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The Fabulous Dreams of Maggie De Beer

(2010)
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Fifteen year-old Maggie arrives in London on the run from her humdrum suburban life, determined to make it big in show business. For more than thirty years she is exploited by both men and the media. She struggles against endless set-backs and disappointments, always remaining optimistic, always believing that this time her big break has come...

Starting in 1970 Maggie de Beer's journey mirrors the rise of celebrity culture and the growth of the media which ruthlessly created it, exploiting and destroying the lives of girls like Maggie who willingly offered themselves up, happy to make any amount of personal sacrifices in exchange for a chance to live the dream. She is determined to make herself "interesting" and only when she finally achieves her goal, at enormous personal cost, does she discover, under the full glare of the media spotlight, that the family she was running away from was never as humdrum as she had believed.

"This, I thought as the chauffeured car slid me back from Park Lane to Earls Court behind darkened windows, is what life must have been like for party girls like Christine Keeler in the sixties. I had found my Xanadu, the place where I was meant to be ... "

This is the story of a woman who just wanted to be recognised and loved by the public.

 
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Paperback Editions

February 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Fabulous Dreams of Maggie de Beer
Author(s): Andrew Crofts
ISBN: 1-84454-890-2 / 978-1-84454-890-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Fabulous Dreams of Maggie De Beer
Author(s): Andrew Crofts
Publisher: Petteridge
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