After reading Janet Street Porter's first book 'Baggage', I thought I must be looking for trouble when I picked up her second memoir 'Fall Out'. Whilst it was better than the first, it is still pretty bad.
It documents a decade in Janet's life, set in London during the 1960s and she is at the start of her career. In her own words she was at 'the centre of the arts and music scene in London night after night'. Janet meets lots of famous people, has lots of affairs, makes a lot of enemies, and makes of a lot of friends - which, being the "ruthless" and "selfish" person she confesses to being in the book's introduction, drops them as soon as they have served their purpose.
Whilst there are some interesting stories as she name drops (John Lennon attended her wedding party, she beat Rod Stewart at snooker and drank with Janis Joplin), it's still a pretty boring book. Written by Janet and will probably be read by Janet. 'Fall Out' is nevertheless a better read than her first, in which she came across as a freakishly bitter person.
For the record, I do like Janet, I think she is very entertaining on television, and I always enjoy reading her opinions in her column.