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Helen Fielding, a journalist and a novelist, is the author of three previous novels, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Cause Celeb. She also co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the forthcoming sequel based on Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

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Cause Celebre - A BBC Radio Drama

Disillusioned with life as a literary publicist in London and sick of her hotshot TV presenter boyfriend, twenty-something Rosie Richardson decides to give up glitz for good deeds and escape to Africa to run a refugee camp. When famine strikes and a massive refugee influx threatens to overwhelm the camp, officials drag their heels. The only way to get food fast is to bring the celebrities first, so Rosie returns to London to organize a star-studded and risky emergency appeal. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding’s debut novel is both comic and thought-provoking.

Cause Celeb crackles with insights into the nature of fame, passion, and altruism in our time, all the while following an unlikely-but hugely likeable-heroine.

Description: Excerpt from the television adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play Cause Celebre.

Pardoning Peltier, who has served 41 years of his two consecutive life sentences, has long been a cause celebre among the left. Groups such as Amnesty International, the Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and the Soviet Peace Committee, as well as various Hollywood celebrities, have condemned the conviction and called for ’s release.

Anne-Marie Duff takes the lead role in Terence Rattigan's final play, Cause Celebre.


Disillusioned with life as a literary publicist in London and sick of her hotshot TV presenter boyfriend, twenty-something Rosie Richardson decides to give up glitz for good deeds and escape to Africa to run a refugee camp. When famine strikes and a massive refugee influx threatens to overwhelm the camp, officials drag their heels. The only way to get food fast is to bring the celebrities first, so Rosie returns to London to organize a star-studded and risky emergency appeal. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding's debut novel is both comic and thought-provoking.

Cause Celeb crackles with insights into the nature of fame, passion, and altruism in our time, all the while following an unlikely-but hugely likeable-heroine.Don't worry: Cause Celeb doesn't play famine relief for laughs-or fawn over fashionable people who do their bit to help. This is a deft, subtle, admirable, pleasurable book.This novel is not just for the Melissa Bank set but will also satisfy those who have graduated to Diane Johnson and Francine Prose. How ironic, then, that Fielding wrote Cause Celeb before Bridget Jones's Diary, and published it, in 1994, in Britain. Bridget Jones's many fans will recognize a prototype of their heroine in Cause Celeb's narrator and protagonist, Rosie Richardson. Rosie quickly tires of self-absorption and neurotic romance with a glamourous Londoner, and throws herself into famine relief in Africa. She is not so naive, however, as to try to escape her past, and ultimately the two strands of the tale become one. Rosie displays a keen sense of humor whether she is rubbing shoulders with show-biz personalities or muddling along in the refugee camp-and isn't humor exactly the quality that would enable a person to get through either situation more or less sane?Cause Celebre took us to Bournemouth in September 1934. Middle aged Alma is married to a much older man, Francis “Rats” Rattenbury. She begins an affair with her 18 year old chauffeur, George Bowman. As their relationship intensifies, George becomes convinced that they would be better off without “Rats” around. Then Rats is found murdered…If you can put this to one side, however, as I was able to and as I'm sure Fielding fans will be happy to; this isn't a bad effort at all. It lacks much of the humour of "Bridget Jones' Diary", but given the setting for at least half of the novel, that's hardly surprising. What "Cause Celeb" also lacks is the over the top nature that was "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination" and the forced feeling that pervaded "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason". "Bridget Jones' Diary" is a classic of chick lit that is unlikely to be easily bettered, by the same author or another, but "Cause Celeb" is comfortably Helen Fielding's second best novel.The case, which has seen many twists and turns since Sauvage, who is in her late 60s, shot her husband Norbert Marot three times in the back a day after their son hanged himself in 2012, is a cause celebre in France.Some top class production design and roles for the rather gorgeous Helen Mirren and a young David Morrissey, make this a very watchable drama. Cause Celebre was actually based on a true story a murder trial that really was one of the big Cause Celebre’s of the 1930’s.Cause Celeb - the critically acclaimed debut novel from a writer with a boundless grasp of the existential and the uproarious - has just landed in America. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding has created an alternately comic and moving satire that straddles the glitter of media London and the horrors of an African refugee crisis.

Rosie Richardson, a twenty-something literary puffette, is in a totally non-functional relationship with an unevolved but irresistible adult male - a hotshot TV presenter who plunges her into the glitzy, bitchy, inane lifestyle of London's It people. Disillusioned with the celebrity world, Rosie escapes to run a refugee camp in the African jungle.

When famine strikes and a massive refugee influx heads for the camp, governments and agencies drag their heels. Bringing her former media savvy to the fore, realizing the only way to get food out fast is to bring celebrities first, Rosie turns to the life and man she fled to organize a star-studded emergency appeal from famine-racked Africa.

Seamlessly bridging cataclysm and farce through the insights of a modern-day everywoman, Cause Celeb crackles with insight into fame, passion, and altruism in our time.