Five of the best novels about celebrity culture

Five of the best novels about celebrity culture

Whether it’s a jazz age loner looking for love or a boyband star dating an older, wiser woman, fame and its many trapdoors are here for all to see

Celebrities are strange. We don’t know much about them, and yet we feel as if we know everything. They are constantly being watched and still somehow manage to stay hidden. Many have more power than most politicians, but most of them will never wield it.

Fame has changed drastically throughout history. Could we call medieval saints or Greek philosophers celebrities? How does their status compare to the likes of modern-day A-listers, who are just as likely to emerge from Instagram as they are from Hollywood? And how does that degree of attention affect the celebrities themselves?

Gold Rush by Olivia Petter is published by 4th Estate on 18 July.

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