Fame Fatale Paperback – 7 Aug 2006
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With a wry nod to her own nomination for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award, Wendy Holden's third novel, Fame Fatale, explores what happens when the literati and the glitterati become entangled. Grace Armiger works for Hatto and Hatto, a crumbly old publisher who produce "books that no one reads" by "obscure and unsuccessful authors". When not tripping over Louis de Bernières at literary parties (something of an occupational hazard for all of the bookish types in this novel), Grace tries "interesting uninterested journalists" in Hatto's wares, usually with little success. If her professional life is a mess then her personal life is (surprise, surprise) even worse. Her ardent Marxist boyfriend Sion, the author of the catchily entitled thesis "Why New Labour are Bastards", is not above discarding his principles and his underpants to further his career. A fling with Hatto author Henry Moon, after one too many glasses of Pinot Grigio (Chardonnay is obviously passé in literary circles these days), leaves Grace feeling confused. Her best friend Ellie and diplomat mother, Lady Armiger, are not short of dating advice but her cleaner Maria (who may have just discovered the next Harry Potter) appears to be casting a very bizarre spell on her love life.
Add Champagne D'Vyne, Holden¹s stock vacuous socialite (this time she's gone spiritual); Belinda Black, a big-breasted, leather-skirted, tabloid hack; and Red Campion, an oh-so-sensitive (but possibly sex-addicted) movie star and wannabe writer and an array of familiar comic set pieces are in motion. Fans will delight in (and detractors will still hate) the bad puns, bad sex, slim plotting and an ending that is, without giving too much a way, pure Mills and Boon. Holden is never going to be Evelyn Waugh but there's enough satirical bite to this frothy celebrity romp to make it stand out from the crowd.--Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A sparkling new comic novel' Publishing News (Publishing News)
Fiendishly funny satire (Daily Mail)
Teeming with outlandishly randy characters...it bounces along with smart sendups of the literary scene and shows once again why Holden is a favourite on both sides of the Atlantic (Publishers Weekly)
'An entertainingly frothy tale' Waterstone's Books Quarterly (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)
'[T]his bubbly and witty take on literary and media life...is the perfect novel for the celebrity addict on holiday.' B Magazine (B Magazine)
'an entertaining satire of the pitfalls of celebrity obsession' Play (The Times) (Play (The Times))
'the visual humour and sharp...dialogue make this novel an obvious choice for the Bridget Jones treatment' Play (The Times) (Play (The Times))
'Teeming with outlandishly randy characters...it bounces along with smart sendups of the literary scene and shows once again why Holden is a favourite on both sides of the Atlantic' Publishers Weekly 27/1/03 (Publishers Weekly)
'Fiendishly funny satire' Daily Mail (Daily Mail)
Top Customer Reviews
Champagne is back with some other characters as well, but unfortunately this storyline doesnt seem to have the sparkle of 'simply divine' or 'Bad Heir day'
The so called Heroine of the tale made me want to shake her until her teeth cracked, she was just so blinking wet, I thought she would liven up but in the end she was totally predictable.
I eagerly await her next novel and hopefully the glamour and sparkle will be back, along with Champagne of course...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i borrowed this as an audiobook from the library, to listen to while driving. i didn't find the characters at all interesting, especially the unpleasant belinda, and i didn't care... Read morePublished on 17 July 2012 by Wilf
Liked the story line but hated the main character and hated Henry Moon, what saved this book was the fabulous Champagne D'Vyne, who, while u want to slap her, is hysterical... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2009 by DebzM
Although is wasn't my favourite of Holden's books, it is definitly worth reading. It follows Belinda and Grace, whose lives become interconnected. Read morePublished on 8 July 2005 by Mandy
Having not read any of Holden's previous novels, I assumed that this would be quite an amusing read, but I was quite wrong. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2004 by Newsbitch
This book is a wonderfull way to spend an evening at home or in the summer by the pool, its gentle character development allows you to really care about their funny adventures and... Read morePublished on 17 May 2004