Sunday, 15 April 2012

Review - The Camera Never Lies by Tess Daly

I really wan't sure what to expect from this as sometimes when a celebrity brings out a book it is not always the best.  It seems wrong that a great deal of authors have to work so very hard to have a book accepted by publishers, that certain celebrities are privileged and seen to be automatically given a chance based on who they are.  However, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely read more of Tess’s work.  She appears to be a talented writer. 
Britt Baxter is a model and when she given the news that she is probably too old and too fat to be a successful model anymore she has to take other jobs just to pay her rent.  While she is waitressing at a TV event she is spotted by a producer who takes a shine to her and she is invited to do a screen test. This is successful, the camera loves her and she is taken on to do a fashion slot on a well-known breakfast show.  As her fame grows Britt is invited to lots of parties, functions and events and is seen in all the top magazines and is certainly in the limelight.  The press and the public love her and becomes a different Britt to the one that her loved ones know.  But one day she picks up a newspaper and a story that she is not expecting has appeared and she is devastated. Somebody has betrayed her, but she does not know who that person is and no longer knows who she can and can’t trust.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was incredibly entertaining with lots of glamour and tons of laughs thrown in (particularly the incident on the Japanese tube! – that was gross and hilarious at the same time!)  It was extremely easy to get into, a really quick and fun read and it left you wanting to know what happens to the characters.
It’s interesting when a TV star write a book about TV and it’s stars, especially when it focuses on a breakfast programme.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch Daybreak in the same light ever again! It certainly leaves you wondering what bits of the book are fiction and what is fact. I guess we'll never know and part of the fun is trying to work that out for ourselves!  I would definitely recommend this as a great read. 
Tess Daly worked as a model 10 years before moving to New York to write for the likes of Paper Magazine. She made her first TV appearance on the Big Breakfast in 2000 and has gone on to present numerous shows including nine series of Strictly Come Dancing. She writes a weekly fashion column for The Mirror and has their own award winning Daly Beauty Range. This is her debut novel following publication of the Baby Diaries in 2010 which documents her journey through motherhood. Tess Daly is mom to 2 daughters Phoebe and Amber.

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