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Maria Tambini is a 13-year-old girl with an amazing singing voice. Growing up above her mother's chip shop on the Scottish island of Bute, living at the centre of her family's dream of fame, Maria is an extraordinary girl making ready to escape the ordinary life. We first meet her amidst the faded grandeur of the seaside resort of Rothesay, with the Argyll hills and the Eighties in front of her, and behind her a long shadow: the secret story of her Italian-immigrant family. When Maria wins a national TV talent show she is taken to London and becomes an instant star of what used to be called light entertainment; she sings with Dean Martin and tours America, can fill the London Palladium, yet all the while 'the girl with the giant voice' is losing herself in fame and begins a private war against her own body. Maria becomes a living exhibit in the modern drama of celebrity: is it possible that she can be saved by love? Or is she to be consumed by an obsessive culture, by family lies and her number one fan? The cast of characters is so vivid and complex that they seem to encompass within their enthralling stories a portrait of a whole society, its history and its spirit.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 1417637005 / 9781417637003 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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August 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 0151010005 / 9780151010004 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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April 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 0571195016 / 9780571195015 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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2003 : UK Hardback
Title: Personality LARGE PRINT
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 1841976547 / 9781841976549 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper large print
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Paperback Editions

May 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 0156029677 / 9780156029674 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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April 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 0571217753 / 9780571217755 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan
ISBN: 0571219004 / 9780571219001 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Personality
Author(s): Andrew O'Hagan

Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction
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