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Based on a True Story is a seriously funny book, and the world Renzetti portrays is one where a child could be called Hecubah, prostitutes in tracksuits ride mobility scooters, and tattooed waiters expect to get their break selling a Tumblr comprised of hilarious sex ads.
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Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous in England for playing a slatternly barmaid on a nighttime soap opera and for falling down drunk in public. Now, she has no job, no relationship with her long-lost son, and a sad shortage of tranquilizers - but she has had an improbable hit with her memoir (which is based on a true story, but only very loosely).

But when Frances Bleeker - an insecure and not very successful American tabloid journalist - tells Augusta that a man she once loved has written a book, Augusta becomes terrified that her life story will be revealed as the web of lies it really is. She sets out on a trans-Atlantic journey from London to California to seek revenge on her former lover - a journey that will require the reluctant help of Frances.
 

About the Author

Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist for the Globe and Mail and for several years worked the London bureau. She has been the editor of the Books and Arts sections of the Globe and Mail and editor of Elm Street magazine. Her work has been anthologized in collections of essays, and she regularly appears as a radio and television commentator.
 
Published April 12, 2016 by House of Anansi Press. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sara O’Leary on Jun 20 2014

Based on a True Story is a seriously funny book, and the world Renzetti portrays is one where a child could be called Hecubah, prostitutes in tracksuits ride mobility scooters, and tattooed waiters expect to get their break selling a Tumblr comprised of hilarious sex ads.

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