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Get Me a Celebrity!: Memoirs of a Celebrity Booker [Hardcover]

Gyles Brandreth , Stanley Jackson
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14 Sep 2011
"Get Me A Celebrity!" is a frank but funny account of working with popular celebrities by someone who has enjoyed a unique access to them over the last twenty years. Through his company, Performing Artistes, Stanley Jackson hires famous people on behalf of clients based in the UK and overseas. Using autobiographical material gleaned from two successful business careers, Stanley does not pull any punches about the highs and lows of working with celebrities; but his account is always relevant, informative, and hugely entertaining. We learn why Nick Leeson, the rogue trader who brought down Barings Bank, is an acceptable speaker for city clients, whereas Major Charles Ingram, who cheated on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is not. We get the inside track on why Pierluigi Collina was forced to choose between advertising Vauxhall Vectras or continuing as the world's best referee; and the pressures of being mega famous includes an hilarious account of what it was like being on the road with the late George Best. Other situations explored include: Getting the best out of TV presenter Ruby Wax, attempting to moderate comedienne Jo Brand, what goes into a well-crafted speech, the role of agents, the crucial role of TV exposure. All are tackled with an honesty built on mutual respect for the celebrities involved but driven by the imperative to prime an audience for a talented performer. With a fulsome foreword by the indefatigable Gyles Brandreth, "Get Me A Celebrity!" is a must read for anybody who likes reading about how the stars of media, sport, business, politics and entertainment, can earn a handsome living in addition to their day jobs.

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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Ecademy Press; 1st edition (14 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907722475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907722479
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanley Jackson was born in Epsom and spent his early years in a council prefab. He joined the middle classes in 1966 when he married Iris and acquired the first in a series of unaffordable mortgages. Having lived in sixteen different locations, including Hong Kong, produced three children and two grandchildren, they find themselves back in Surrey.

Along the way, Stanley has enjoyed two successful careers; the first as a leading authority on the use, and abuse, of occupational pension schemes; the second as a highly respected supplier of celebrities to the corporate market, through the company he founded, Performing Artistes. He is still paying off his latest mortgage but hopes this book of revelations might just help.

Now poacher turned gamekeeper, celebrity booker Stanley has also joined the speaking circuit himself as a performer and after-dinner speaker. His highly entertaining presentation doesn't pull any punches about the highs and lows of his career in the world of sport and celebrity, and the tricky situations he has sometimes found himself in.

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About the Author

Stanley Jackson was born in Epsom and spent his early years in a council prefab. He joined the middle classes in 1966 when he married Iris and acquired the first in a series of unaffordable mortgages. Having lived in sixteen different locations, including Hong Kong, produced three children and two grandchildren, they found themselves back in Surrey. Along the way, Stanley has enjoyed two successful careers; the first as a leading authority on the use, and abuse, of occupational pension schemes; the second, as a highly respected supplier of celebrities to the corporate market, through the company he founded, Performing Artistes. He is still paying off his mortgage but hopes this book of revelations might help. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Howard Stubbs, was involved in shipping horses to France in the Great War; an heroic activity given brilliant theatrical expression in the award winning stage play Warhorse, adapted from Michael Morpurgo's book of the same name. As a result of a DNA test taken with his brother, whilst researching their family tree, his paternal lineage remains a complete mystery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great entertaining read 8 Nov 2011
By Sidney
Format:Hardcover
A very informative and enjoyable book which looks behind the scenes of hiring entertainers and personalities for coporate events. Full of stories featuring well-known people from the world of entertainmenst, sport and politics. A real insight on corporate events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Me A Celebrity 4 Nov 2011
By Jeanne
Format:Hardcover
This is a refreshingly original and entertaining account of the amusing experiences of Stanley Jackson 'Celebrity
Booker' I thoroughly enjoyed Stanley's style of writing and would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a light hearted, witty, frank and accurate story of the "Real Celebrity Booker". A thoroughly good read. Well done on giving such a insight into the world of Corporate Entertaining and the celebrities contribitions!! Read on and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a febulous read 30 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
i loved this book. i thought the way stanley dipped in and out of the chapters with titbits of his private life was genious and bought a very humane touch to the book. "get me a celebrity" is a real page turner and even if some of the celebs are not of great interest to you, stanley found a way to make them interesting. i loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the scenes at corporate events 10 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book provides a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes at corporate events. If you've ever been to a corporate event and wondered why or how a famous stand up comedian or well known TV presenter was in attendance this book will give you the answers; similarly, find out what comedians on panel shows mean when they talk about "doing a corporate!". Packed full of anecdotes featuring celebrities from the worlds of sport, politics and entertainment, this is a jolly good read.
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