Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 May 2010.
Partly a psychological thriller and mostly about the obsession with fame society now has Campbell draws together characters from the worlds of business, journalism, politics and film and creates a world full of sycophants and morally ambiguous people. Gripping stuff and probably quite close to the bone.
March 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.
Former New Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell’s second novel, Maya, looks at
the world of celebrity. The storyteller is Steve, best friend and confidant to the fictional film star of the title, who finds he’s becoming scarily obsessed with her.
Maya Lowe is one of the world's biggest movie stars. Steve Watkins is her life-long friend. Both swear their relationship hasn't changed since they shared a school desk as London teenagers. But can a friendship like theirs really survive a fame as great as Maya's? Can a man like Steve, working away for a Heathrow logistics company, seriously remain part of her life? He certainly thinks so. But amid the twists and turns of Maya's public and private lives, the gulf between what Steve thinks and what is actually true gets ever wider. And in a world where the obsession with celebrity seems to make everyone want to be one, truth is hard to find. Set in modern-day Britain, America and France, Alastair Campbell's second novel is part psychological thriller, part exploration of the psychology of fame. Steve is a brilliantly ambiguous figure, narrating a story full of morally complex characters from the worlds of film, business, TV, journalism and private investigation. Whether through stars with a love-hate relationship with their public; agents milking the culture of celebrity; a media that cannot get enough because the public always want more, Campbell depicts a society feeding vainly on fame, and the dangerous consequences for those caught up in its frenzy.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Arrow Books Ltd
|Publication date:||4th February 2010|
|Publisher:||Hutchinson an imprint of Arrow Books Ltd|
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Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet. After graduating from Cambridge University in modern languages, his first chosen career was journalism, principally with the Mirror Group. When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, he asked Campbell to be his press secretary. He worked for Blair - first in that capacity, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy - from 1994 to 2003, since when he has been engaged mainly in writing, public speaking and working for Leukaemia Research, where he is chairman of fundraising. He has continued to act as an ...More About Alastair Campbell