Thursday, November 19, 2015

Top ten celebrity appearances in fiction

John O’Farrell's latest book is There’s Only Two David Beckhams. Among his top ten celebrity appearances in fiction, as shared at the Guardian:
James Joyce in Any Human Heart by William Boyd (2002)

This is the imagined memoir of a British writer, Logan Mountstuart, whose life spans most of the 20th century. Boyd uses these journals as a way of interrogating the idea of celebrity, particularly literary celebrity, and on his travels he comes across various authors and well-known people, including James Joyce in Paris. He makes the Irish legend laugh and Joyce informs him he will have to steal that joke – something I’ve had more than one celebrity say to me.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Any Human Heart also appears among Eoin Colfer's six favorite books and John Mullan's ten best novels about novelists.

--Marshal Zeringue