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Katie Piper is ‘Beautiful’, cry cry cry CRY!!!

5 Aug

I’ve never cried so much reading a book as I just did reading ‘Beautiful’ by Katie Piper. I feel compelled to tell EVERYONE to go out and get it. I picked it up at the airport yesterday in Singapore, read it the whole way to Bangkok and sobbed my way through a hotel brekky this morning in front of a bunch of strangers as I finished it.

It’s such an amazing true story,…. Katie was a model and aspiring TV Presenter in the UK, with the world at her fingertips, when she met a guy on Facebook who proceeded to fall in love with her, obsess over her and eventually rape her in a hotel room. He then had a stranger throw a coffee cup full of industrial sulphuric acid in her face, scarring her for life. This book is her true account of what happened and the emotional anguish she endured as a result of having her life snatched away from her, on a street outside her house.

As a bunch of angelic people surrounded Katie to help fix her face, including her surgeon and a specialised treatment centre in France, she had to find the strength to give evidence in court and stand in front of the man who ruined her, as he LIED about raping her. He never even showed any remorse for what he did and is currently serving just SIXTEEN years in prison. This doesn’t seem fair for such a monster. I actually think he deserves to burn in hell, just like Katie did after his mate threw the acid on her beautiful face.

Katie has since got her life back on track however, which is great to hear. Simon Cowell now supports the Katie Piper Foundation which aims to help people suffering with burns, and since Channel 4 made a couple of documentaries about her, she’s inspired so many more people around the world to stand up and be courageous in the face of horrific injuries, both physical and mental.

What an incredible woman. She deserves all the happiness in the world. I’m so glad I bought this book, go out and get it too!

A millionaire’s launch party…

6 Jan

Just as I expected, planning a book launch is not going to be easy. I thought I found an awesome place yesterday, right in the funky depths of Sydney’s Surry Hills, called Souk In The City. How fitting! But I just got an email back:

“Thank you for taking interest in Souk in the City, and for the opportunity of hosting your upcoming Book Launch function on Thursday 3rd February 2011 for approx 50 -60 guests.

The Price per person including all the food, champagne cocktail, wine and beer on arrival is: per person for 3 Hours $115.00. For your Event we can provide that to you for 3 Hours $110.00 per person or 4 Hours $120.00 per person.”

So yeah, they’ve offered me a bit of a discount, but still, I can’t afford that can I?! If 60 people actually do turn up, that’s $6900 out of my own pocket, just to keep them all supplied with booze and canapes. That’s the price of a 7 day cruise round the Caribbean. And if I had that much spare money in the bank I’d be ON a cruise round the Caribbean. Hmmm….

I don’t think I’m expected to pay a price per head for this thing, as much as I’d love to. That would be one helluva party and everyone would DEFINITELY buy my book! Maybe even two copies each if I got them pissed enough. But seriously, I have to find another way. Surely there’s a funky bar space out there that will let me hire it without forking out so much cash?!

ANYWAY, I’m off to get my book now, wahey! I’ll worry about the launch later I guess…


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