Original title: Célébre

Author: Ventura, Maud

Publication Date:

August 2024



Original language and publisher

French | L’Iconoclaste

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

English (North America) (HarperVia)
Italy (Feltrinelli)
Germany (under offer)
Sweden (under option)


Literary Fiction


Original title: Célébre

Author: Ventura, Maud


“Fame is my life. Was I prepared for such success? Of course I was”.

This book tells the story of a fierce, brutal and monstrous rise to fame. Cleo grew up in a French-American, but sadly unremarkable, family of academics. Since childhood, she has had only one obsession: to become famous. She will be a singer: she has the timbre, the charisma, the writing, the dual nationality. Over the years, Cleo jumped all the obstacles that came her way, snatched each victory with her teeth, and cut each failure into her thigh. To everyone’s surprise but herself, Cleo becomes a global star, racking up millions of dollars, Los Angeles villas, and awards. Welcome to a world where artifice and the intoxication of wealth, impunity and the thirst for revenge reign. Famous is the brilliant, acidic and accurate portrait of our times and a cruel mirror of our obsession with the modern Mount Olympus.

– To meet an extraordinary heroine, cynical and ferocious, ready to do anything to get things done.
-To get a behind-the-scenes look at the global entertainment industry and the drug that is celebrity.
– For the final twist that leaves us speechless.

We don’t know if Maud Ventura always dreamed of becoming famous. In 2020, she sent her manuscript to L’Iconoclaste. Love at first sight from the very first lines. My Husband is born and meets an incredible success: crowned with the First Novel Prize, it goes around the world, is translated into fifteen languages, appears even in the columns of Oprah Winfrey in the United States; its paperback edition becomes one of the best sellers of 2023 in France. Within a few months, it had gained 340,000 readers. Tackling universal themes is perilous. But Maud Ventura succeeds brilliantly. After the theme of love in My Husband, she rubbed shoulders with fame. In Famous, she invents a stubborn heroine, whose all-consuming ambition is matched only by her wickedness. Fascinating, cruel and brilliant!


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