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Paul Hendy is 37 years old with a showbiz age of 28. Although he never made it as high as the C-list, you may have seen him hosting such shows as Donâ€™t Try This at Home and Wheel of Fortune, which had been running successfully for 20 years until Paul did one series and they cancelled it. He lives in London with his partner Emily and Ernie the cat. This is his first novel.
From playing panto in Grimsby to hosting the highest rated light entertainment show in the history of British television, this is the story of one extraordinary year in the life of minor TV personality and serial bad dresser, Simon Peters... Simon languishes on the bottom rung of the showbiz celebrity ladder, mired in the tacky world of game shows, daytime TV and home shopping channels. His agent has trouble remembering his name and even his stalker is more famous than he is. He goes to all the wrong parties, sleeps with all the wrong people and to make matters worse, stardom beckons for his most-loathed enemy. And just when it seems things couldn't get any worse, the plug is pulled on his TV show... Like most celebrities, Simon's riddled with insecurities but he's nothing if not resilient, thick-skinned, utterly selfish and a total - if misguided believer - in his own talent. HE knows he's got what it takes to get to the middle, the very middle. It's just the getting there that's the problem.
The King is dead. A nation mourns... Having clawed his way up from C-list obscurity to the pinnacle of A-list superstardom, media personality and self-proclaimed King of Saturday Night Television, Simon Peters is found dead in 'suspicious circumstances'. Deluded, self-obsessed and with an ego the size of Coventry, Simon trod on so many toes, stabbed innumerable backs and slept with a lot of the wrong people in his ever-more desperate search for fame. The bitter ex-agent, the ruthless manager, the jilted ex-girlfriend, the rival game-show host and any number of members of the viewing public who'd had to sit through his shows - each and every one had reason to hate Simon. But who would hate him enough to want to see him dead? Investigative journalist David Mulryan looks back on the career of this light entertainment legend in his search to answer the burning question: Who Killed Simon Peters? Taking you inside the mind of a man who is dying to be famous, this deliciously funny novel takes a sideways swipe at show business, slaps the face of the television industry and gives a friendly poke in the eye to our celebrity-obsessed culture.
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