All the way from LA… Claire Fordham

There’s an event with a difference at Gallery On The Square on September 25: a rare chance to catch up with writer Claire Fordham.

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Claire Fordham

Claire, a former journalist from Dorset, is the sister of renowned singer-songwriter Julia Fordham. After Julia found international fame and made her home in Los Angeles, Claire flew over to join her, and her encounters in the surreal world of celebrity culture led to her first book, titled ‘Plus One: A Year in the Life of a Hollywood Nobody’.

It was enthusiastically received – not least by best-selling author Augusten Burroughs, who said: “Claire Fordham is the funniest writer on the planet. She is the real-life Bridget Jones, only funnier and more beautiful.”

Sixteen years after she first flew to LA, Claire is still there, but she will be back in England briefly this month to promote her latest book, ‘Life Lessons for Mia Rose: An Irreverent Guide to Living and Loving Well’.

In it, Claire shares her experiences and her own lessons learned with humour and honesty. It has been described as a must-read for any mother or grandmother.

Claire said: “I was inspired to write the book after the birth of my granddaughter, Mia Rose. She is four now, and I will give it to her on her 16th birthday. I wanted to share some of the things I have learned, and for her to know me.”

At 6.30pm on the evening of Friday September 25 at Gallery On The Square, Poundbury, Claire Fordham will be reading from her new book and signing copies. If you would like to come along, e-mail

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