Alice in Theatreland written by Julia Roberts, published ripped Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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It’s summer 1976; London is languishing in the sultry heat. Beautiful and talented nineteen-year-old, Alice Abbott, arrives in the city with high hopes of one day seeing her name up in lights but first she must impress Richard, the producer of a new West End show, Theatreland. Alice is befriended at the audition by the more experienced Gina, who, although burdened by her own dark secrets, is determined to protect the newcomer from the sleaze behind the glamour. She also attracts attention from the male lead in the show, Peter, a former pop star struggling to escape his playboy reputation. Alice’s star seems to be rising as fast as the temperature until she naively accepts an impromptu dinner invitation from Richard. What happened that night? And how far will Richard go to protect his guilty secret? Fabulously wicked people who are easy to loathe, counterbalanced with an endearing heroine and friends we’d all love to have as our own. An authentic seventies setting with not one but two twists at the end.
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julia Roberts latest novel, Alice in Theatreland. I love the play of words for the title of this novel, young Alice from Nottingham is definitely entering a different type of wonderland when she auditions for a part in a show in London.
This was a fabulous story by Julia Roberts, I felt transported back in time to the crazy heat of 1976 and to a time in London buzzing with culture and full of the effervescence surrounding the entertainment business specifically the West End. I felt myself lapping up the glamorous side of show business and was loving all the behind the scenes auditioning, make-up, costumes, mingling with the stars. But there was a darker side to this industry that the media almost ignored. It was a cutthroat business and underhand dealings were made. Young vulnerable girls on their first trip to the big city were targeted and sadly exploited.
Alice Abbott from Nottingham was a talented dancer and her dream was to appear in a West End show. She was so excited and nervous travelling on her own to her first big audition. Alice immediately struck up a friendship with a fellow auditionee, Gina, who had been treading the boards for over 10 years. Gina’s experience in this field were very beneficial to Alice and Gina soon took the young dancer under her wings. Even auditioning was a challenge for all the girls, the producer of the show had a hard, bullying approach and he instantly took a disliking to Alice.
Alice couldn’t believe her luck when the leading man turned out to be her favourite pop star whom she had worshipped and idolised for a few years. Their first encounter was quite memorable, possibly embarrassing for Alice as she didn’t recognise her idol. However, Peter Flint, the pop star hoping to change his career path in the theatre, was surprised by Alice’s reaction to him and admired this and he soon became besotted with her but didn’t want to scare her off due to his bad boy image in the press.
Gina didn’t know how many more shows she could do; the young girls fresh from stage school had so much more energy and beauty. To make ends meet Gina has taken on work in a more seedier side of the entertainment business as a hostess in a man’s club. She is desperate to leave but fears for her safety from her employer. Alice and Gina build a great bond together but sadly Gina wasn’t able to protect Alice from the darker side of entertainment and unbeknown to the naïve young girl she was to put her life in danger.
We follow Alice’s story of pursuing her dreams in London, on navigating a very cutthroat business and of learning life the hard way. Gina the experienced showgirl trying to survive two jobs and escape a life she wishes she hadn’t ventured into. Peter trying to break from his pop star mould and shed away the bad boy image. Will the trio survive the heat of ’76 and all it’s sordid traps in this ruthless business?
This story had me enthralled, entertained and gripped from the start with all the events developing with all it’s twists and turns leaving me riveted. An entertainment industry eye opener with oodles of nostalgia of 1970’s London.
About the Author
Julia Roberts’ passion for writing began when, at the age of ten, after winning second prize in a short story-writing competition, she announced that she wanted to write a book. After a small gap of forty-seven years, and a career in the entertainment industry, Julia finally fulfilled her dream in 2013 when her first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, was published by Preface Publishing. Two weeks later she had the idea for her first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then…, book one in the Liberty Sands Trilogy, which was released in May 2015.
Julia still works full-time as a Presenter for the TV channel QVC, where she has recently celebrated her twenty-third anniversary.
She now lives in Ascot with her partner of thirty-nine years and occasionally one or other of her adult children and their respective cats.
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