‘I had a huge grin on my face through most of this great book! It is so unbelievably believable. I loved the way it dipped in and out of two worlds, one foot in the humdrum of everyday life, the other knee deep in celebrity. Nearly all of us have at some time picked up a celeb magazine and wished we lived the life of the rich and famous. Great fun, I’m looking forward to the next stage of Steffi’s life’.
Jane Elliott, best-selling author of The Little Prisoner and Sadie.
'Seeing such a self-composed and attractive woman talking about her big break, I found it hard not to draw parallels with the unfolding tragedy of Britney Spears'
Linda Jones www.trashionista.com
'I’ve never read a novel about a rising star that portrays so vividly and accurately the processes and their impact on the character’s life, their world and their relationships. The book brilliantly gets inside the mind of a young woman on her way up, battling against the odds, her loves and the prices she has to pay. I was hooked from the first page to the last and read it through almost non-stop.'
Peter James, film producer and best-selling author of Dead Simple.
' "Beautifully written, well paced and a real page turner" sums this book up in cliches, but there is much more to say about it. Although the subject matter is very different, this book is as much a tale of our time as 'A Kind of Loving' is of the late 1950s. And in telling it in the first person, Crofts keeps you as close and as sympathetic to Steffi as Barstow does with Vic Brown. All the other characters are truly believable and the twists in the plot entirely credible. Crofts doesn't mince his language, but the swearing is carefully placed and right in character. Don't let the girly-pink cover put you off - this is a punchy story that will appeal to men and women alike.'
'Lock up the kids, refill the biscuit tin sit back and indulge yourself in a truly absorbing read. Steffi is a true backstreet kid, follow her rise to stardom and all the falls she has along the way. I promise you won’t be disappointed in this book. The ultimate escapism. A modern day fairytale, written for the grown up. ENJOY!!!'
'A great up-to-date book. Couldn’t put it down, but it needs a sequel …'
'This is by far one of the best books I have read. There’s a little bit of everything thrown in there, even the tear jerker, so well written…'
'I really enjoyed this book. There’s a type of writing that almost makes me forget I’m reading – it’s more as though I’m listening to someone tell me a story – and the writing of ‘Steffi McBride’ is like that … I kept telling myself ‘I’ll just read one more chapter’ and then ‘well, perhaps just one more’ – It’s a tale of our times and an excellent, absorbing read.'
'Rarely do I devour a book in one sitting, but The Overnight Fame of Steffi McBride hooked me from the very beginning …If you ever wonder what’s going on in the mind of Amy Winehouse or Britney Spears, then this is the book to buy.'
(Eliza is freelance writer, beauty & holistic therapist and college lecturer. Please feel free to contact her on email@example.com)
This is a read-it-in-one-sitting modern-day fairytale - princes, villains and ogres included. Bridget Jones put those pants on and move aside! There is no swanky media job here; Steffi is, for most of us, the modern day young woman.
A pot washer from the wrong estate with a junky boyfriend and family who would rather you snort a line than read a book, Steffi has a dream and no one, not even her dad, can stop her.
When talent scouts spot Steffi the ultimate young girl’s dream starts to become a reality. Steffi, a lifelong fan of The Towers, isoverjoyed at the chance to work on the infamous soap.
Nothing can prepare her for the tidal wave of fame that hits, but has Steffi too many stars in her eyes to see that the wave is in fact shark-infested
A truly gripping read, Crofts encapsulates the rocky road of today’s vulnerable celebrity status. A tale we have witnessed so often in the media, told fascinatingly from the other side
Narrated by Steffi, this story should be a textbook for all budding wannabees. Crofts’ style ensures Steffi is a lovable character, making you love and despair alongside her. You find yourself willing her dreams to come true. Now that I have finished reading the book I feel bereft and cheated that she is not real
The princes, fairy godmothers and villains are all there just as in every good fairytale. There’s boy band has-been, Luke, a pin up for Steffi since her early teens. And Gerry, every mother’s dream son-in-law, you love him but is he Steffi’s prince or just another knight destined not to get his princess? And we mustn’t forget fairy godmother Dora, the chain-smoking agent - but does Steffi really need another mother?
Enjoy the emotions as Steffi grows from a girl with a boyfriend living in a squat, to the nation’s sweetheart. Live the dream alongside Steffi and experience the highs and lows. Have the tissues to hand, sit back and indulge yourself in a truly beautiful read.
It's an amazing story about an incredible woman, and has a very moving ending.
The brilliance in this `show and tell all' story is the character of Maggie, a strong and, in her way, courageous woman. She talks about `paying her dues' in the business, working for years in various aspects of show business waiting for her big break. She capitalises on her sex appeal and has stints as a Benny Hill girl - for those of you who are too young to know who Benny Hill is, he was a comedian whose show featured a lot of buxom young woman showing a lot of skin - and roles in revues and pantomimes. When show biz is slow, she pays the rent by being an escort, one perfectly willing to provide extras.
Maggie's story is of the seedier aspects of show business and she gives up a lot to keep the dream alive. Sometimes, I thought she was in the unfortunate position of the untalented thinking herself talented, but I always admired her single minded pursuit of her goals. She was one of the many in show business who just missed out on the better opportunities - like authors who almost get published - and had to take the lesser work or give up. But she didn't give up as most in her situation do. Even as she grew older, she kept her faith that one day her time would come. As a reader, I wasn't so sure, but I also realised that however it ended for Maggie this was still going to be a great story.
The end blew my mind because, not only was it totally unexpected, it was about much more than making it or not making it in show business. It was about an older woman discovering her place in the world, the real reasons for her family's reclusive nature, and what is really important in life. This really is a `must read'. I give it 5 stars and a place in the Awesome Indies listing.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this read to anyone, whatever your reading habits: From the really gritty writing to the clever twists and turns, and the believable characteristation and highly entertaining wit. I can't imagine anyone wouldn't enjoy a trip to the inner world of Maggie de Beer.
And by the end, I wasn't ready to say goodbye and was even hoping there might be a follow up ..