HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX
BESIDES the delicious bites of gossip in our newspapers, there’s nothing that gets a town in a tail spin more than a full serve of thinly veiled spite in the form of a novel by ‘‘ Anonymous’’.
Full of ‘‘ guess who, don’t sue’’ swipes, with names changed to protect the guilty and the author from legal action, they are literary gold sold on innuendo alone.
Channel 9 was skewered in one a few years back when Boned picked over the wounded network.
Then there was The Bride Stripped Bare, a shocking story of a desperate London housewife with a fondness for random sex acts with mini-cab drivers.
It didn’t take long to out the author as Australian writer Nikki Gemmell, who used the notoriety to launch her publishing career.
And hitting the shelves this month is a new title, Strictly Confidential, by Sydney publicity queen Roxy Jacenko, dishing the dirt on the local media and society scene.
Perfectly timed too with what’s happening on Gossip Girl, where those Upper Eastsiders are discovering Dan Humphrey packs a punch with his pen in a saucy new novel.
All the gang feature but, of course, they’re all too busy being fabulous to actually read it (until their minions do it for them). Cue fireworks.
For bride-to-be Blair, it could spell the end of her nuptials to Grimaldi prince Louis, who had previously tried to stop the press to save his NY princess the scandal.
Serena’s ties to Dan present a work opportunity, when her producer boss demands she use her friendship to score the film rights to the book.
Meanwhile, Nate’s relationship with ‘‘ cougar’’ Diane (Elizabeth Hurley) remains a secret he’d like to tell. Gossip Girl, Fox8, 8.30pm
Target: Gossip Girl’s Blair