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