Maria Tambini is a child prodigy. Born to an immigrant Italian family living on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, she is a singer of phenomenal talent. Diminutive in stature, she has the voice of a lioness. At the age of thirteen she is discovered by Hughie Green and becomes the star of Opportunity Knocks. She goes on to record hit after hit, and becomes a national institution. But the demands of fame begin to haunt her, and her ideas about herself become distorted and even grotesque. And then there is her number one fan, her number one stalker. This extraordinary novel is a cautionary tale for our times. It is also a vivid and profoundly moving portrayal of a powerfully self-contained immigrant community. PERSONALITY is destined to be one of the most significant novels for many years.
Author: O’Hagan, Andrew
Publisher: UK: Faber; US: Harcourt; Chinese (simplified): Shanghai Translation; Dutch: De Geus; French: Flammarion; Greek: Polis; Italian: Frassinelli; Norwegian: Aschehoug; Polish: Muza; Spanish (reverted): Debate; Turkish: Agora