Esther Rantzen A Secret Life

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A Secret Life

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When TV star Suzannah Piper is killed in a tragic car accident, many publicly grieve but few genuinely mourn, for real friends are scarce in the glittering celebrity world. But investigative journalist Lucy Strong mourns. When Lucy first arrived in London, a naive young girl in search of a Tv Career, it was Suzannah who helped her realise her dream, and now Lucy gets her chance to repay Suzannah, for crucial things about the night of her death dont add up. But as lucy starts to uncover the secret life that Suzannah kept even from her, she realises that her friend was playing a dangerous game, and soon her own life is under threat.

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It's inevitable that the debut novel by such a high-profile television personality as Esther Rantzen will create something of a stir. But can her talents as a TV presenter and campaigner translate into the field of the novel? Actually, A Secret Life is successful precisely because Rantzen has been canny enough to set her book in the arena she knows best: the world of TV celebrity, in which relationships are tested by the stringent demands (emotional and otherwise) that are made on the denizens of this superficial milieu.

Journalist Lucy Strong is Rantzenís resourceful and persistent protagonist. She knew Suzannah Piper, a media and TV star who has been killed in a car accident, and while Suzannah appeared to have many acquaintances and few friends, there is much interest in the real life she led away from the public gaze. Lucy is keen to find out the truth about her friend, and begins to dig beneath the surface of her death. She quickly finds that there are several anomalies in the star's death: Suzannah was leading a dark secret life, and dealing with some dangerous people. Before long, Lucy begins to realise that she is prying open a can of worms, with her own life under threat.

What makes A Secret Life such compelling reading is the authorís careful revelation of the layers of truth that lie beneath a carefully preserved surface--the agenda of Esther Rantzen's own TV programmes, in fact. The detail here has the ring of truth, with Lucy a strongly drawn heroine. But can Rantzen make such a strong showing as a writer when she moves into something other than her own profession? The question is academic: this book shows that intimate background knowledge of a particular world can yield some powerful results. --Barry Forshaw

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An entertaining glimpse into the cut throat world of television journalism. --The Times

A pacy debut novel a glamorous whodunnit set in the cut throat world of daytime tv. --womens own

A pacy debut novel a glamorous whodunnit set in the cut throat world of daytime tv. --womens own

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