you think as well. I recommend it to anyone and everyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars big surprise 3 Oct 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Read this as abook circle choice. initially I thought it was going to be another Bridget Jones and I nearly didn't carry on reading. Then it started to draw me in to a much more interesting world and I was hooked. Humour was incidental to the witty satire and the story became much more compelling. very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great early Bridget Jones author novel 23 Jun 2014
By Ms. T
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An enticing read by Fielding. More depth than a Bridget Jones novel.

I recommend it highly. Interesting interplay or career and politics with a hint of romance...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A can't put down read
Published 1 month ago by Alan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the light funny Bridget but quite serious issues of famine and war...
Not the light funny Bridget but quite serious issues of famine and war but I couldn't put it down until I read it all.
Published 3 months ago by Tanya
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a very good read and I had been on the look out for this book for some time. I was glad I finally found it and would recommend
Published 8 months ago by eileen of sheffield
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, holiday read
Same old chick book with a poor plot unrealistic woman's holiday read which was disappointing after the great Bridget Jones
Published 8 months ago by sheena maxwell
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
Well it doesn't grip like a mangling handshake, but its mildly entertaining in a vaguely interesting fish tank sort of way.
Published 9 months ago by mazzz
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully trashy
Despite myself I enjoyed this book. It's like Bridget Jones relocated to Africa. The cast of characters remains very similar (slightly scatty heroine, handsome rouge, etc), but... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Perennially disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Bridgit Jones
This is, in my opinion, far, far superior. Apart from being as good a piece of Chick Lit as any you will find it's also a pretty telling insight to how things like Band Aid really... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Silver Sloth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Finished in two sittings. Brilliant funny and thought, and sometimes anger provoking, her best work in my opinion. Recommended to everyone, particularly bridget fans
Published 23 months ago by MyHeartIsMadeOfPaper
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly enjoyable
I absolutely love the Bridget Jones' books, so I bought this to see what Helen Fielding's other works are like. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't a patch on Bridget Jones. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Alice Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read
I was looking forward to reading this after remembering how much I enjoyed reading the Bridget Jones books. However it just isn't as gripping. Read more
Published 23 months ago by mrs brown
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