Actress and Singer Clare Grogan, former lead singer of Altered Images and star of Gregory’s Girl, Red Dwarf and East Enders, will publish her debut novel Tallulah and the Teenstars this October on Edinburgh-based independent publishing house Black & White.
Described by the author as “a proper novel for young girls to enjoy”, Tallulah and the Teenstars tells the tale of Teresa Gordon, an ordinary girl living in an ordinary street, who dreams of being a pop star.
Of her first venture into fiction Clare said, “I wanted to write a story that would be good fun for young girls to read and which they would hopefully find inspiring too. And it was a sheer joy to write! “There’s no escaping the fact that Tallulah and the Teenstars is semi-autobiographical insofar as it’s based very loosely on the early days of being in Altered Images. I regard Tallulah and the Teenstars as a book for girls like I was as a teenager – girls who are more into Siouxsie and the Banshees than homework.
It’s something that I’ve thought about doing for some time.
“I think there’s an old-fashioned quality to the book, but within a hip setting. In some respects it’s an antidote to the mounting volume of teen fiction dealing with drugs, child abuse, violence and unwanted pregnancies. Not all childhoods are like that and, whilst hip and, hopefully inspiring, Tallulah has no truck with the over-sexualisation of young girls that’s taking place in the UK right now. “Tallulah and the Teenstars is more lipstick and guitars than G-strings and alcopops.”
As lead singer of Altered Images, Clare had huge success with a string of chart hits including Happy Birthday, Don’t Talk To Me About Love and I Could be Happy. Based loosely on Clare’s own path to pop stardom, Tallulah and the Teenstars is the first title in a projected series of three books called The Adventures of Tallulah Gosh.
Tallulah and the Teenstars is published in paperback this October by Black & White at £4.99.
For further information please contact Alison McBride at Black and White Publishing Tel: 0131 625 4500 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Issued on behalf of Black & White Publishing by Liquorice Media tel 0141 564 8058 Date 12th May 08
Notes to Editors
CLARE GROGAN Born Clare Patricia Grogan, she was discovered by film director Bill Forsyth when she was waitress in a Glasgow restaurant. She shot to fame at 18 as Susan, the girl who finally got her man in the 1981 film, Gregory's Girl. Had worldwide success as lead singer of "Altered Images", a 1980s Scottish new wave band. Their hits include Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy and Don’t Talk To Me About Love. Married record producer and former Altered Images band mate, Stephen Lironi in Glasgow in 1994. They live in North London with their daughter Lucia, who they adopted as a baby. She had a recurring role playing Dave Lister's would-be love-interest, Kristine Kochanski, in series 1, 2 and 6 of the TV show Red Dwarf. Other TV roles include Father Ted, Eastenders, Sea of Souls, Taggart and most recently can be seen playing the mad mum in BBC Scotlands new sit com Legit. Other film credits include, Comfort and Joy, Jilting Jo, Monday 10am, and most recently the cult football movie The Penalty King. Clare over the years has presented music, film and travel shows for television and radio, and is a regular contributer to BBC6 Music. She is just putting the final touches to her first novel, as part of a series of 3 books that she has been commisioned write for young girls. The first book in the The Adventures of Tallulah Gosh series is out later this year and is titled Tallulah And The Teenstars. Clare can next be seen on TV in the Channel 4 comedy ‘The Smallest Game In Town’ and the drama ‘Emo’.