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Alison Bond worked in the film industry for seven years before writing her debut novel, How To Be Famous. A graduate of Bournemouth Media School, Alison currently lectures on the harsh realities of the film business as part of their MA screenwriting programme.
A friendship novel, a Hollywood novel, an entertaining read packed with incident and the added bonus of authoritative insight into the Hollywood scene. The author has worked in the industry for seven years and this is obviously based on her experiences. It’s fast, glamorous, easy-read, addictive stuff with an interesting twist. Comparisons: Marian Keyes, Jackie Collins, Louise Bagshawe.Similar this month: Barbara Taylor Bradford, Julian Fellowes.
The University Orator's job is to create formal presentations, in Latin, to mark historic moments in academic life or, most commonly, to present the honorary degrees which Oxford periodically awards to leading international figures. The distinguished Classical scholar Godfrey Bond, who held the post of Orator between 1980 and 1992, was a master at creating concise biographical portraits in clear, beautifully-constructed Latin. This book contains a collection of his addresses to famous figures, including Kiri te Kanawa, Cardinal Basil Hume, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Prince Naruhito of Japan, Joseph Brodsky and Sir Vidia Naipaul. In all of these elegant orations, the charm and the wit of the man who translated jumbo jets as balanenae ballistariae (`catapulted whales') shines through.