Diary of a C-List Celeb

At work, I’m currently working on rebuilding a [directory of Light Entertainment](http://www.showcall.co.uk/) into something that’s more useable and less admin-intensive. As such, I’m dealing with content that includes tribute bands, lookalikes, magicians and other acts that keep the smaller venues around the UK with someone to put on their stages.

As such, reading [Diary of a C-List Celeb](http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/055381625X/thislitheunoffig) ought to be a bit of a busman’s holiday — but it’s a highly enjoyable one. The tale of a two-bit actor who dreams of leaving the Grimsby panto world behind for a life of celebrity — which, these days, involves breaking into television — _Diary_ is the debut work of Paul Hendy, himself a minor TV celeb.

It’s an enjoyable romp, although it hardly breaks new ground. [Basket Case](http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/034068061X/thislitheunoffig) by Douglas Chirnside and [This is Your Life](http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0552998494/thislitheunoffig) by John O’Farrell are two stand-outs among a highly variable crowd. It’s rare, though, to find a book that can place itself in a highly familiar environment with such a consistent wit that sustains until the end of the book, and this is where Hendy succeeds. You’ll guess every supposed ‘twist’ pretty early on, but you’ll hardly care.

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.