Defying Reality

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Dedalus Limited, 2007 - Fiction - 205 pages
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There are lots of famous people on TV and the most famous of them all is the gorgeous, top-heavy Serena Dawlish, star of the soap Coombe Ridge Crescent. When she appears on the small screen the nation comes to a standstill and the ratings soar. Women dream of wearing her clothes; men dream of ripping them off her.
Then all at once, Serena's world is shattered. Her scheming manager tells her that however famous she thinks she is she isn't quite famous enough. Worse than that, her fame isn't the right kind of fame and won't last. Even her latest breast enlargements, her keep-fit DVD and her best-selling book Gift Wrapping As A Hobby aren't enough to save her. If she has any hope of keeping her celebrity status intact she has to appear on I Gave Birth To A Celebrity, a new TV show where famous people can expose their unhappy relationships with their mothers in front of a live audience. It will give Serena's career just the boost it needs.
Serena agrees to appear on the show to pursue her goal of total, permanent fame but her quest is fraught with obstacles. Her husband, the renowned Shakespearean actor James Marlborough, is about to leave her as he can no longer cope with the smell of her fake tan. Geraldine Fortescue, the producer and presenter of the show, has decided that Serena's mother is too boring to play the part of her mother. And Serena's lover, a strange but well-hung astronomer called Marlon Drayton, is going onto the show to reveal to the world that Serena is really an alien.
Serena's a professional celebrity - being well-known is more important to her than anything. But how can she hope to succeed in becoming famous forever when real life keeps getting in the way?

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About the author (2007)

Karina Mellinger was born in London in 1959. After reading French and Italian at Oxford she worked in marketing in England and Italy. In 1995 she gave up work to bring her two sons up. She is the author of A Bit Of A Marriage and Defying Reality.

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