Inside Scoop: Tom Dolby Dishes About His New Book, The Sixth Form


Tom Dolby’s first book, The Trouble Boy, featured a scene after a
party in which an up-and-coming public relations girl hits a pedestrian
with her SUV. Some media outlets have speculated that this character
was based on publicist Lizzie Grubman, whom authors Candace Bushnell
and Melissa de la Cruz have also renamed and cast in their novels. What
is the name of Tom Dolby’s public relations character, the girl with
the “straightened hair and obvious nose job” who has problems with
running over unsuspecting passersby?

Be the first to answer the question correctly in this post’s
comments section and the book is yours! Be sure to include your e-mail
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  1. rascal says

    Tom is very handsome and I’m sure he’s a talent, but this isn’t this gay-at-boarding-school genre a little tired already?

  2. Jeff NYC says

    Actually the whole author-as-pretty-boy thing is getting pretty tired. Let’s get some ugly guys in here who can REALLY write!

  3. says

    Yes, Jeff NYC, because God knows you can’t be handsome AND talented, right? So let’s just discount him all together because he’s “pretty.”

    Although I was about to call out Andy for the same thing, not for the author he features, but for the bloggers he chose for this piece. Andy, I just checked Josh and Josh’s blog – they sometimes list what book they’re reading at the moment or just finished. Not a description or essay or opinion, just a list.

    Then, for the “Best Books of 2007″ post, they used descriptions from! These bloggers who can’t even write a one-paragraph description about the books they loved so much (much less a thoughtful, insightful opinion about them), these guys are the ones you get for your lit posts? What, because they’re nice and cute and whatever? Sorry, but they have some seriously shaky lit credibility.

    I mean, I LOVE that you feature anything on gay authors (although your choices tend to run to the pretty obvious and mainstream), but if you’re going to profile or interview them, at least pick correspondents who actually, you know, write about literature.