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Maya by Alastair Campbell
  

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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.

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Synopsis

Maya by Alastair Campbell

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.

Reviews

A superb read ... Campbell paints a sometimes disturbing, always fascinating portrait of fame, and the obsession and manipulation that it attracts -- Piers Morgan Campbell has written a book which is well plotted and suspenseful. Few who can bring themselves to start will be able to force themselves not to finish... Maya should clearly be played by Keira Knightley if Campbell gets the movie deal - which, on the basis of the story's twists and grip, should not be ruled out... (Piers) Morgan surely won't be the only person to like this book. The joke waiting to be made is that Campbell saves his best fiction for public enquiries - but much of Maya ruins that gag. -- Mark Lawson, Guardian Guardian


About the Author

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 advisor to Mr Blair and the Labour Party, including during the 2005 election campaign. He lives in North London with his partner of 25 years, Fiona Millar. They have three children Rory, 19, Calum, 17, and Grace, 13. His interests include running, triathlon, bagpipes and Burnley Football Club.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th February 2010

Author

Alastair Campbell

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Author's Website

www.alastaircampbell.org/

Publisher

Hutchinson an imprint of Arrow Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780091930875

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