Unfamous by Emma Morgan

Everyone's intrigued when a celebrity sidekick publishes her memoirs - apart from the tabloid hack who originally wrote them... So whose improbable tale is true?

When celebrity sidekick Stacey Blyth gets her memoirs serialised, everyone's intrigued - what's so special about this scrawny blonde also-ran? The answer: she's the heir to an immense fortune. Or so she says... A tabloid hack who befriended her on the showbiz circuit is sceptical - she thought she was Stacey's official biographer and her blogged recollections of their time spent together, piecing together Ms Blyth's murky past, don't exactly tally with the excerpts in the papers... So is Stacey Blyth the richest girl in the world - or an absolute fabulist?

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  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Aug. 16, 2010
  • Last updated Aug. 16, 2010
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  • Retired user
    JREdwards wrote 4 years, 3 months ago

    Really enjoying this- would love to see more of this up. Incredibly humorous (I'm much more of a book than TV person, but for a while somehow ended up working in the showbiz and music industry, and the narrator's voice, especially in the first chapter, completely cracks me up- I've met Elton John- brilliant!)
    I'm very impressed with the manner you pull off the superficial tone without making it sound cliched, or sounding like this you're this way yourself.

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    Jewels Diva [Retired] wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Interesting! You're not Stacey are you?


    Jewels Diva

    Life and Death Adventures in London.

  • Pia 's avatar
    Pia wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Emma -

    Unfamous - Great title. Stacey's voice is surreally intriguiging and drew me right into her story. It's a sub-culture I am only familiar with through the media, yet the threads you weave captured me. Your style of writing works brilliantly, the irony bites. Came back to refresh an earlier comment and rate this with a handful of stars. Pia (Course of Mirrors)

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    fletcherkovich wrote 4 years, 9 months ago
    Emma- I admit this book has a very strong inquiry about life, its purpose and where it leads us. Every angle of this book is full of psychological substance that would encourage the reader to keep reading and dig out the mystery that covers it. The opening scene beautifully draws a stable foundation of the book’s aim and the way the author describes the introduction really leaves a good picture that symbolizes the nature of contradictions in life. Good intentions. ...
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  • Kaimaparamban's avatar
    Kaimaparamban wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Emma, Your subject in this novel is seem to be a new one. You are explaining a mind of a lady, not a physical body. Outputs from heroine's mind is conversating with readers.

    Joy J. Kaimaparamban
    The Wildfire

  • Sly80's avatar
    Sly80 wrote 4 years, 11 months ago
    You've got the voice of Celebrity off to a T - a smarter Jordan with a better sense of humour (even if it's mostly unintentional) 'it's as cold as boiling water is hot'. Famous and amnesic, an interesting combination. Hm out of one hospital, into another. I wonder why. Rehab! An excellent place for a gossip, and Stacy can gossip and bitch for England. Oh, so it's not Stacy who is the heiress... A switch to Chiara and another version ...
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  • Gavin Lane's avatar
    Gavin Lane wrote 4 years, 11 months ago
    Hi Emma, I like this very much. Your colloquial prose is accurate and easy to relate to, though not in a crass observational way. The jerky, tabloid intertextuality and stream-of-consciousness style you employ could take you into cliched 'chick-lit' territory, but, from what I've read so far, you avoid this nicely. I like that you don't take an age to get cracking with the story (mainly because I'm not a fan of reading reams of exposition on my laptop:) and ...
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  • CarolinaAl's avatar
    CarolinaAl wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    You've populated this hysterical story with colorful and quirky personalities. Fresh dialogue. Wacky, thought-provoking narrative. Great voice. Tantalizing storyline. Assured writing. A fun read. Backed.

  • A. Zoomer's avatar
    A. Zoomer wrote 4 years, 11 months ago


    Oh EM,
    I love this writing from the first sentence on.

    The spoof on magazines is brilliant.

    I support this book with enthusiasm.

    Only suggestion is to look at the title. I want the title to zing more. Infamy?
    And i am thinking each chapter could read like a header in a celebrity mag.

    Love it.

    A Zoomer
    Going Out in Style

  • JD Revene's avatar
    JD Revene wrote 4 years, 11 months ago


    Great voice and intriuging opening. The delivery is chick lit style, but I get a sense there's more going on here. Excellent stuff, delivered with confidence.

    One observation on the first chapter. You write:

    Its as cold as boiling water is cold.

    and I wondered whether the second 'cold' was supposed to be 'hot'.

    Otherwise nothing to offer.


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    Sandrine wrote 4 years, 11 months ago
    you really should get in touch with Oli (sorry for the enigmatic tweets) who puts together www.gupterpunchermagazine.wordpress.com which is the funniest (and best-written) spoof film zine ever (especially as you see to share a love of Point Break - me too). This is very cool. If you're anywhere near the Oxford area, would you be up for reading from it some time - I run a monthly gig at the O3 gallery in Oxford Castle and I'd love to put ...
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  • Jack Hughes's avatar
    Jack Hughes wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hello Emma. This is a great book with an excellent narrative viewpoint. I love the way you combine the self-contradictory thoughts of the conscious with the events going on in the opening chapter. Not an easy thing to get right but you've certainly managed it. Sharp and cleverly written, a good expose on the facile nature of the pop and 'celeb' culture. Fantastic work, best of luck.

    Backed with pleasure.

    Jack Hughes
    Dawn of Shadows

  • D K Willis's avatar
    D K Willis wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Emma, Your book takes off like a rocket. The humor and style allows the reader to be immediately drawn into your story. It is beautifully crafted. I found myself chuckling and then laughing out loud. It's also a fascinating glimpse into a world some of us have only imagined. Good job. Backed with pleasure.

  • J.S.Watts's avatar
    J.S.Watts wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Our Stacey is hardly a sympathetic character, at least not in the chapters I have read, but she's authentically false and shallow and very much 'now'. The story moves along at a slick pace, is stylish, polished and amusing and, I would have thought, would leap of ff the shelves once published.


  • Elizabeth Wolfe's avatar
    Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Dear Emma,
    Love your stream of consciousness style writing! Hiking in heels - ouch! This book is fun, witty, immediate, fabulous!

    Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY)

  • lionel25's avatar
    lionel25 wrote 5 years ago

    Emma, I read up to Chapter 3. This is a smooth read. I like how you switch between the first-person voices. Good job on that. There's a true-to-life feel about your style.

    Happy to back your work.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

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    SRFire [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This is both funny and compelling. You have a unique voice which I enjoyed listening to. Backed with pleasure, Sana x

  • drachat's avatar
    drachat wrote 5 years ago

    This is well-written and funny at times, even though it's not a funny subject. You are brought in to the MC's issues in life with the same fascination the world has with tabloids.

    Very well-done and happily backed

    "Road to Redemption: From Cop's Daughter to Convicted Felon"

  • alva's avatar
    alva wrote 5 years ago

    this is fun and well written. quite fresh, compared to much of the competition. good luck!

  • Retired user
    Peter Wild [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    This unusual story flows really well - helped by the highly-individual voice of the MC. I'd lighten up on the italics, which sometimes work and other times not, but this is a book that could be enjoyably read in a couple of days. Backed with best wishes!
    Peter Wild
    Double Action