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Andrew O’Hagan’s highly acclaimed novel tells the story of Maria Tambini, a Scottish child singing sensation who leaves behind her working class roots to find fleeting fame in London before falling ill with anorexia. Based on the life of Lena Zavaroni and told through a superbly realised cast of actual and imaginary characters, the novel brilliantly captures the Scotland of Tambini/Zavaroni’s childhood on Bute and the world of 1970s light entertainment, while exploring the more sinister aspects of celebrity.

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