Based on a True Story

Paperback | June 14, 2014

byElizabeth Renzetti

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A delectable satirical novel about celebrity culture, journalism, truth, lies, consequences - about the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell others.

Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous in England for playing a slatternly barmaid on a nighttime soap opera and for falling down drunk in public. Now, she has no job, no relationship with her long-lost son, and a sad shortage of tranquilizers - but she has had an improbable hit with her memoir (which is based on a true story, but only very loosely).

But when Frances Bleeker - an insecure and not very successful American tabloid journalist - tells Augusta that a man she once loved has written a book, Augusta becomes terrified that her life story will be revealed as the web of lies it really is. She sets out on a trans-Atlantic journey from London to California to seek revenge on her former lover - a journey that will require the reluctant help of Frances.

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A delectable satirical novel about celebrity culture, journalism, truth, lies, consequences - about the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell others.Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous in England for playing a slatternly barmaid on a nighttime soap opera and for falling down drunk in public. Now, she has no job, n...

Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for the Globe and Mail and for several years worked the London bureau. She has been the editor of the Books and Arts sections of the Globe and Mail and editor of Elm Street magazine. Her work has been anthologized in collections of essays, and she regularly appears as a radio and television commentator...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:June 14, 2014Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:177089313X

ISBN - 13:9781770893139

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking forward to her next novel. What a wonderful read. The novel is funny, poignant and clever. We care about characters that at first aren't lovable--great debut. I hope Elizabeth is working on a sequel.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lighthearted I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well written, and the characters really draw you in. There was some laughter, and some sad parts... and some very interesting story-lines. But overall I would recommend this to family and friends to read. I did notice with this download though that there seemed to be 2 copies of the book in the file. I'm not sure if it was a glitch or what... but after reading the first 2 chapters (just to be sure it was a duplicate) I noticed it was.
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Engaging This book was fun and engaging - just like your favourite celebrity gossip magazine. It actually left me wanting more so I found the ending abrupt.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Debut Novel Good for a debut novel, but you might not want to read this if you are tired or sleepy. You'll end up putting the book down.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly fab I just loved Augusta Price in all her badness. True Story is a cautionary tale about our fascination with celebrity and tabloid truth but blah blah blah, this is just a fun, funny, fabulous read.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Based on a True Story A wildly funny spin on an aging actresses ongoing addictions battle, with an underlay of sadness. Well written with lol moments.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amusing first novel Captured the British entertainment scene very accurately and caught myself laughing out loud at some of the crazy scenes. Keep up the good work! Congratulations on your column in the Globe and Mail, your humour is appreciated.
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Great book ... Canada's very own Zoe Heller!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Clever! Not the sort of book I normally read and have to say I found it a bit raunchy. Never having met an alcoholic-drug addicted actress, found it hard to relate to Augusta but sympathized with Frances. What a thankless job she had! Still, it was well-written - funny in parts - and great to read about places I have visited.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Based on a True Story I devoured this in an afternoon! Fabulous story, great characters - absolutely brilliant.
Date published: 2014-07-03

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"Based on a True Story is a wry and daring debut, serving up razor-sharp wit that cuts through the tangled webs (and cobwebs) of human desire, friendship, and motherhood. Fans of Hollywood - old and new - will embrace Elizabeth Renzetti's troubled heroine, with her dash of Norma Desmond. From page one it's obvious that this is a novelist who is ready for her literary close-up." - Kim Izzo, author of The Jane Austen Marriage Manual"With Based on a True Story, Renzetti has offered up a story that is fun to read - because this novel is a hell of a lot of fun.- but that is also, like Renzetti's newspaper writing, incisive, street-wise, and written with the deft hand of a truly talented scribe. This book also offers insight into addiction, insecurity, the way our upbringings define us, and the nature of true love, how blind it can be - but also how it, above all else, can be what raises a person out of the depths of failure and despair." - Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail"Based on a True Story is a seriously funny book" - Sara O'Leary, The National Post"I couldn't put it down." - Roni Simunovic, Geist"In her weekly column, Renzetti uses her considerable wit and skill to make any topic engaging. She uses the same talents to make you care about Augusta and Frances -- despite their flaws -- and as a consequence her first novel succeeds admirably." - Dave Williamson, Winnipeg Free Press"Perhaps the best thing about reading this novel is that you will laugh out loud listening to these characters muddle their way through Augusta's attempts to squash (or, perhaps, to discover) the "true story." Renzetti effortlessly nails the voice of each one, and she also keeps the pace hopping as the action shifts from England to California and back again." - Jean Mills, Waterloo Record