Making News

Pier 9 (Murdoch Books) 2010

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If you’ve read Making News, I’d love a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

Making News’ is my attempt to satirise the lowlife tactics employed by the tabloid press in London. It could be classified as YA, as it’s about a young boy’s battle to deal with the celebrity, tabloid scandal that is enveloping his famous father. The inspiration was originally Shane Warne and his Playboy boxer shorts!

‘The photo was clearly sexual, all skin and limbs. It was a CCTV image, which looked to be from security footage. Lucas leaned forward to read the accompanying paragraph. Within half a sentence it was as though a foot had crashed through the monitor and kicked his teeth in. He closed his eyes and willed himself to wake up. He checked again. The image was still there. My god, look at the goofy smiles. No wonder the world was laughing. Under normal circumstances, he’d be laughing too. If the face that was front-and-centre didn’t belong to a member of his family.’

Lucas Dekker is celebrity offspring, twice over. His Australian father, Charlie, has recently retired from a stellar football career in the Premier League. His English mother, Monica, is a self-help guru, who has sold millions of books with her pro-family message. But when Charlie’s involvement in a bizarre sex scandal hits the tabloids, the Dekkers’ own family dynamic will never be the same again.

Making News is a darkly hilarious story about celebrity culture, the media and what really goes on behind the smutty front pages that everyone loves to read.

Tony Martin launching ‘Making News’

“With the recent shock revelations of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole, and outside of football, the likes of Tiger Woods and Shane Warne, 'Making News', might be a work of fiction, but it is also shockingly very close to the bone. Rightly or wrongly, we all love to read about gossip, smut, scandal and the knocking down of a celebrity, and I'll guarantee you'll love reading 'Making News'. Full review” - James Powell, 2-Up Top
Making News is a light, enjoyable read with believable characters that add a good level of complexity, and intimacy, to carry the story forward.   Wilson gently layers the story threads, building the pace as the book progresses, dropping new titbits of information before rolling everything up to a satisfying, and gratifying, end.  The characters in this book really come alive and deliver an interesting, enjoyable read. Full review” - Sue Barker, M/C Reviews, 14/7/10
“... Snappy, funny and tightly written dialogue that is clearly Wilson’s strength. Full review” - Lisa Down, Crikey, 3/2/11
Making News is a fast-paced, near-realist melodrama sliced through with box-cutter blade humour. Previous comparisons with Ben Elton and Shane Maloney are not misplaced; it should have no trouble picking up good press. Full review” - Lee McGowan, Bookseller + Publisher Magazine, 7/7/10
“But while the football references are pitch perfect, this is really a novel about moral hypocrisy and the shallowness of celebrity culture. The arrows all find their mark but Wilson's comic touch is such that there is no bitterness or railing against the times and the bad guys all get their comeuppance in the end. Full review here      ” - Dan Silkstone, The Age, 21/8/10
“It's difficult to imagine who wouldn't enjoy this snappily written yarn. It's a truly non-guilty pleasure.” - The West Australian
“Making News is funny and cynical. Comparisons with Ben Elton and Carl Hiaasen spring to mind.” - South Coast Register
“Wilson has been compared to Ben Elton but to take such a comparison is to do him a  disservice...Really he is closer to Nick Hornby, his books propelled by flawed - and thus believable - characters doing their best to struggle through the difficulties of contemporary life.” - David Messer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28/8/10
“Making News should come with a warning that it shouldn't be read on public transport... unless you are happy for people to stare at you like a crazy person while you snort with laughter. I could not have loved it more. Without doubt my favourite Australian novel of the year.” - Wil Anderson
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  • With the recent shock revelations of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole... Tiger Woods and Shane Warne, 'Making News', might be a work of fiction, but it is also shockingly very close to the bone.

    James Powell, 2-Up Top

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  • Making News is a light, enjoyable read with believable characters that add a good level of complexity, and intimacy, to carry the story forward.

    Sue Barker, M/C Reviews, 14/7/10

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  • ... Snappy, funny and tightly written dialogue that is clearly Wilson’s strength.

    Lisa Down, Crikey, 3/2/11

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  • Making News is a fast-paced, near-realist melodrama sliced through with box-cutter blade humour

    Lee McGowan, Bookseller + Publisher Magazine, 7/7/10

    See all reviews
  • But while the football references are pitch perfect, this is really a novel about moral hypocrisy and the shallowness of celebrity culture. The arrows all find their mark but Wilson's comic touch is such that there is no bitterness or railing against the times and the bad guys all get their comeuppance in the end.

    Dan Silkstone, The Age, 21/8/10

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  • The West Australian

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  • Making News is funny and cynical. Comparisons with Ben Elton and Carl Hiaasen spring to mind.

    South Coast Register

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  • Really he is closer to Nick Hornby...Making News is an easy read, full of laughs and hard to put down.

    David Messer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28/8/10

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  • Making News should come with a warning that it shouldn't be read on public transport...

    Wil Anderson

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