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Personality

Andrew O’Hagan

Personality is Andrew O’Hagan’s second novel, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and a powerful tale about society, celebrity and self-destruction.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571217755
Date Published
01.04.2004
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Summary

Andrew O’Hagan’s second novel, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, is a powerful tale about society, celebrity and self-destruction.

Maria Tambini is a thirteen-year-old girl with a great singing voice. Growing up on a small Scottish island, she is ready for the big time and keen to escape her ordinary life. When she wins a national TV talent show, she becomes an instant star, yet all the time ‘the girl with the giant voice’ is losing herself in fame and in a private battle with her own body. Can Maria be saved by love or is she destined to be consumed by celebrity, by family secrets, and by her number-one fan?

‘Enormously impressive, frequently curious and consistently ambitious.’ Sunday Times

‘What he manages brilliantly is allowing us only restricted access to Maria’s mind, so that the reader is put in something like the same relation to her as the sharkish agents and managers who suck her dry.’ Guardian

‘Such command, such grace, and such compassion.’ New York Review of Books

AndrewO'Hagan

Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize, was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and he won the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is Editor-at-Large of the London Review of Books and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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