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The Trouble With Celebrity: Why We Love to Hate Them (The World According to Charlie Bray)
 
 

The Trouble With Celebrity: Why We Love to Hate Them (The World According to Charlie Bray) [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Bray
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Product Description

Product Description

A Humorous Swipe at Celebrity Culture


Funny people, famous people. Join Charlie as he takes a pop at famous celebrities. Well, he’s got more reason than most to have a pop. He’s been knocked out by one, peed on by another and had to pull a gun on one of the Great Train Robbers. He also lost Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, got drunk with Keith Moon and ‘arrested’ John Lennon. Oh, and Charlie went to school with a mass-murderer. Always there to help others, Charlie’s even saved an old lady from a handbag swinging Lady Archer. Add that to one of your novels, Jeffrey!

Celebrities Say the Funniest Things


Did you know East Anglia was an African nation and that Sherlock Holmes invented toilets? It’s not and he didn’t, but a certain celebrity thought otherwise. Help Charlie unravel the weird mind of celebrity

The Famous and Their Toys


Learn who lands his own jet liner about ten yards from his front door, and who swims to his Ferrari via his indoor swimming pool

How Did Peppa Pig Corrupt a Two Year Old?


Find out how the wayward pig and a whole host of celebrities were caught behaving badly

Celebrity Wars


Why do famous stars throw phones at hotel staff and punches at toilet attendants? Some even grab testicles and bite noses off. Join Charlie as he names names, and see how the public are fighting back

Special Needs for Special People


You’ll be amazed at the dressing room demands of some of your heroes. But don’t worry, Charlie’s got the answer. A perfectly designed dressing room for all, that doubles up as a green room

What Others Think of This Book


"This short book is a fun diversion from the daily grind"

"This is a rather humorous look at the culture of celebrity that I must admit had me chuckling from the first chapter"

"I found this book hilarious and literally laughed out loud several times while reading it"

" If you sometimes find yourself scratching your head at the fuss of “celebrity for celebrity sake,” then Bray’s rant will resonate and draw a chuckle"

"His concise prose had me howling especially over the Great Train robber singing on his way to his trial in a prison van"

"This book gets my five stars for what it is- an irreverent look at individuals in the mixed quality pile of people that become, for at least a short time, a brand, a household name"

"Charlie Bray gives a witty, lighthearted look at celebrity and what it takes (or rather, what little it takes) to reach this status"

"He begins by telling us some interesting encounters he had with celebrities when he was a Nottingham policeman, and follows with his tongue-in-cheek opinions of today’s celebs"

"Some of his stories about his own brushes with celebrities are priceless"

" a wry and amusing look at what makes a person a celebrity whether they deserve to be or not. Attention-seekers with no discernable talent are one of my pet peeves as certainly as they are Mr. Bray’s"

"Sometimes it is refreshing to just rant at what we think of the state of the world - or listen to someone else doing the ranting for us! A 5 star read for sheer relaxation value and fun"

"I had a great laugh reading this, so if your brain has been bogged down by too much tedious hard concentration, pick it up. I felt like I was attending a Joan Rivers comedy festival"

"I would have to agree with pretty much everything he says, having learned early on that all human idols have feet of clay"



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Indietribe (14 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J15D9NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Charlie Bray is an ex teacher, policeman, night club bouncer, bank manager and publisher.

In keeping with his love of humour, Charlie's first novel is 'Open House at Cove Castle - The Great Unwashed Are Invited In'. It takes a Tom Sharpe style look at an ailing castle run by a dysfunctional family of aristocrats. The family is broke and face the possibility of being evicted and living a life on the streets. Lowering its drawbridge to the great British public seems its only option but leads to a whole raft of hilarious incidents, created by ghosts, smugglers, forgers, assassins and squatters.

Charlie has also published two comedy novellas:
'The Village Idiot Cruise Club' He wrote it hoping to make it funnier than the Titanic, which he found hilarious. A quirky crew on a quirky cruise liner make passengers wish they'd been on the Titanic.
'The Village Idiot Ebay Club' He wrote this one in deference to all the rubbish he's bought - and still buys - on Ebay.

Charlie likes a bit of a rant, and his latest book, 'The Trouble With Celebrity' takes a heavy swipe at the famous. Well, he's got more reason than most to have a pop. He's been knocked out by one, peed on by another and had to pull a gun on one of the Great Train Robbers. He also lost Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, got drunk with Keith Moon and 'arrested' John Lennon. Oh, and Charlie went to school with a mass-murderer. Always there to help others, Charlie's even saved an old lady from a handbag swinging Lady Archer. Add that to one of your novels, Jeffrey!

Charlie, as an ex art publisher, is passionate about the self-publishing revolution and is the founder of
www.theindietribe.com a partnership dedicated to supporting and promoting self-published authors worldwide.With this hat on he has published a series of booklets, Build A Book: How to Write and Sell a Novel, together with '10 Steps to a Perfect Plot: A plotting Blueprint'






Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing rant on pointless public personalities 17 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I couldn't agree more with Charlie Bray about what a waste of time it is to focus so much on vacuous public personalities with no admirable attributes. The wry humor and crisp roasting of several celebrities were quite amusing. Must admit I didn't even know some mentioned, as I live in the U.S. Charlie's witty words about those celeb's I do know were right on. Thanks for the laughs, and more incentive to ignore celebrities. Made me chuckle a lot and sometimes laugh out loud. Very amusing read highlighting this major foible of modern culture.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Chris and Gwyn Split" 28 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was the front page headline in The Sun yesterday, coincidentally the day I finished reading `The Trouble with Celebrity' and set down to pen this review. It was devastating news and I was unable to focus on the book I'd just read. I imagine most people in the free world felt the same. Indeed when I arrived at work and entered the canteen I was met by several dozen groundworkers, scaffolders, tower crane drivers and Romanian steel fixers, all looking at me in stunned silence. It's no exaggeration to say that more than one tear landed in a plate of eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, mushrooms, black pudding, bubble & squeak, hash browns, chips and half a tomato.

All other concerns such as family worries, money worries, car worries, which of the Big 6 to choose, the impending war between Russia and Ukraine, where to go on holiday in the summer, and even West Ham's chances of avoiding the drop pale into insignificance. Chris and Gwyn, I just can't believe it.

We work on a large London development and share the site with two other Principal Contractors, so I estimate there are possibly 1000 blokes on site, all practically speechless in shock. I myself was absolutely floored. I even thought about suggesting we fly a black flag and close the site for day, because it was clear not much work would get done.

My wife phoned about ten o'clock with the simple question, "Have you heard?"

I choked back a tear and was just able to assert a weak, "Yes," before putting the phone down.

I'd intended to write a review appraising Charlie Bray's book, adding something about the humour value of a good heartfelt and passionate rant about celebrities and the trivialities of their insignificant and meaningless lives, but I'm afraid my heart's just not in it.

Glenn and Gwyn. Who would have thought it?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is this fascination with "Celebrity?" 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Charlie Bray ponders exactly that in his hilarious (alas, sadly true) spoof "The Trouble with Celebrity." Not the actually talented stars, but the wanna-be celebrity, intent on let everyone around him/her know that now one is in the presence of a star, no matter how dim - still or again.

We soak up headlines at the check-out counter, Google more about so-and-so, you know who I mean. Only to be told by Bray at the end that reading about celebrities is a waste of time! Charlie, now you tell me! At least I learned something should I ever go back to London where the German "Green Heinrich" is called the "Black Maria." Not that I expect to be hauled off in either.

This short book is a fun diversion from the daily grind (particularly of reading celebrity headlines).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whimsical look at the world of celebrity 11 April 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition
This is a rather humorous look at the culture of celebrity that I must admit had me chuckling from the first chapter. The author describes his own brushes with known figures in a way that makes one want to pat him on the back and say, "Bad luck, sir, perhaps it will be better next time."

Bray thoroughly addresses the topic of professional celebrities, "famous for nothing." While he mentions 2002 as a date when this appeared to become a prevalent observable reality, it has actually been all too common in British television for at least a decade earlier. I remember watching a question and answer programme called Have I Got News For You and seeing one of the activists who tunnelled under Manchester Airport brought on air as a contestant. Of course in an anarchist tunnel, one doesn't hear much of the news and he didn't make a very good showing.

The tone of the book is light hearted until the chapter about celebrities who publish books. There appears to be a touch of resentment on that topic from our Mr. Bray. You can't blame him really.

Overall I enjoyed reading the book and might have even wished that it had been longer. Hopefully we'll see more of this sort of thing from Charlie Bray in the future. Considering some of his political observations, perhaps he has a future as an English version of the next Bill Hicks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious British Satire 3 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book hilarious and literally laughed out loud several times while reading it. It has an English form of humour with some cultural references, but should translate to a US audience as well as Monty Python.

One of the chapters is about working out what a celebrity is. People who become famous for nothing other than being famous are a growing phenomenon, and Charlie Bray does a wonderful job of totally taking the Mick out of the modern society that lets this happen.

That particular chapter brought to mind an experience I had at a squat party in London many years ago, when one of my companions recognised a woman who had been on a Big Brother episode. She was just a punk woman with a blue mohican, but she had been on Big Brother and therefore became celebrity in his eyes. He rang his father at 3am to tell him he had seen and even spoken to her. The woman sort of rolled her eyes and went back to dancing, never to be heard of again.

The fact that she might have easily ended up on more television game shows as a result of her momentary celebrity status didn't escape me. Much of what Bray had to say in his own humorous way reminded me of the reason I didn't watch television for 13 years.

At one point he seemed bitter about celebrities who publish books, because those books will sell because the person is a celebrity rather than any inherent talent for writing. I could see his point. There were some funny quotes that prove that intelligence is not a requirement for celebrity as well as some amusing incidents, like someone throwing a bottle at Justin Bieber or a more well-known celebrity accidentally peeing on his shoes. Don't expect the humour to be high brow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Bray Nails It!
Who hasn’t shaken their head at today’s “excessive fixation” on celebrity? The Trouble with Celebrity is a witty romp through the current celebrity landscape, and includes... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JP McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY AMUSING READ
The Trouble with Celebrity is a very amusing take on the world of the celebrity. It is a short book, but Charlie packs a lot of information into it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Perks
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sharp, Biting and Cynical Rant About Celebs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out, Pinterest!
So much for Pintrest celebrity boards! Charlie Bray gives a witty, lighthearted look at celebrity and what it takes (or rather, what little it takes) to reach this status. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Laugh Out Loud
“The Trouble With Celebrity” is a quick humorous read about what many of us have said all along about the celebrities of today—but not as prolific as author Charlie Bray does in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Florence Osmund
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrity’s golden egg - the gift that keeps on giving
Modern-day celebrity culture – it’s something that most people are either interested or get exercised about. Charlie Bray manages both. So there’s easily something for everyone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Snowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Wry and Amusing
Have you peed next to someone famous? Charlie Bray's book, “The Trouble With Celebrity: A Lighthearted Rant at Life…” is a wry and amusing look at what makes a person a celebrity... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mardoufox
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie says it as it is!
I suppose, like many people, I am quietly weary of the nature of modern celebrity status these days, how it is flaunted on the television taking up so much prime viewing time and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wendy Unsworth
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