A searingly funny journey from the Hollywood Hills to the rebel camps of Uganda – in search of the perfect date.
One day Jane was a comedy scriptwriter with a successful career in British television and bright hopes for her future in Hollywood. The next she's stranded in La La Land, reduced to interviewing celebrities for British magazines. And after three years of writing nothing but mindless puff pieces, being bullied by publicists and eulogising stars she's never even met, Jane is close to despair.
She is saved only by an unlikely crush on peacemaker John Prendergast. After seeing his photograph in Vanity Fair she will go to any lengths to get a date, pretending to be a foreign correspondent in Washington and following him to Uganda – only to discover he'd already left and she was alone in a war zone. Dodging trustafarians on holiday and the Ebola virus, Jane went on to discover a massive war crime involving hundreds of kidnapped children – and revealed it on her heroine Kate Adie's radio programme. Jane never quite got her man but she did regain her self-respect, becoming a Useful Person, briefly at least.
Brilliantly evoking the shallow madness of life in LA, and the harsh realities of life in Uganda, with razor-sharp wit and passionate observation, this is brilliant storytelling by a hugely talented writer.