Pier 9 (Murdoch Books) 2010
‘Making News’ was my attempt to satirise the lowlife tactics employed by the tabloid press in London. Written during 2009, it includes phone hacking, entrapment, stakeouts and secret recordings. It doesn’t, however, include the hacking of a murdered teenager’s phone. It turns out I should have aimed lower.
‘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.
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 TopSee all reviews
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, 14/7/10See all reviews
... Snappy, funny and tightly written dialogue that is clearly Wilson’s strength.
Lisa Down, Crikey, 3/2/11See all reviews
Making News is a fast-paced, near-realist melodrama sliced through with box-cutter blade humour
Lee McGowan, Bookseller + Publisher Magazine, 7/7/10See 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, 21/8/10See all reviews
The West AustralianSee all reviews
Making News is funny and cynical. Comparisons with Ben Elton and Carl Hiaasen spring to mind.
South Coast RegisterSee all reviews
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, 28/8/10See all reviews
Making News should come with a warning that it shouldn't be read on public transport...
Wil AndersonSee all reviews