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Cause Celeb epub ebook

by Bernadette Quigley,Helen Fielding

Cause Celeb epub ebook

Author: Bernadette Quigley,Helen Fielding
Category: Humor & Satire
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 1, 2001)
ISBN: 1587881330
ISBN13: 978-1587881336
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 170
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Written by Helen Fielding. Narrated by Bernadette Quigley Interesting book where famine relief work is juxtapositioned with true chick li. . Narrated by Bernadette Quigley. Cause Celeb-the critically acclaimed debut novel from a writer with a boundless grasp of the existential and the uproarious-has just landed in America. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding has created an alternately comic and moving satire that straddles the glitter of media London and the horrors of an African refugee crisis. Interesting book where famine relief work is juxtapositioned with true chick lit episodes. fireandice 1Go to fireandice 1's profile.

Helen Fielding (Author), Bernadette Quigley (Narrator), Brilliance Audio (Publisher)

Helen Fielding (Author), Bernadette Quigley (Narrator), Brilliance Audio (Publisher). Get this audiobook plus a second, free. Two years before Helen Fielding published Bridget Jones's Diary, she put out Cause Celeb, the story of how literary publicist Rosie Richardson ends up running a refugee camp in northern Africa and getting pushed into the funny, often hypocritical world of celebrity charity. The book essentially has three parts: (a) Rosie's love life in London, (b) Rosie in the refugee camp, and (c) Rosie organizes a celebrity charity event. Part A is like Bridget Jones's Diary except not quite as funny. It's still entertaining, though.

Bernadette Quigley’s most popular book is Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Cause Celeb by. Helen Fielding (Goodreads Author), Bernadette Quigley (Reading).

Narrated by Bernadette Quigley. Cause Celeb-the critically acclaimed debut novel from a writer with a boundless grasp of the existential and the uproarious-has ju.

It was the day after I’d been to see André in Sidra. We were sitting round the table in the cabana, having coffee after supper. We had worked too late. We had worked too late we were all frayed around the edges. We had nearly four hundred new arrivals now. They were starting to come from different regions of Kefti, all talking about locusts, and crop losses. I think what we have to do is just get on with it for a few days, get the system up and running, get used to the new situation, I said, trying to sound confident. We’re handling it well.

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Helen Fielding (born 1958) is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, and a sequence of novels and films beginning with the life of a thirtysomething singleton in London trying to make.

Helen Fielding (born 1958) is an English novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, and a sequence of novels and films beginning with the life of a thirtysomething singleton in London trying to make sense of life and love. Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999) were published in 40 countries and sold more than 15 million copies. The two films of the same name achieved international success

Cause Celeb crackles with insights into the nature of fame, passion, and altruism in our time, all the while following .

Cause Celeb crackles with insights into the nature of fame, passion, and altruism in our time, all the while following an unlikely-but hugely likeable-heroine. Disillusioned with life as a literary publicist in London and sick of her hotshot TV presenter boyfriend, twenty-something Rosie Richardson decides to give up glitz for good deeds and escape to Africa to run a refugee camp. When famine strikes and a massive refugee influx threatens to overwhelm the camp, officials drag their heels

Written by Helen Fielding, Audiobook narrated by Bernadette Quigley.

Written by Helen Fielding, Audiobook narrated by Bernadette Quigley. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Narrated by: Imogen Church. Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins.

Cause Celeb—the critically acclaimed debut novel from a writer with a boundless grasp of the existential and the uproarious—has just landed in America. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding has created an alternately comic and moving satire that straddles the glitter of media London and the horrors of an African refugee crisis.


Rosie Richardson, a twenty-something literary puffette, is in a totally non-functional relationship with an unevolved but irresistible adult male—a hotshot TV presenter who plunges her into the glitzy, bitchy, inane lifestyle of London's It people. Disillusioned with the celebrity world, Rosie escapes to run a refugee camp in the African jungle.


When famine strikes and a massive refugee influx heads for the camp, governments and agencies drag their heels. Bringing her former media savvy to the fore, realizing the only way to get food out fast is to bring celebrities first, Rosie turns to the life and man she fled to organize a star-studded emergency appeal from famine-racked Africa.


Seamlessly bridging cataclysm and farce through the insights of a modern-day everywoman, Cause Celeb crackles with insight into fame, passion, and altruism in our time.


Reviews (7)
TheSuspect
I was completely caught off guard by this book, and absolutely loved it. Because Fielding is also the author of the Bridget Jones books, I was expecting more of the same light, humorous, relationship-chicklit kind of read. However, only about 1/3 of the book could be said to be that - through a series of flashbacks, we follow the life of Rosie, a young London PR admin in her relationship ups and downs with Oliver, a TV celebrity. This is in flashbacks, because Rosie now works in an African refugee camp where she works tirelessly to prevent a repeat of the 1984 famine that killed thousands. As locusts threaten to destroy the area's crops, Rosie decides the only hope is for her to return to London and try and convince celebrities from her 'former life', including Oliver, to help her raise money.

The London celebrity scenes are funny, and on target in their gentle skewering of celebrity life. However, what really got me in this book was the African story, particularly the characters, both relief workers and refugees, that Fielding has created and humanized here. I also learned a lot about the NGO (non-governmental organizations) culture and the problems that have led to repeated crises in Africa, and from what I have read in other places about this book, Fielding does a great job presenting them here within a fictional context.

So if you are looking for a book that combines some chicklit type scenes, good characters, and the solid depth of exploring the roots of world hunger, this is a great book for you.

Jox
Two years before Helen Fielding published Bridget Jones's Diary, she put out Cause Celeb, the story of how literary publicist Rosie Richardson ends up running a refugee camp in northern Africa and getting pushed into the funny, often hypocritical world of celebrity charity. The book essentially has three parts: (a) Rosie's love life in London, (b) Rosie in the refugee camp, and (c) Rosie organizes a celebrity charity event.

Part A is like Bridget Jones's Diary except not quite as funny. It's still entertaining, though. Part B is what makes the book most worthwhile. I read the book after encountering comments from Dorothea Hilhorst that Fielding's novel captures the nuances of non-governmental organization work much more accurately than official reports tend to: "The novel...brings out how this NGO is shaped by actors in the organization and their surrounding networks. These people carry out activities according to their understanding of the situation and follow the whims of their personalities, motivated by various combinations of sacrifice, self-interest, vanity and compassion... The novel delightfully turns the refugees into real people--good and bad, loveable and pitiful--who actively endeavor to enrol NGO staff members and visitors to provide the necessary assistance" [1]. I agree that Fielding does this well.

Part C is the weakest, but it pokes some lively, enjoyable fun at celebrities getting involved in charity, both their motives and their lack of real knowledge about the issues.

Overall, I found the book engaging and entertaining and read it in just a week.

Note, for those who are concerned about this sort of thing, that the book has a couple of sexual situations and quite a bit of strong language, as I imagine you would encounter if you actually organized a celebrity charity event.

[1] Dorothea Hilhorst, The Real World of NGOs: Discourses, Diversity, and Development (London: Zed Books), 2003, quoted in Lewis, Rodgers, and Woolcock, "The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge."

Ochach
Outstandingly true to life, it reminds me of several other real-life foreign-aid disasters like the tons of food rotting at their sundry delivery points, because there was no way to distribute the items to the areas where they were needed. (This has also happened to medical supplies, too.) Several times the problem could have been solved by inserting one or two bulldozers, or some trucks with snow-plow blades to penetrate the barriers of debris, sometimes a combination of the two.

One other frequent problem in some parts of the world was the highjacking of supplies by "official authorities" for stock-piling for later selling at insanely high prices to virtually penniless and homeless victims.

from earth
I love this book so much - I can't quite put it into words. The first time I read it, years ago, I instantly identified with the main character Rosie, and her desire to run from a complicated and tainted past. What she found, and what I found after reading the book, was that there's a great big world out there and a place for everyone in it. Even if it's not quite the place we thought we'd end up. This book makes me feel adventurous and hopeful, and that's the best praise I can give any experience. Read it, you'll be the better for it!

Dorizius
Usually, I read books that send me to a dictionary, that make me savor language. I don't think you'll find that in Helen Fielding's Cause Celeb. It took me 1/3 of the book to really get into it, both the story and the character development. I eventually did. And when I got to the end I was rewarded. It's a good story well told with an ending that actually ties things up with strings of surprise. At least I was surprised. Brava, Helen.

Opimath
Not as good as the Bridget Jones novels, but a very interesting topic wrt non-governmental agency work in Africa. I enjoyed the book because it was so different....the descriptions of Africa camp life were realistic without being negative or depressing. I liked the main character and found that the pace of the book picked up in the second half.

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