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Tabloid Girl Paperback – 13 May 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751544000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751544008
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hilarious and gossipy book. Thank god she never worked for me! (Piers Morgan)

A rip-roaring account of her time on Fleet Street. 4 stars. (News of the World)

Hilariously honest. 4 Stars (Look magazine)

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* Hilarious and insiderish true story of one woman's life in the tabloids - and how she escaped and found love instead!

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I'm writing this at 5.30am having just finished reading 'Tabloid Girl'. It was such fun I couldn't put it down. Having worked in the media myself, albeit only on the periphery of the lifestyle that Sharon Marshall writes about, I know it's all true but it's still a bit shocking when it's actually spelled out. Anyway, I'm off now to read the morning tabloids to try and spot the stories planted by the 'close friends', the 'sources close to XXX' and the 'industry insiders'. If you're the sort who's inclined to believe what you read in the papers, you'll wise up after finishing this book.
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Brilliant, just loved it and couldn't put it down. If you want to find out how they get the stories in the tabloids, this is the book for you. Not Dickens, not Jackie Collins just a really fun read and VERY informative.
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I read in Private Eye - I think - that most of these reviews are either written by the author (five stars) or by jealous rivals (no stars).
Well, I've played safe and gone for four stars although I'd have made it four and a half if I could have worked out how to do the half-star thing.

Anyway, it's a great book for anyone who likes to read for an hour or so before falling asleep. You can pick it up the following night and carry on. Don't worry too much about where you were up to - it all seems to merge into mad-cap mayhem and the only people who shouldn't read it are under 12s or anyone thinking of a career in journalism. It's much too scary for them. By the way, didn't I read somewhere that most university degrees are draped around "meeja studies"? I rather think the new "in"
course is "forensic science" which doesn't, apparently, contain much science or anything that can be remotely described as forensic.

I digress. Very interesting book; light, easy reading. Plenty of humour.
Perhaps a bit dated now as Sharon threw in the tabloid towel a few years ago. But cheap and not at all nasty. Oh, and be warned: Barbara Cartland it ain't.
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This looked like a required read of a subject we were researching, but according to her testimony in the Leveson inquiry, these 'stories' are just that, just 'stories', just a pack of embellished stories that have in no way been verified or investigated. Fair enough, but anyone could create such a work of fiction, only this is not how the book is being promoted on the cover, where it is promoted, seemingly, as fact - 'Tabloid Girl, a true Story'. 'In her hilariously honest memoirs she reveals what really goes on behind the scenes at a major tabloid newspaper' ? 'A rip-roaring account of her time on Fleet Street. 4 stars' -News of the World ?
Second to the content misrepresentations, Media personalities have also been named in places through the text, thought this rather out of order given her recent admission that this book, even in the opinion of the author herself, is just vastly elaborated hearsay, covered with 'dramatisation' and 'topspin' or 'colour' as she likes to call it...but as Lord Leveson would have it, 'lies'.
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I've just watched Sharon Marshall giving evidence to the Leveson enquiry [...]It's clear that this book is mostly made up. Don't expect it to be an honest account of her life ; it's not intended to be. She has admitted that many of the stories in it have been given "top-spin" and must not be taken too seriously. Take it as a work of fiction based loosely on a few facts.
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This is actually Sharon Marshall's second foray into book writing; she co-authored Tara Palmer Tomkinson's book The Naughty Girls' Guide To Life. I haven't read it, I'm not a fan of TPT, however if it's as easy a read as Tabloid Girl it may be worth reading so I think I'll have to be on the lookout for it. I have to admit, that Sharon's writing style is so readable it's unreal, I would hazard a guess that should she branch out into writing fiction, she would indeed be quite successful. I for one would buy her books. I assume it's always difficult to write/read memoirs - particularly for reviewers, I hate reviewing non-fiction - but Tabloid Girl is an effortless read and it seems as if it was written effortlessly too.

Tabloid Girl is everything I thought it would be, it's gossip-y, it's full of completely ridiculous stories that sound more fiction than non-fiction and it's just a fun and enjoyable read. The stories Sharon recounts, as I say, sound like complete and utter fiction but they aren't, obviously. The things a tabloid journalist go through aren't pretty and if I was ever thinking about going into tabloid journalism, this book would put me off. In fact anyone thinking of working in tabloids should steer well clear of the book, because it's not as fun a job as it may seem. I did expect a bit more name-dropping, but there wasn't any at all, which I assume is down to legal issues. Yes, there are celebrities mentioned - Jady Goody and her mother, Jeremy Paxman and others - but when it comes to the meaty parts, the celebrities who actually pay to be in the papers and the couple who constantly talk about each other to keep themselves in the papers, no names are actually named, which is mildly unfortunate.
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