Tabloid Girl Paperback – 13 May 2010
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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)
* Hilarious and insiderish true story of one woman's life in the tabloids - and how she escaped and found love instead!See all Product Description
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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.
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'.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it, couldn't put it down, Sharon Marshall tells it how it is, well writtenPublished 8 months ago by Paula from Surrey
got book over 3 years ago. tells u what she did .knows how 2 phone hack very intresting giving court trailPublished on 12 April 2014 by mrs s lawrance
It is such an interesting book I just had to keep on reading , didn't want to put it downPublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by lucy
Having worked at a national newspaper (not as a journalist) I didn't find Sharon's shocking tales as hard to believe as your regular office worker, however I am not convinced she... Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by Hannahr1902
It is claimed to be a true story based on the experiences Sharon Marshall - the writer - had when working as a tabloid journalist. Read morePublished on 27 May 2012 by Blue
This book was just the ticket for my commute to and from work on a crowded, often delayed, train. It was hilariously funny, shocking and most of all hard to put down. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2011 by Peppermint Sal
I knew Sharon before she was the tabloid girl she became.
It's a period of her life that she's tippexed out giving the impression that she went straight from local... Read more
so relevant at present time - gives a really realistic and funny insight into the cons/ scams and relentless pressure for a hack on a tabloid. Read morePublished on 17 July 2011 by Susan M M M M M
Another book about gossip, re: Celebs.
Good read, a little boring in places, not interested in Sharon's lovelife, but well interwoven at times. Read more