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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (8 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330412256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330412254
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A champion first novel... what makes it such a pleasure to read is its variety of tone: flip, flirtatious, serious, mocking and moving... get hold of a copy of this book' OBSERVER 'A terrific achievement... The camp scenes are as moving and funny as the original M.A.S.H.; she sends up the self-important "mediacracy" with an insider's wit, and it's written at a romping pace with a cliff-hanger finish' COSMOPOLITAN 'Sharp, gutsy and refreshing' INDEPENDENT 'Thoughtful, ironic and completely gripping' Harry Enfield 'A brilliantly funny satire' TIME OUT

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Essex Girl on 21 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 16 May 1999
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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 By A Customer on 26 July 1999
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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 By LindyLouMac on 22 Oct. 2008
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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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Before there was Bridget Jones and her diary, Helen Fielding gave us Rosie Richardson. For some reason, "Cause Celeb" didn't hit the public consciousness in quite the same way as "Bridget Jones' Diary" did, so Fielding had to wait for the huge success she was to have. But having read the original "Bridget Jones' Diary" and enjoying it quite a lot, an investigation of Fielding's back catalogue seemed appropriate, even allowing for the disappointments that were "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" and "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination".

It is 1985, a little after "Live Aid" and Rosie Richardson is stuck in a less than perfect relationship with Oliver Marchant, a TV personality and a not terribly nice chap. Following the break up of this relationship, she decides to head out to Nambula as a relief worker in the hope of a little peace and quiet. This is only a partial success, as while the people she is both working with and helping treat her better than Oliver Marchant, she has arrived in Nambula just before a crisis threatens to engulf the whole refugee camp. Rosie has to mingle her old life and her new one in order to help.

It's tricky to know how close to life the situation here is, so it's tough to tell how much suspension of belief is required. That said, given Fielding's history working with "Comic Relief" in Africa as a producer, it suggests she's seen this kind of thing in action and is writing at least partially from experience. Certainly both sides of the story; the self-serving interests of the celebrities living it up in London and the desperation and quiet dignity of the refugees in Africa do seem in keeping with what little I know of either.
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