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Cause Celeb - the critically acclaimed debut novel from a writer with a boundless grasp of the existential and the uproarious - has just landed in America. Deftly skewering the world of celebrity fundraising, Fielding has created an alternately comic and moving satire that straddles the glitter of media London and the horrors of an African refugee crisis.

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Published February 1st 2001 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1994)
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Skylar Burris
In "Cause Celeb" Fielding satirizes the pretentiousness of celebrities, the not-always pure motives of humanitarians, the poetical idiosyncrasies of Africans, the tangled and futile politics of foreign aid, and the stupidity of certain women when it comes to relationships.

I enjoy Fielding's novels even though I can never manage to relate to her female protagonists, who tend to be shallow women who lack self-respect, initially have bad taste in men, readily engage in casual sex, and play relatio
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Emily Hemmer
It's not quite as funny as Bridget Jones, not quite as adventurous as Olivia Joules, but for me, Cause Celeb has more heart, and truth, than any other Fielding book. The comedy is strange and honest. I wonder if Lena Dunham of GIRLS fame has ever come across this book, because Rosie and Dunham's Hannah character are cut from the same cloth.

The story is funny, gut-wrenching, loving, and inspiring. Fielding does an excellent job of posing some pretty serious questions to the reader including, what
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Tania
This book is about Rosie, who, after finally breaking up with her emotionally abusive boyfriend, Oliver, goes to do relief work in Africa. Because the UN isn't sending needed supplies, the refugee camp is running out of food. Rosie has to return to London and try to get the celebrities she used to associate with to come to Africa and do a benefit.

What really kept me reading the book is that I really liked and empathised with Rosie. She seemed like a good person, and I could relate to her belief
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Jill Holmes
"Cause Celeb" was Helen Fielding's debut novel, in advance of her overwhelming success with "Bridget Jones's Diary" and its sequel. This book does not have the sparkle that the Bridget Jones twosome owns, but all the same elements are there and show the promise to come. The main character and narrator is Rosie Richardson, a literary publicist obviously chosen for her job because of her decorative function at literary events. She is not as shallow as her employer and celebrity friends believe, as ...more
Shanu
Reading this book is like sitting with your butt in the middle of two chairs.
I really like BJD 1 and 2 (yes, the second book too!) and i hated olivia joules. So when i picked this one out of my shelf, i had the intention to read it as fast as i could and to give it away to whoever would be kind enough to take it.
But i don't know anymore. Because even though reading about rich laughable people doing humanitarian work is not something that is entertaining to me, i still think this that this book
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_inbetween_
Sticking with the Brits, this is Fielding's first novel. Bridget Jones meets Bob Geldof, half set in London with another pretty young woman thinking herself always too fat, loving an abusive asshole, drinking a lot and freaking out about make-up and stockings and shaving, the other half with her working as an aide in a refuge camp. Since Rosie is more intelligent and competent and assertive than Bridget, even though both are creatures of the publicity and media world, and since Fielding herself ...more
Emily Dahl
This book is being passed around at work for obvious reasons (that it's about a woman working for a nonprofit agency who is trying to get celebrity support for a refugee camp in Northern Africa).

I thought this was interesting because instead of the protagonist working for a fashion magazine, she works in a refugee camp in Africa. As this is written by the author of Bridget Jones, perhaps this will get more people interested in supporting international causes, or at least aware of them. Maybe/ma
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Gayla Twist
Okay, full disclosure, I did not finish this book. I picked it up thinking, "Hey, I wonder what Helen Fielding's writing is like when it's not BJ's Diary." To be honest, it's pretty darn good. I don't know if she's ever lived in Africa, but she really picked up on a lot of good detail. I stopped reading the book because it was breaking my heart. Too much human suffering for me to handle right now. Still too wound up from the whole Mommy hormone thing. I am impressed with HF's writing and will co ...more
Silvio111
Written earlier than the Bridget Jones books, and much deeper. Not just an interminable diary about pounds lost and gained, drinks drunk, and fellows not won; Cause Celeb is about a Bridget-like woman who transcends all that, goes to Africa to work in a refuge camp as a 20th century woman's analog of the French Foreign Legion, and discovers how unnecessary and unmerited her previous obsessive insecurity was. A charming book. I don't know why this one wasn't made into Helen Fielding's first movie ...more
Heather
Having read Bridget Jones & another novel of Fielding's I was excited to read Cause Celeb. From the very beginning I was disappointed. The lead character is not really developed & she makes choice that I cannot understand or respect. She ended up driving me nuts, as did almost every character in the book. The dialogue for certain characters, like Nadia & Andre, was very annoying & was hard to read smoothly. There is also very little humor or romance in this book. While you feel f ...more
Laura K
Cause Celeb was interesting at the start and at the finish, but in between there was a lot of lag. The meetings and tactical information about the relief camp read more like a non-fiction book than fiction. It seemed that there were two thinly related books merged into one.

However, I did appreciate learning more about relief efforts and relief workers (I understand that Helen Fielding did have actual experience in these areas, as well as investigative journalism, so she is well qualified to spe
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Kim
I didn't really like this book. The basic plot line is a group of celebrities go to Africa for a live broadcast to raise money for starving refugees. However, the book spends 95% of its time in a laborious lead up to this final scene and the whole book was rather boring.

I don't think it worked well to try to blend one story line of a comical (although not that funny) portrayal of a bunch of shallow self-absorbed celebrities with the human suffering experienced by a famine in Africa. I am now re
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Laura
I bought this book for 50 cents at a book sale, and then saw all the negative reviews on here. I have to say though, it was not as bad as I was led to believe. It was by no means the best book I've ever read or a literary masterpiece, but it was a fun and easy read. Fielding clearly did her research on Africa, as the feel is realistic. Although Rosie was not a very likable main character (I was so angry that she allowed the relationship with Oliver to last as long as it did) I found myself rooti ...more
Soho_black
Before there was Bridget Jones and her diary, Helen Fielding gave us Rosie Richardson. For some reason, "Cause Celeb" didn't hit the public consciousness in quite the same way as "Bridget Jones' Diary" did, so Fielding had to wait for the huge success she was to have. But having read the original "Bridget Jones' Diary" and enjoying it quite a lot, an investigation of Fielding's back catalogue seemed appropriate, even allowing for the disappointments that were "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" ...more
Margaret
I wanted to like this book, it just didn't come together for me. It was not believable.
Fabian
Sometimes chic lit is all you need. Truly.

With this novel I did not find what Bridget Jones brings to the table, nor what (the poor man's B Jones) Jemima J. experiences in the wacky world of Hollywood. I found something a bit more serious, some sad descriptions of a famished country in Africa (I keep reading about poor, poor Africa!), a tint of pathos that both aforementioned heroines only hint at. This one is combination comedy and tragedy... very well balanced. Skillfully so, and even if its n
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Ema
I picked this up a few years back, tried to read it but never really got into it. I picked it up recently and I love it, I finished it in under 2 days. This is Fielding's 1st novel, before Bridget Jones made her career. The writing style is very different, the subject matter much more serious.

The main character, Rosie, is a refugee camp administrator in a fictional African nation trying to get the world to pay attention to a famine that everyone says is not going to happen. And no one will list
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LindyLouMac
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This is the first novel by Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones fame which she wrote in 1994. Surprisingly I never read until now. It is a satirical story full of both ridiculous and tragic events about what happens when celebrity aid comes to the help of famine relief in Africa. It is this angle that makes this novel more than just another chick lit type novel. It is I read a subject Helen Fielding is interested in and she has worked in producing documentaries
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Prettyfutility
If you have read Fielding's Bridget Jones books--this is nothing like them (which I see as a plus). The characters are believable, face real dilemmas, are intelligent (but human) and are interested in more than their own small problems. Sadly, Fielding has apparently decided that writing trash is more rewarding. While the Bridget Jones' are (clearly) not my favorite, I was hoping that she might go back to writing something like this after exhausting the Bridget Jones frenzy. I was extremely disa ...more
melydia
Rosie Richardson works at a refugee camp in Nambula, Africa, where she's been for the last four years after breaking off a toxic relationship with the famous television man Oliver Merchant in London. It took me a while to get into this book, as it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a serious look at starvation in the Third World, or Bridget Jones Goes to Africa (yes, I know it was written before Bridget Jones's Diary, but you get my drift). Some parts were very funny, and others made me fee ...more
Christina
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I really enjoyed this - probably not the least because I had just finished a disappointing book so this one was a welcome feast of light, somewhat humorous fare! Still - I had previously enjoyed the Bridget Jones Diary books so I knew I would like Helen Fielding's writing style. There were similarities here with her heroine who is ridiculously attracted to a rather awful man who keeps her utterly imbalanced. But the story of how she ends up finding herself and her self respect is much more dr
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Becky
Cause Celeb was Fielding's first novel but it didn't find a stateside publisher until Bridget Jones found success here. It is a fun read, and interesting in that the reader can see Fielding developing the style and wit that she used with such success with Bridget. The narrator, Rosie Richardson, while somewhat insecure and suffering the stereotypical problems of a single lass in London has more to say than Bridget. She is aware of the wider world (in fact a good portion of the novel's action t ...more
Bev
Another book on tape that I got from the library because the pickings were slim but it pleasantly surprised me. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if that were possible. I've never read Bridget Jones' Diary (but did see the movie), so my expectations were not too high. After a slow start where it seems like the story is merely a bunch of inane characters who are complaining about their celebrity lifestyles, the book takes a complete turn when Rosie, the main character, moves to a refugee camp in Africa ...more
Rebekah
If you're looking for another Bridget Jones, don't. Rosie Richardson is her own character -- equally relatable (if less horrifyingly so) but more grounded. Cause Celeb, unlike the Bridget Jones books, deals with an actual horrible situation that has nothing to do with ironing one's awfully curled hair. This was written before Bridget, so Fielding seems to be developing her voice still. You can definitely see growth between this and her later work.

Regardless of the differences, it's a good read.
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Marie
This book was not at all what I expected. Since the author was also the author of the Bridget Jones' series, I was expecting a witty chick lit novel. While there were funny parts in the book, overall I did not think I would call it funny. But, it was a good book that really put some life and depth into humanitarian work. Rosie, the main character, decides to leave her London lifestyle and job as a publicist after breaking up with a celebrity. She moves to Africa and begins work on a refugee camp ...more
Angie
Disillusioned by her glitzy life in London Rosie chucks it all in and spends 4 years running a refugee camp. It varied in tone, flipping from serious, mocking and moving. I could not engage with the character. Still an education on the unfairness of life.
Tina Bembry
There is a lot of Bridget Jones in here, and at first, that made me question if I'd make it through the book. But, it turns into a kind of Bridget Jones on mission, and the gripping situations that people who work on the front lines of disaster aid, medical and food relief comes through. I found it to be a strange beast, but the funny and oddball moments serve as comic relief against the deadly serious fight to help others survive. Like her other books, expect some raunchiness, which keeps me fr ...more
Janet
This was an odd book, and not what I expected from Helen Fielding. The main character Rosie is an aide worker in a camp in Africa. She was I formerly a publicist in London, but she had decided to leave after an unfulfilling romance with famous talk show host Oliver Marchant. I was expecting a Chiclet type book in the manner of Bridget Jones Diary, but this was an odd blend of making fun of the famous and an expose of the U.N. and feeding the starving. An another odd thing was that the African co ...more
Melissa Peregoy
Jun 18, 2008 Melissa Peregoy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book. It is not what I was expecting, which is actually good. I got this to take to the beach for some "fluff" reading, but it's actually got some meat on it's bones. I read Bridget Jones' Diary and Bridget Jones Edge of Reason and enjoyed them. This is a similar setup-young woman a bit on the silly side who is in a one-sided, disastrous relationship. She has decided to go to Africa to work in a relief camp. The content is certainly more serious than I had anticipated ...more
Dysmonia Kuiper
I gave up on this one. It simply did not hold my interest. I like every other book Helen Fielding has written, whether or not it involves Bridget Jones, but this one just didn't do it for me.
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Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb, Bridget Jones’ s Diary, Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget ...more
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