Pandora: Reality TV? It's Sky News, the novel
Wednesday 10 March 2010
Adam, Kay, et al: time to put in a pre-order. The former Sky newscaster Juliette Foster has allowed us a look at the synopsis of her long-awaited novel, Breaking News, and it promises to be every bit as titillating as anticipated.
The book details one Sally Wozniak, a television journalist who "ruthlessly claws her way to the top of the career ladder", and her combustible relationship with co-anchor Gerald Hewitt.
Foster is coy about her inspirations for the characters. "My lips are tightly sealed," she laughs. "I've had lots of friends share their analogies and stories and have been inspired by my very active imagination. There's a little twist in the dedications but that's all I'll say!"
Never mind: Pandora can think of several likely muses, most pertinently one Kay "Hurly" Burley, who once enjoyed a similarly combustible relationship with Frank Partridge. Partridge was sacked from his Sky post nine years ago after slapping her in the face (he reportedly took exception to her hogging the "And finally..." items).
Whether or not Burley can spot the parallels remains to be seen; her spokespeople declined to get back to us. Incidentally, Partridge may be interested to note that it all ends rather badly for Wozniak's literary lover: in a heated spat, she stabs him, leaving him for dead.
A warm welcome for Blair Jr
Congratulations to the young writers awarded prizes in the recent Commons Press Gallery writing competition. Entrants were asked to advocate policies for inclusion in an election manifesto, and the winners were taken to Downing Street to meet Gordon Brown. No doubt one lucky soul caused the PM a moment's hesitation: the winner of the Year 10 to 11 category was none other than Anthony Blair, of Grey Court School in Richmond, Surrey.
Breakfast in bed grates for Guinness
Spare a thought for Jasmine Guinness. Having finally launched a website for her high-end toy shop Honeyjam ("it was like a two-year pregnancy"), the prospect of Mother's Day looms with little promise of a rest. "I never get anything like breakfast in bed," complained the designer, pictured, over cocktails at the Royal Academy. "Although, to be honest, I am rather glad because I can't stand crumbs in the sheets. It drives me nuts."
Ah, well: every cloud, etc.
Cameron faces clouds in north
* Time for a nice cup of Yorkshire tea, Dave? As Camp Cameron awaits the general election starting gun, Pandora suspects that the Tory leader may have a few bridges to build when he catches up with party loyalists in the North. Northern-based MPs are, we're told, grumbling privately about what they see as Cameron's stubborn reluctance to attend week-day events organised by his party "north of Birmingham". No doubt those northern marginals will soon remedy the situation.
Perry joins art establishment
* Hats off to Grayson Perry, recently named as a Fellow of the Foundling Museum. "I'm a member of the establishment now," boasts the artist. "Being a rebel is so boring and tiresome and old fashioned. I do worry constantly of becoming fashionable. I think that's the most horrible thing that could possibly happen to me. Fashion is a horrible monster that eats ideas then spits them out half-chewed."
Perry, incidentally, has just designed a handbag for sale at Selfridges. The fashion establishment? Heaven forbid!
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