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Do you wonder where it s all going to end? Does the word celebrity sound like a great name for a fifth horseman of the apocalypse? Do you doubt there s even time to build a fallout shelter? Then this book is for you- an invaluable primer to the celebriscape, a world expanding twice as fast as the universe it inhabits. Celebrity is a coruscating, hilarious, thinking person s guide to a world in which it is considered reasonable that Angelina Jolie advises on the Iraqi reconstruction effort, Charlie Sheen analyses 9/11, and in which Jude Law s views on the Taliban are taken seriously. Anatomising every aspect of our crazed world, Celebrity tackles the big topics, including Celebrity Activism when celebrities care , Celebrities and the Middle East- a troubled region s brightest hope? , and Celebrity Religions- who do the worshipped worship? . Celebrity also provides indispensible resources- a glossary of common words or expressions such as She s suffering from exhaustion (She ha
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A brilliant, hilarious thinking person's guide to a world obsessed to the point of lunacy by celebrity: a guide to our times and a classic piece of comic writing.

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Marina Hyde read English at Christ Church, Oxford, and started in journalism as a temporary secretary on the Sun's showbiz desk. She has worked at the Guardian since 2000, where her three weekly columns - on sport, celebrity and politics - have won her a reputation as one of the funniest and most admired journalists in the UK. She lives in London.


"An excoriating, needle-sharp and superbly funny attack on the 'stars' who abuse their fame" * Metro * "This hilarious romp through modern culture by the Guardian columnist highlights the bizarre reach of hollow fame these days... Shudder-inducingly funny" * The Big Issue * "If you like sharp, funny and super-smart, Marina Hyde is your woman" -- Jonathan Freedland "She is one of those rare writers who are the same in person as they are on the page, damn good fun... It's a brilliant read, a surreal whistle-stop tour through the rogues' gallery of 21st century celebrities" -- Chitra Ramaswamy * Scotland on Sunday * "Much of Hyde's material will be familiar...made me laugh out loud...outrageous and opening" * Guardian *

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