The Camera Never Lies – Tess Daly

“Britt Baxter is unaware of the effect she has on people. A big-hearted, no nonsense northern girl, she naturally looks for the best in everyone she meets, but in her attempts to make it as model she finds she struggles against being pinned down on the casting couch by the most unlikely people… So when a happy accident lands her a career as a presenter on breakfast television, it looks as if she has made it out of the modelling world of close-ups and cattle calls and into the big time – or at least daytime TV. But scarcely has Britt had time to wonder at how far she has come, when backstage machinations propel her with ever increasing speed through a series of trapdoors and she soon realises that the drama backstage far eclipses anything that happens in front of the camera…”

The Camera Never Lies by Tess Daly is a fun, chick-lit romp that focuses on the life of Britt Baxter, a model whose career hasn’t exactly taken off yet. She’s about to be picked for the biggest job of her life that will cement her status as a supermodel, but her principles come first and she backs out.

Her and her boyfriend Alex, who has just been made redundant, are forced to do waitressing jobs together to pay the bills. But when Britt is pushed over the edge at a star-studded, celebrity-stuffed party and throws a drink over a lecherous attendee, she’s fired. Her optimism turns to despair – until she is unexpectedly hired by one of the guests to be a TV presenter on the hottest breakfast show, Rise & Shine. The contracts are signed and Britt is plunged into life in front of the camera. But as she starts excelling on-screen and impressing her boss, life behind the scenes at the show begins to get more complicated. Someone is sabotaging Britt’s career, and TV’s hottest new sensation suddenly finds herself sinking back to the bottom…

The Camera Never Lies is a witty novel that gives a rarely-seen insight into what happens behind the scenes in celebrityville.

Many thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for the review copy.

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