Younger, Thinner, Blonder
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have everything? Tanya Travis doesn’t have to. As host of TV show ‘The Truth With Tanya Travis,’ she lives a life of glamour, luxury and public adulation while solving the problems of Britain’s great unwashed each day on her show.
However, things are not all they seem and Tanya’s life of designer kitchens, Prada handbags and myriad TV awards is as difficult behind the scenes as those of her TV show guests. A victim of her own success, Tanya is hounded by the press, constantly reading headlines about her own life looks, and body. But when she reads stories about her partner’s weakness for young blondes and there’s trouble at work, Tanya’s carefully constructed celebrity life starts to come apart at the seams.
With her relationship in crisis, her cellulite on overdrive and her career on the line, Tanya may have to take up the offer of prime time exposure with a desperate gaggle of C-List wannabes. Billed as a show ‘where good celebrities go bad,’ ‘Celebrity Spa Trek’ is a reality programme like no other – but can Tanya take on the lack of hot water, starvation, exhaustion and sheer showbiz bitchiness of a celebrity trek through the Himalayas?
A sharp, witty novel about our celebrity obsessed culture from the author of bestselling Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes.
I simply adored Sue Watson’s debut, Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes, so I’d been eagerly awaiting her next book for what seemed like a century! And I was beyond thrilled when my Kindle copy finally arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago. So much so that I abandoned another book in order to dive right in to Sue’s new tale. You know when you fall in love with a debut author and you’re biting your nails with anticipation as they work on the second? It’s almost like needing to feed an addiction. And my expectations for book 2 are always so great that sometimes I’m let down when they don’t live up to my high standards. Thankfully, that was not the case with Younger, Thinner, Blonder. From the first page, I was sucked into Tanya Travis’ celebrity life, and like a reality TV show junkie, I simply could not get enough. I was Tanya’s biggest fan (aside from her foul-mouthed cleaner/P.A., Astrid), and following her on her journey from “Daytime Darling” to C-list celeb was both incredibly hilarious and even a little heartbreaking at times. Sue Watson has a fabulously funny voice and a gift for crafting comedic scenes that’ll have you guffawing so loudly that her books are almost dangerous to read in public places. A library for instance? Only for those who’ve mastered the silent laugh! But there’s more to Tanya Travis’ story than a spoiled celebrity on the verge of extinction. She’s also harboring a pain so deep it will bring tears to your eyes. Honestly, while I was reading in jury duty one day, I could not stop the flow of tears, doing my best to mop them up with my sleeve as my fellow almost-jurors banged away on their laptops and watched movies on their smartphones. And Ms. Watson really knows how to tug at your heart and keep you in suspense as you hope and pray and beg for a happy ending for our embattled heroine. But I don’t dare give anything away. All I can say is READ IT! If you’re anything like me (and if you follow my blog, I’m guessing that you are), you’ll love every page of it.
About the Author:
Sue Watson was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before leaving it all behind for a career in TV. As a producer with the BBC she worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas – all the time making copious notes so that one day she might escape to the country and turn it all into a book. For more about Sue, please visit her blog.