5★ A timely story for our times
‘Stacey Newman used to be chubby and fond of sweet treats but she dreamt of becoming a serious journalist in search of the truth. But now she has a job with prospects on the programme "Let's just talk", where image counts, and has loads of followers on Instagram. She has learnt how to create an image for herself that is praised and envied by her fans. She now has a beautiful wardrobe of coordinated clothes, drives a slick red sports car, lives in the "right" part of town, has a boyfriend. Most importantly, she now knows how to do her make up to a polished finish and even how to take the right selfie to publish at every opportunity on social media.
‘She's addicted to it and to that image she has created and the validation that it gets from her followers. But at what cost? She has lost contact with the mother she once was close to as she cramps her style. What's her real relationship with Dan like? And with her colleagues/friends? The chance to interview a mysterious writer so has remained anonymous so far but has published an acclaimed love story, will set in motion a chain of events that will chance her world.
‘Mirror, Mirror is a timely story for our times about the effects and consequences of social media, of an unprecedented, relentless and largely unregulated exposure to the eyes of the world. It asks important questions about what Self is and what counts in life.
‘The story flows brilliantly, the characters feel authentic and the plot keeps you interested all the way through.’