A book for every parent who has thought about encouraging — or pushing — their child towards stage, television or celluloid; for every grown-up who wanted to audition and wasn’t allowed to, and for anyone interested in the consequences when showbiz happens to nice, ordinary people.
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Lisa Gee is the author of Friends: Why Men and Women Are From the Same Planet (Bloomsbury, 2004), the editor of Bricks Without Mortar: the selected poems of Hartley Coleridge (Picador, 2000) and of the Orange Prize for Fiction website. She writes book reviews and features for the national press (including the Independent, the Guardian and the Telegraph) and lives in Harlesden, north-west London, with one performing child and her husband, a children's party entertainer.Review:
"Gee's balanced and amiable traveller's guide to theatreland takes us from the lengthy auditions right through to the 'This is my cousin, she used to be famous' aftermath ... The good news is that Stage Mum proves that having a child in a show may be possible in a way that is not ruinous." Independent "An honest, well-observed and very funny account of Gee's adventures in theatreland - it could equally be called "How I Learned to be Constructive and Encouraging Without Being Pushy" Time Out "Articulating the bizarre struggle between her rational self and the pushy, over ambitious demeanour of a Stage Mum (Hutchinson GBP14.99, out July 3rd) Lisa Gee's in-depth account of life as the parent of a budding starlet makes for an enlightening read. Reveals the hard graft behind the lights." Image magazine "Gee tells the story of child stardom from the other side: waiting outside stage doors on cold winter nights; reading Harry Potter aloud on the train; complying with all the regulations concerning child actors; and worrying about what impression a young girl appearing in The Sound of Music will get about Nazism. It's an interesting view of the theatre from the perspective of domestic practicalities and parental fears, and along the way there are tantrums, bouts of self-importance and even a brief meeting with Julie Andrews." Glasgow Herald "A balanced and amiable guide ... contains a great deal of information you couldn't know unless you had lived this life yourself" Sunday Tribune
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